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WindForce reps come against big questions

Disputing what's been called a "dialogue," several guests at Monday's US WindForce community meeting felt questions have gone unanswered just as the company recently announced its intention to file an application with the Public Service Commission for 23 wind turbines comprising the Pinnacle Wind Farm.

KEYSER - Disputing what's been called a "dialogue," several guests at Monday's US WindForce community meeting felt questions have gone unanswered just as the company recently announced its intention to file an application with the Public Service Commission for 23 wind turbines comprising the Pinnacle Wind Farm.

"This is more of a monologue," said Mineral County resident Greg Trainor after WindForce vice president of sales and marketing Dave Friend finished his presentation outlining the sections of the notice of intent for a siting certificate application sent to the PSC on Friday, January 30, 2009.

Alongside Trainor, guest and Keyser resident Mike Wilson expressed concern over the recreational impact on Jennings Randolph Lake, saying the 100,000-plus tourists who visit the site annually may be deterred.

"These people come from out of state to white water raft, canoe, and camp ... " Wilson said. "According to the Amy Corps of Engineers, 127,000 people visited in 2007 and 116,000 people visit in 2008."

Wilson also expressed concerns about wildlife impact, specifically bats, birds, and eagles.

A representative for the Local 1024 union of Cumberland, Md. said working... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

KEYSER - Disputing what's been called a "dialogue," several guests at Monday's US WindForce community meeting felt questions have gone unanswered just as the company recently announced its intention to file an application with the Public Service Commission for 23 wind turbines comprising the Pinnacle Wind Farm.

"This is more of a monologue," said Mineral County resident Greg Trainor after WindForce vice president of sales and marketing Dave Friend finished his presentation outlining the sections of the notice of intent for a siting certificate application sent to the PSC on Friday, January 30, 2009.

Alongside Trainor, guest and Keyser resident Mike Wilson expressed concern over the recreational impact on Jennings Randolph Lake, saying the 100,000-plus tourists who visit the site annually may be deterred.

"These people come from out of state to white water raft, canoe, and camp ... " Wilson said. "According to the Amy Corps of Engineers, 127,000 people visited in 2007 and 116,000 people visit in 2008."

Wilson also expressed concerns about wildlife impact, specifically bats, birds, and eagles.

A representative for the Local 1024 union of Cumberland, Md. said working a previous site showed little to no wildlife impact, and in fact deer were found resting at the base of the turbines.

Community advisory panel member and Keyser resident Frank O'Hara sought information on the tax revenue for Mineral County, and if the numbers were verified by the West Virginia State Tax Office or the Mineral County Assessor's Office.

Friend responded that the state tax office had been involved but didn't know if the county assessor had been contacted.

WindForce facilitator Mary Green said that O'Hara was asking for "incredible detail" and that in 30 days the application will be made public on the PSC and WindForce websites.

Trainor pressed on what he called "discrepancies" on the figures produced by WindForce and those of another project in Tucker County, which he said was twice as large, namely the handling of electricity.

"I want to know how many houses will be powered, what you really think," he said, "not ‘if the wind's blowing 40 miles-per-hour all year.'"

WindForce representatives were pressed for specifics throughout, and offered guests and panelists for clarifcation on what issues concerned them so that proper people could be contacted or those specifics may be tabled. Green produced a flip-chart to take down remaining questions that would be answered "at a future meeting."

One such future meeting takes place on Monday, March 2, 2009 at 6 p.m. at the Piedmont Fire Department, with discussion on the turbine viewshed reportedly on the agenda.


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FEB 3 2009
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