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Neighbors dispute Chevron's intentions

A community meeting to clear the air about Houston-based Chevron Global Power's proposed wind farm kicked up clouds about county regulations and company behavior at the Evansville school on Tuesday evening. ..."The issue is about you," responded Charlie Miller of the Elkhorn Creek Ranch LLC, whose property shares the southern fence line of the site. "Nobody wants this except you people," Miller said later. "Take it back to Houston with you."

EVANSVILLE -- A community meeting to clear the air about Houston-based Chevron Global Power's proposed wind farm kicked up clouds about county regulations and company behavior at the Evansville school on Tuesday evening.

"It sounds to me that the issue is policy," Chevron representative Monte McKillip told about 50 people who live near the 11-turbine site on 880 acres of the north property of the former Texaco refinery.

"Chevron is trying to follow the rules set by the county," McKillip said.

"The issue is about you," responded Charlie Miller of the Elkhorn Creek Ranch LLC, whose property shares the southern fence line of the site.

"Nobody wants this except you people," Miller said later. "Take it back to Houston with you."

He and others have objected to the 16.5 megawatt project because of the company's alleged lack of community involvement, the blades throwing ice, the blades' strobing effect at sunset, and the quarter-mile buffer zones around the 240 foot tall towers that overlap residents' properties.

Despite more than a dozen meetings with the public over the past two years, Chevron Global's public relations efforts have had mixed results.... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

EVANSVILLE -- A community meeting to clear the air about Houston-based Chevron Global Power's proposed wind farm kicked up clouds about county regulations and company behavior at the Evansville school on Tuesday evening.

"It sounds to me that the issue is policy," Chevron representative Monte McKillip told about 50 people who live near the 11-turbine site on 880 acres of the north property of the former Texaco refinery.

"Chevron is trying to follow the rules set by the county," McKillip said.

"The issue is about you," responded Charlie Miller of the Elkhorn Creek Ranch LLC, whose property shares the southern fence line of the site.

"Nobody wants this except you people," Miller said later. "Take it back to Houston with you."

He and others have objected to the 16.5 megawatt project because of the company's alleged lack of community involvement, the blades throwing ice, the blades' strobing effect at sunset, and the quarter-mile buffer zones around the 240 foot tall towers that overlap residents' properties.

Despite more than a dozen meetings with the public over the past two years, Chevron Global's public relations efforts have had mixed results.

"If the issue is you don't want the wind farm, that's something we're not going to agree on," said George Hejtmanek, Chevron Global's vice president of asset management.

But the imminent May 15 construction start date has escalated neighbors' concerns, stiffened the company's belief it has complied with regulations, and questioned Natrona County commissioners' approval of the conditional use permits on Feb. 3.

The clash resulted in a petition filed Friday by Miller and seven others who want a 7th District Court judge to review and invalidate the permits, stating the commissioners did not follow the county's policies about wind energy regulations.

The county and Chevron Global are reviewing the petition, said Commission Chairman Rob Hendry and company spokeswoman Jennifer Silva.

Meanwhile, the company plans to submit a traffic report about its trucks' use of Cole Creek Road plus a $1 million bond to pay for the eventual decommissioning of the site decades in the future.

"They won't get a building permit until they get the information in," Hendry said.


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APR 29 2009
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