This is a peculiar project from the standpoint of its effect on the public. While we suspect that some environmental activists, those who favor the greening of the planet, will be in favor, at least as many will be opposed because of their perceived belief that the horizon-dominating structures will be unsightly at best, and ugly at worst. And beyond that, pretty much anyone who likes the outdoors and spends time there will see the project as an in intrusion on their right to enjoy unblemished landscapes. ...The turbines, of course, would be instantly recognizable for what they are; thousands of such structures are visible all over the central and southern parts of California, mostly in the Tehachapi and Palm Springs region.
Will that visual impact doom the project? Possibly. The courts, last resort of Those Opposed To Anything and Everything, haven't yet been visited on the issue. But we suspect they will be.
April 1, 2008
by Steve Williams
in Daily Press
The good news about the proposal to build 28 or so 415-foot-high wind turbines along the ridge tops of the Granite Mountains between Apple Valley and Lucerne Valley is that, at the request of First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, the Board of Supervisors has extended the public comment period for the project to May 5.
The deadline was first set as March 31 - yesterday - but only as the deadline approached, apparently, did enough members of the public start expressing concern to prompt the extension.
Elevation of the Granite Mountains from sea level is about 4,800 feet, but from the surrounding... [continue via Web link]