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Public hearing on Dan's Mountain wind turbine proposal

A public hearing will be conducted Jan. 22 in Frostburg on a company's proposal to construct up to 29 wind energy conversion systems near Vale Summit along the ridge of Dan's Mountain. The hearing is prompted by Dan's Mountain Windforce LLC's application to the Maryland Public Service Commission for an exemption from the requirement to obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity and for approval to construct up to 29 wind turbines.

A public hearing will be conducted Jan. 22 in Frostburg on a company's proposal to construct up to 29 wind energy conversion systems near Vale Summit along the ridge of Dan's Mountain.

The hearing is prompted by Dan's Mountain Windforce LLC's application to the Maryland Public Service Commission for an exemption from the requirement to obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity and for approval to construct up to 29 wind turbines. It is scheduled for 4 p.m. inside Dunkle Hall's Room 218 at Frostburg State University. Should there be inclement weather, the alternative hearing date will be Jan. 27 at the same time and location.

Frostburg resident John Bambacus said the application by Dan's Mountain Windforce LLC, a subsidiary of U.S. Windforce LLC, is exactly what he feared since June, when he appeared before the Allegany County Planning and Zoning Commission.

"What I told you was going to happen is happening," Bambacus said. "It's just been a very frustrating period of time."

He said the planning commission has "a responsibility to seek out the best scientific and medical research to protect the public."

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A public hearing will be conducted Jan. 22 in Frostburg on a company's proposal to construct up to 29 wind energy conversion systems near Vale Summit along the ridge of Dan's Mountain.

The hearing is prompted by Dan's Mountain Windforce LLC's application to the Maryland Public Service Commission for an exemption from the requirement to obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity and for approval to construct up to 29 wind turbines. It is scheduled for 4 p.m. inside Dunkle Hall's Room 218 at Frostburg State University. Should there be inclement weather, the alternative hearing date will be Jan. 27 at the same time and location.

Frostburg resident John Bambacus said the application by Dan's Mountain Windforce LLC, a subsidiary of U.S. Windforce LLC, is exactly what he feared since June, when he appeared before the Allegany County Planning and Zoning Commission.

"What I told you was going to happen is happening," Bambacus said. "It's just been a very frustrating period of time."

He said the planning commission has "a responsibility to seek out the best scientific and medical research to protect the public."

Not enough information is known now by the local government to make those decisions. Commission members and county staff have noted it's a new issue for them. Much of the information they have reviewed in recent months has come from wind energy companies.

During a public meeting June 18, Bambacus asked for a moratorium on the issuance of any siting and grading permits for any industrial wind energy projects. The request was not acted upon by the planning commission. Member Bill Davis it was "not an issue" since no permits had been requested. That changed less than six weeks later.

On July 31, the Allegany County Division of Land Development Services issued to Dan's Mountain Windforce a grading permit for a geotechnical investigation for a commercial wind energy system and access roads near Vale Summit. The area is off Dan's Rock Road and View Point Lane northeast of Burning Mines Road approximately 2.5 miles north of Dan's Rock.

Davis has recused himself after an allegation that he could have a possible conflict of interest with his work for the Goodfellow real estate agency.

Planning commission attorney Wes McKee noted then that members had the authority to review such regulations in advance of any permit application.

If a permit were filed "today or tomorrow," McKee said, "we don't have the ability to stop this" with regulations currently in place.

McKee said there would be virtually no public input and only the Public Service Commission would oversee such projects.

The planning commission in June authorized county staff to review current information that could result in eventual zoning code amendments. To date, no amendments have been approved.

Those who are unable to attend the hearing but wish to submit testimony may do so before Jan. 22 by writing to Public Service Commission, William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21202. Reference Case No. 9164.

Copies of the application can be viewed online at www.psc.state.md.us. The application and an environmental review report both are available at the Frostburg Community Library, 65 E. Main St.


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JAN 7 2009
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