Wind Wanted: Firm eyes 18-acre facility in Centre, Blair counties
...environmentalists already have voiced concerns about what they say are the negative effects of fragmenting the forestland. Stan Kotala, president of the Juniata Valley Audubon Society, said Ice Mountain in Blair County, where part of the project would be built, is unique because it has a large expanse of unbroken forest. That interior forest is favored by some species including the bobcat, fisher and scarlet tanager, Kotala said.
The county Planning Commission's Natural Heritage Inventory designated the area a natural heritage area, he said.
"We just feel that it should be protected," he said.
Gary Thornbloom, chairman of the Sierra Club Moshannon Group, said the biggest concern is where the wind industry is putting its projects.
December 20, 2007
by Anne Danahy
in Centre Daily Times
If Gamesa Energy USA's plans go through, the company will convert wind blowing across part of Taylor Township to energy as early as the end of 2009
Joshua Framel, project developer in Gamesa's Philadelphia office, described the company's plan for the Sandy Ridge Wind Farm to the Centre County Planning Commission Tuesday night. The farm would have 25 two-megawatt windmills, with about 35 percent of the project in Taylor Township in Centre County and 65 percent in neighboring Snyder Township, Blair County, Framel said.
The project is still in its preliminary stages, and the company has not yet submitted a proposal to... [continue via Web link]