www.windaction.orgfacts, analysis, exposure of wind energy's real impactsWindactionhttp://www.windaction.org/articles/c38+91?theme=atomXarayar2006-06-12T02:16:27ZOn a Frigid Peak biologists research the Marten's comeback.376332013-03-06T01:28:42Z2013-03-06T01:28:42ZOne concern about the wind turbines was that the wide roads needed for construction - where none had been before - would make it easier for predators like coyotes and fox to get up high.
That means they could compete with the Marten's food. Or, use the Marten as food.
"Canines have a predilection for roads and wider paths."Proposed wind farm imperils falcons, other threatened species.309292011-01-29T15:30:06Z2011-01-29T15:30:06ZPossible collusion and fraudulent Environmental Impact studies may be paving the way for the $120 million Groton Wind Project to move forward despite very real danger to threatened species, including the Peregrine Falcon. Mortality would come from falcons colliding with the turbine blades as well as the environmental degradation caused by the construction.
Wind farm proposal meets with concern.297642010-11-04T13:59:35Z2010-11-04T13:59:35ZSEC member Mike Harrington questioned that and asked that the company to provide more information on "muck pile management." He also said he was concerned that Groton Hollow Road could be blocked by construction vehicles which break down and wanted the company to address what they could do during construction to protect residents' use of their road.
Wind farm gets thumbs-up on final 3 criteria.213662009-05-28T13:32:38Z2009-05-28T13:32:38ZA proposed $275 million wind park in Coos Country has meet the statutory criteria to go forward.
The Site Evaluation Committee yesterday agreed the project proposed by Granite Reliable Power LLC did not adversely affect the natural environment, water and air quality or public health and safety, but will decide what conditions will be placed on the project at a later date. ...The evaluation committee also voted yesterday to give itself another month to make a final determination on the project. The deadline is now June 30.
Wind farm deliberations to wrap up on April 29 .209022009-04-24T22:13:05Z2009-04-24T22:13:05ZDr. Kent also said he believed it would be important for the state Fish and Game Department and scientists from the Appalachian Mountain Club to verify - ground-truth - the condition of the 1,700 acres that would be set aside as a mitigation package to compensate for habitat loss on Mt. Kelsey and Dixville Peak.
"We need to know the details, what's really on the ground, to understand if it's "tit-for-tat" - that is, the same spruce-fir habitat that will be lost on those ridgelines," Dr. Kent said. "No evidence has been presented."
Wildlife concerns voiced at wind park hearing.208382009-04-21T12:54:56Z2009-04-21T12:54:56ZConcerns about the safety of birds and bats were voiced at a state hearing yesterday on a proposal to construct a wind-energy park in Coos County. ...A subcontractor for the developer conducted a study of the birds and bats in the project area, but Don Kent, a member of the site committee and the Natural Heritage Board, said it was inadequate.State to hear plans for new wind farm in Coos County.203012009-03-05T02:58:47Z2009-03-05T02:58:47ZOn Monday New Hampshire's Site Evaluation Committee is going to begin evaluating a proposed renewable energy project for Coos county.
Granite Reliable Power wants to put up 33 wind turbines on nine miles of ridgeline across Millsfield, Dixville and Dummer.
The project would go a long way to increasing the state's renewable energy portfolio.
But as NHPR Correspondent Chris Jensen reports, it has a great deal of opposition.
Army Corps of Engineers seeks input on wind energy project.200112009-02-11T22:21:18Z2009-02-11T22:21:18ZGranite Reliable Power, LLC, a subsidiary of Noble Environmental Power, is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for work in waters of the United States in conjunction with the development of a 100-megawatt wind energy facility in CoÃ¶s County.
The applicant proposes to place fill material in approximately 14 acres of waters and wetlands in conjunction with the development of the proposed facility, which has numerous project elements. ...Public comments regarding this permit request (File # NAE-2008-410) should be submitted no later than February 27 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Northern wind farm raises habitat worry.198802009-02-09T11:34:47Z2009-02-09T11:34:47ZBiologists for Fish and Game said the project of Granite Reliable Power LLC to build 33 turbines in the Dixville Peak and Mount Kelsey area would permanently bisect habitat of at least four wildlife species and will have "severe and unmitigated adverse effects on the natural community," which is host to about 60 others.
AMC has filed as an intervenor on the project, expressing concern about the siting of half of the 33 turbines for the same reasons.
Turbines, protected species intersect; Plans for wind farm face a legal dilemma .198212009-02-05T13:34:45Z2009-02-05T13:34:45ZGranite Reliable Power's plan to erect 33 wind turbines on peaks in Coos County might be good for Gov. John Lynch and his goal of making 25 percent of the state's energy renewable by 2025. It would not be so good, according to Fish and Game officials, for the American marten or the three-toed woodpecker, threatened species that depend on the high-altitude forests that the project would disrupt. Testimony of Will Staats.376012013-03-04T23:52:34Z2013-03-04T23:52:34ZWilliam Staats is a wildlife biologist for the New Hampshire Fish and Game. He submitted this testimony before the State of Vermont, where he resides. Mr. Staats has direct experience with the impacts of industrial scale wind energy development on New Hampshire ridgelines. His testimony provides critical insight into the true impacts of the towers on the State's wilderness areas.Winter surveys show White Nose Syndrome significantly affecting N.H. bats.267472010-04-12T22:02:12Z2010-04-12T22:02:12ZThis press document was released by the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game following winter surveys of bat populations in the State. According to bat expert Dr. Thomas Kunz, "the most severe threats facing bats in eastern United States are habitat loss, White Nose Syndrome, and proliferation of poorly sited industrial wind developments."
US Fish and Wildlife Service comments on Noble Environmental's proposed wind facility in Coos County.204432009-03-12T19:10:59Z2009-03-12T19:10:59ZThis letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers details the deficiencies in Noble Environmental Power's application to build a 99-megawatt wind energy facility in Coos County, New Hampshire. The US Fish and Wildlife Service makes a powerful case for why a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) should be undertaken in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).US EPA comments on Noble Environmental's proposed wind energy facility in Coos County.204442009-03-11T20:22:26Z2009-03-11T20:22:26ZThis letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers details the deficiencies in Noble Environmental Power's application to build a 99-megawatt wind energy facility in Coos County, New Hampshire. The US Environmental Protection Agency makes a powerful case for why a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) should be undertaken in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Nature Conservancy of NH comments regarding Coos County wind proposal.203582009-03-10T20:05:17Z2009-03-10T20:05:17ZThe Nature Conservancy of New Hampshire submitted the below comments to the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee in response to a proposal pending before the committee. The proposal, known as the Granite Reliable Power (GRP, LLC) Wind Park, seeks to erect thirty-three 3.0MW turbines along the Kelsey, Owlshead, and Dixville peaks located in Coos County, NH. GRP, LLC is owned by Noble Environmental Power.Audubon Society of NH comments regarding Coos County wind proposal.203592009-02-27T11:44:55Z2009-02-27T11:44:55ZThe Audubon Society of New Hampshire submitted comments to the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee in response to a proposal pending before the committee. The proposal, known as the Granite Reliable Power (GRP, LLC) Wind Park, seeks to erect thirty-three 3.0MW turbines along the Kelsey, Owlshead, and Dixville peaks located in Coos County, NH. GRP, LLC is owned by Noble Environmental Power. NH Fish and Game comments on proposed wind facility.193732008-12-11T23:07:13Z2008-12-11T23:07:13ZNoble Environmental, operating under the name Granite Reliable Power, LLC is proposing to erect a 99 MW wind energy facility in northern New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Fish and Game has submitted prefiled testimony to the State's Site Evaluation Committee expressing its concerns with the impacts to wildlife.FWS letter responds to Lempster Wind (NH) preconstruction studies.148232008-01-31T16:25:47Z2008-01-31T16:25:47ZBird and Bat Studies Conducted at Proposed or Existing Windpower Facilities.86142007-03-01T00:00:00Z2007-03-01T00:00:00ZThis document includes studies in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.Lempster Mountain Wind Power Project: Direct Pre-filed Testimony of Lisa Linowes.78932007-02-07T22:22:48Z2007-02-07T22:22:48Z
Why did you petition to become an intervenor in this matter before the NH SEC?
With New Hampshireâ€™s recent reinstatement of PILOT agreements and legislative efforts to a Renewable Portfolio Standard, the regulatory groundwork is being laid for more wind facilities to enter the state. Yet, New Hampshire, like many states, has no consistent regulatory process in place for reviewing these projects to ensure our environmental, societal, and economic interests are protected. The work the NH SEC has agreed to undertake in reviewing this application is precedent setting. How the committee approaches its review and the weight it places on arguments presented by all sides will impact other developments in the State as pertains to renewable energy projects.
There are a multitude of conflicting issues at play when considering any wind project. My commitment to this process is to help provide, to the best of my ability, valuable and timely information that will assist the Committee in making an informed decision on this application.