State agencies take turn tilting at windmill plan - Several state agencies fear the windmills will harm endangered animals and the viewshed
Highland New Wind Development LLC remains optimistic about building Virginia's first major wind farm despite concerns from state agencies about its environmental effects.
March 12, 2006
by John Cramer
in The Roanoke Times
The company's studies show the proposed project -- which would put 19 windmills atop two ridges on Alleghany Mountain in Highland County -- would cause minimal damage to the environment. But state biologists say the giant wind turbines could harm endangered bats, birds, viewsheds, other natural resources and tourism in rural Highland County, known as "Virginia's Switzerland."
The state agencies don't oppose the project but recommend further studies be conducted for at least a year before construction starts and for several years after the project is completed.
Frank Maisano, a spokesman for Highland New Wind, said the agencies'... [continue via Web link]