Wind project gets hearing
MONTEREY -- Cavers, birdwatchers, homeowners and others urged state officials Monday to deny the approval of 19 wind turbines on mountain ridges in Highland County.
March 14, 2006
by John Cramer
in The Roanoke Times
Testifying at the first of several public hearings before the State Corporation Commission, opponents of Virginia's first major wind farm said the proposed turbines would kill birds and bats, hurt property values, discourage ecotourism and open the door for further industrial wind-energy development in the rural county.
Highland New Wind Development LLC is the "nose of the wolf poking its nose through the door of our future," said G.K. McClung, a Monterey resident.
Project supporters said the windmills would have little impact on the environment, but would generate clean electricity as part of America's growing wind energy industry and would... [continue via Web link]