Local organizations strongly oppose wind farm site on Ice Mountain
Tyrone Mayor James Kilmartin has said that 70 percent of borough residents he has been in contact with oppose the wind farm project. This is a similar result to the Harrisburg Patriot News poll that revealed that 83 percent of Pennsylvanians oppose industrial wind farms on state forest lands.
Juniata Valley Audubon Society (JVAS) President Stan Kotala, M.D. has been at the forefront of the opposition in Gamesa's proposed wind farm on Ice Mountain. He said that the JVAS is not opposed to wind energy, but asks that wind energy be developed in an ecologically sound manner, avoiding ecologically sensitive areas, such as Ice Mountain.
"We ask that wind energy developers follow US Fish and Wildlife Service Guidelines calling for the avoidance of migratory pathways and unfragmented forests," said Kotala.
December 1, 2007
by Kris Yaniello
Spanish based wind energy developer Gamesa Energy USA is proposing to the Borough of Tyrone a possible wind farm containing 10 to 15 wind mills on its watershed property on Ice Mountain. If built, the borough will be paid $6,000 per wind mill per year during the Operation Period, or three percent of the gross annual electricity revenue, whichever is greater. It is a guaranteed minimum of $60,000 to $90,000 per year.
Although the money side of it sounds right and Gamesa's stance on environmental effects of the wind farm site and its surroundings are addressed by the company... [continue via Web link]