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CAPE VINCENT — The town Planning Board on Friday decided not to take any action on BP’s local application for the Cape Vincent Wind Farm.

The Planning Board recently had demanded that BP Wind Energy share its latest plans with town officials and update, amend or abandon its local application.

In response, BP sent local representatives a letter saying it would seek an Article X review — which imposes a 12-month deadline for the approval of the construction and operation of electric-generating facilities of 25 megawatts or higher — and submitted Monday its “Public Information Plan” for community outreach to the state energy siting board, which is the first step in the process.

However, the developer of the proposed $300 million project did not make clear whether it wanted the local application process with Cape Vincent dropped.

Describing BP’s latest move as “putting the monkey on our back,” Planning Board Chairman Richard H. Macsherry said Friday that Cape Vincent will not be the entity to terminate the application.

That would give the developer grounds to argue that the municipality has been unreasonable in its dealings related to the company’s wind application, Mr. Macsherry had said.

Also, he said he wanted Richard F. Chandler, director of business development for the Cape Vincent Wind Farm, to meet with local officials as part of BP’s outreach effort instead of holding “quasi-secret” meetings with just project leaseholders and “pro-wind people.”

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