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Gamesa pulls windmill request

The request for an expansion of Logan Township's wind zone has been withdrawn because plans for a wind farm are being redesigned, Gamesa Energy USA representatives said Wednesday. ..."We are withdrawing our request," project manager Tim Vought said. "We've been looking at revising the project and sent a letter to the supervisors asking them not to vote at this time."

The request for an expansion of Logan Township's wind zone has been withdrawn because plans for a wind farm are being redesigned, Gamesa Energy USA representatives said Wednesday.

Logan Township Supervisors meet tonight and were scheduled to vote on Gamesa's request after holding a public hearing.

"We are withdrawing our request," project manager Tim Vought said. "We've been looking at revising the project and sent a letter to the supervisors asking them not to vote at this time."

Gamesa worked for months on plans to put a wind farm in the Chestnut Flats area of the township, which is zoned to allow the construction of wind turbines. Last year, the company said it needed more acreage for a financially viable operation and asked if it could put eight wind turbines outside the zone, north of Route 36.

The request stirred some controversy and fear among Avalon Road and Juniata Gap residents, who will be able to see and hear the turbines. The township's Planning Commission held a public meeting last year and drew a lot of comments in opposition. In December, the commission cast a unanimous vote recommending commissioners reject the request.

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The request for an expansion of Logan Township's wind zone has been withdrawn because plans for a wind farm are being redesigned, Gamesa Energy USA representatives said Wednesday.

Logan Township Supervisors meet tonight and were scheduled to vote on Gamesa's request after holding a public hearing.

"We are withdrawing our request," project manager Tim Vought said. "We've been looking at revising the project and sent a letter to the supervisors asking them not to vote at this time."

Gamesa worked for months on plans to put a wind farm in the Chestnut Flats area of the township, which is zoned to allow the construction of wind turbines. Last year, the company said it needed more acreage for a financially viable operation and asked if it could put eight wind turbines outside the zone, north of Route 36.

The request stirred some controversy and fear among Avalon Road and Juniata Gap residents, who will be able to see and hear the turbines. The township's Planning Commission held a public meeting last year and drew a lot of comments in opposition. In December, the commission cast a unanimous vote recommending commissioners reject the request.

"The day after that meeting, we started looking at other options," Vought said.

Supervisors have not publicly commented on how they intended to vote but indicated that they wanted input from the Planning Commission before deciding.

Vought and project developer Jon Baker attended the commission's public meeting and voting session.

"We are looking at a lot of options and trying to find something that works for everybody," Vought said.

Vought initially asked the township to delay the vote, but Township Manager Bonnie Lewis said the request could not be granted because it was advertised as an agenda item for tonight's meeting.

Vought said he and Baker plan to attend the meeting and remain available to address concerns.

"We value the input of residents and take seriously our commitment to the communities where we operate," Vought said in a letter to Lewis. "Our goal is to use the information we have received from township officials and others to determine how best to proceed with plans for the Chestnut Flats project."

If you go

  • What: Logan Township Supervisors meeting
  • When: 6 p.m.
  • Where: Township municipal building, 800 39th St.

Source: http://www.altoonamirror.co...

JAN 22 2009
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