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Taos County Planning reviews wind proposal

According to the loyal opposition's attorneys, the proponents "slipshod" application was short on facts and long on "trust us" promises. Due to the major development status of the projected $150 million wind turbine field and a lack of information and time to digest it, the P&Zers voted to continue the hearing until Dec. 9.

At last night's Taos County Planning and Zoning Meeting, the wind farm projects proposed for Highway 64 on the west side of the gorge and Highway 285, north of Tres Piedras, will continue to blow in citizens' ears. According to the loyal opposition's attorneys, the proponents "slipshod" application was short on facts and long on "trust us" promises. Due to the major development status of the projected $150 million wind turbine field and a lack of information and time to digest it, the P&Zers voted to continue the hearing until Dec. 9. They will seek more information from applicants and opponents. The loyal opposition lives in the neighborhood of the proposed industrial wind operation.

The applicants made it clear they did not want to spend the money prior to approval on the Land Use Development Code requirements for major development, due to the expense of studies. Taken as a whole, the LUDC major development section can be compared to an environmental impact study. At last night's meeting, it appeared as if the opposition had spent more money on research, attorneys, and experts than the applicants. Since the attorneys for the opposition consistently cited the LUDC and... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

At last night's Taos County Planning and Zoning Meeting, the wind farm projects proposed for Highway 64 on the west side of the gorge and Highway 285, north of Tres Piedras, will continue to blow in citizens' ears. According to the loyal opposition's attorneys, the proponents "slipshod" application was short on facts and long on "trust us" promises. Due to the major development status of the projected $150 million wind turbine field and a lack of information and time to digest it, the P&Zers voted to continue the hearing until Dec. 9. They will seek more information from applicants and opponents. The loyal opposition lives in the neighborhood of the proposed industrial wind operation.

The applicants made it clear they did not want to spend the money prior to approval on the Land Use Development Code requirements for major development, due to the expense of studies. Taken as a whole, the LUDC major development section can be compared to an environmental impact study. At last night's meeting, it appeared as if the opposition had spent more money on research, attorneys, and experts than the applicants. Since the attorneys for the opposition consistently cited the LUDC and the applicants' lack of response to its provisions, it seems that they are laying the groundwork for an appeal if the P&Zers approve the project. The applicants are relying for the most part on convincing citizens and the commission that they are taking a giant step toward providing renewable energy as the antidote to wars for oil. Naturally, there are proposed economic benefits in the proposal.

The wind farm battle is a good example of how differently green energy enthusiasts and eco folks view the world. Currently, the opponents live in self-sustaining off-the-grid small-is-beautiful homes. Meanwhile, the proponents have a little of the "save the world" syndrome about them. It's the eco-freaks v. the ecoists. I'm not sure which enviro is which. Where are the tree huggers when we need them?


Source: http://www.taosdaily.com/in...

SEP 10 2008
http://www.windaction.org/posts/17030-taos-county-planning-reviews-wind-proposal
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