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Wind farm opponents vent at public hearing

MONTEREY, Va. Opponents of a plan for a massive wind farm on a Highland County mountain are voicing their frustration to state regulators. The State Corporation Commission will finish two days of public hearings in Monterey today.

Most of the speakers at yesterday's hearings were opponents of the 19 giant wind turbines. Many of them are angry that local government officials support the plan.

Landowner Henry McBride of Harrisonburg has asked the commission for permission to build a wind farm on his mountaintop property.

His firm, Highland New Wind Development, would use 400-foot-tall wind turbines to generate enough electricity to power as many as 20-thousand homes.

Most opponents say the wind turbines would spoil the county's landscape. Supporters say the wind-generated power station would bring in major tax dollars for the county.

The Highland New Wind plant would be Virginia's first wind-generated power station.

Most of the speakers at yesterday's hearings were opponents of the 19 giant wind turbines. Many of them are angry that local government officials support the plan.

Landowner Henry McBride of Harrisonburg has asked the commission for permission to build a wind farm on his mountaintop property.

His firm, Highland New Wind Development, would use 400-foot-tall wind turbines to generate enough electricity to power as many as 20-thousand homes.

Most opponents say the wind turbines would spoil the county's landscape. Supporters say the wind-generated power station would bring in major tax dollars for the county.

The Highland New Wind plant would be Virginia's first wind-generated power station.


Source: http://www.wavy.com/Global/...

MAR 14 2006
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