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Proposed turbines worry Black Creek Twp. residents

Black Creek Township residents' concerns weren't eased by testimony Thursday from a wind power company that plans to construct 22 turbines on the Buck Mountain ridge. ...Resident Edward Vergari said the township should collect more information and mandate that all applicable state, county and local permits be secured by Penn Wind prior to zoning approval.

Black Creek Township residents' concerns weren't eased by testimony Thursday from a wind power company that plans to construct 22 turbines on the Buck Mountain ridge.

Only four turbines will be placed in Black Creek Township. The remaining will be stationed in neighboring Beaver Township, Columbia County, with construction projected to begin in late 2010.

The Black Creek Township Zoning Hearing Board granted a special exception to Penn Wind LLC of Sunbury to construct the turbines Thursday night after a three-hour hearing. About three weeks ago, Beaver Township granted conditional approval for the project.

Residents were concerned about quality-of-life issues and the environmental impact. Attorney Roger Weist II, who represents Penn Wind, and Chief Executive Officer Justin Dunkelberger reviewed the township's new 2009 wind turbine ordinance line by line during the hearing to ease concerns.

The ordinance attempts to prevent nuisance, health, safety and quality of life problems for residents. It also requires applicants for turbines and wind farms to apply for a special exception to the township zoning hearing board.

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Black Creek Township residents' concerns weren't eased by testimony Thursday from a wind power company that plans to construct 22 turbines on the Buck Mountain ridge.

Only four turbines will be placed in Black Creek Township. The remaining will be stationed in neighboring Beaver Township, Columbia County, with construction projected to begin in late 2010.

The Black Creek Township Zoning Hearing Board granted a special exception to Penn Wind LLC of Sunbury to construct the turbines Thursday night after a three-hour hearing. About three weeks ago, Beaver Township granted conditional approval for the project.

Residents were concerned about quality-of-life issues and the environmental impact. Attorney Roger Weist II, who represents Penn Wind, and Chief Executive Officer Justin Dunkelberger reviewed the township's new 2009 wind turbine ordinance line by line during the hearing to ease concerns.

The ordinance attempts to prevent nuisance, health, safety and quality of life problems for residents. It also requires applicants for turbines and wind farms to apply for a special exception to the township zoning hearing board.

Resident Edward Vergari said the township should collect more information and mandate that all applicable state, county and local permits be secured by Penn Wind prior to zoning approval.

Dunkelberger said the permits would be required at the land development stage, which is overseen by the township planning commission.

Beverly and Jeffrey Aschman, who own 48 acres of land near the site, including Rock Glen Falls, which supplies water to about nine residents, were concerned water quality and flow would be affected by the wind farm.

Dunkelberger said if the water quality diminished due to his operation, he would fix the problem immediately. Dunkelberger said Penn Wind came up with the system that calls for residents to file complaints with the zoning officer, who would forward concerns to the township supervisors. The supervisors would alert Penn Wind of any problems.

The Aschmans also had concerns for water runoff. Dunkelberger said those issues are monitored by government agencies. He said if earth disturbance created by construction affects water runoff, Penn Wind would be required to fix it.

Walt Balliet said he is not against green energy but had concerns for noise and the appearance of the turbines.

"We wanted to live here because of where it is and what it is and we wouldn't want that to change," he said.

Dunkelberger said the decibel level created by the turbines would be quieter than a newspaper printing press and quieter than a diesel truck traveling 50 feet away, at 40 mph.


Source: http://www.citizensvoice.co...

APR 25 2009
http://www.windaction.org/posts/19990-proposed-turbines-worry-black-creek-twp-residents
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