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Commissioners must act to regulate wind farm industry

As taxpayers of Allegany County, Maryland and residents of Harwood Subdivision located adjacent to the proposed Dan's Mountain Wind Project, we are in favor of zoning regulations for industrial wind farms and support Code Home Rule Bill No. 2-09. The proposed regulations will play a vital role in providing protection to property owners that presently does not exist.

As taxpayers of Allegany County, Maryland and residents of Harwood Subdivision located adjacent to the proposed Dan's Mountain Wind Project, we are in favor of zoning regulations for industrial wind farms and support Code Home Rule Bill No. 2-09.

The proposed regulations will play a vital role in providing protection to property owners that presently does not exist.

We recognize the need for energy conservation initiatives and alternative energy sources and are supporters of green energy, but feel that industrial projects such as the one being proposed must be carefully planned to minimize their impact on the environment and existing property owners.

Issues such as safety, noise, light flicker, storm water run-off, ground water (well) disturbances, birdlife, decommissioning costs, and property value need to be thoroughly evaluated prior to placement of wind farms in such close proximity to existing housing.

Without appropriate zoning regulations, the taxpayers of Allegany County will undoubtedly be impacted by the current proposed wind farm as well as additional projects that will follow.

During the past year, many Allegany County citizens have voiced their concerns over... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

As taxpayers of Allegany County, Maryland and residents of Harwood Subdivision located adjacent to the proposed Dan's Mountain Wind Project, we are in favor of zoning regulations for industrial wind farms and support Code Home Rule Bill No. 2-09.

The proposed regulations will play a vital role in providing protection to property owners that presently does not exist.

We recognize the need for energy conservation initiatives and alternative energy sources and are supporters of green energy, but feel that industrial projects such as the one being proposed must be carefully planned to minimize their impact on the environment and existing property owners.

Issues such as safety, noise, light flicker, storm water run-off, ground water (well) disturbances, birdlife, decommissioning costs, and property value need to be thoroughly evaluated prior to placement of wind farms in such close proximity to existing housing.

Without appropriate zoning regulations, the taxpayers of Allegany County will undoubtedly be impacted by the current proposed wind farm as well as additional projects that will follow.

During the past year, many Allegany County citizens have voiced their concerns over the legitimacy of the Dan's Mountain wind farm project and advocated wind farm zoning regulations for the protection of all county property owners.

The need for wind farm zoning regulations was also recognized by the Allegany County Planning and Zoning Commission who in turn created Code Home Rule Bill No. 2-09.

It is now time for the County Commissioners to fulfill their obligation to the citizens of Allegany County by taking a stand against unregulated industry and approving Code Home Rule Bill No. 2-09.

We look forward to seeing the Allegany County Commissioners meet this present challenge with quick and decisive action. The resulting legacy of their actions will impact the region for many years to come.


Source: http://www.times-news.com/o...

APR 26 2009
http://www.windaction.org/posts/20038-commissioners-must-act-to-regulate-wind-farm-industry
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