Blowing in: Construction begins on wind turbine project in Cooke County
Mary Wells of FPL Energy said this past week that all the wind turbines will be located in Cooke County, although there will be a few in the Saint Jo School District, which crosses into Cooke County. ...Wells said where wind turbines are not as well known, there are often lots of questions, unlike in West Texas where they are more common.
"Very frequently people have questions we can satisfy, but some you can't reconcile. It is not unusual at all to face tough questions. If it is accepted, it can be a welcome experience. Sometimes it can't be resolved, but it is not a reason why we would not build," explained Wells.
Saint Jo area residents rose up in protest about the wind turbine project with neighbors in conflict with each other. A citizen's advocacy group was formed and the city of Saint Jo enacted ordinances prohibiting their location in the city limits or extraterritorial jurisdiction.
A lawsuit filed by a group of citizens from both counties seeking a temporary injunction to halt the wind farm production is still pending in the 235th District Court. Wells said in that suit an agreement has been reached and both sides are working out the details.
February 3, 2008
by Barbara Green
in Times Record News
It looks like the Wolf Ridge Wind Energy Center will be gathering wind only in Cooke County.
This week, an FPL Energy official, said construction work on roads has already begun and installation of the wind turbines could be completed by midsummer.
The project created a firestorm of debate across northeastern Montague County and western Cooke County in 2006 as FPL proposed installing 65 to 100 wind turbines in an intermittent line from north of Myra and Marysville through Saint Jo to east of Montague.
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