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Hearing Scheduled on Highland New Wind Compliance with SCC Order

Highland New Wind Development (HNWD), the self-touted "Greenest Wind Farm in the World," has initiated clearing, road work, and excavation for its 19-turbine project in the remote Allegheny Mountain, Laurel Fork area along the Highland County-Pocahontas County, Virginia-West Virginia border. ...The SCC has scheduled a hearing to be convened on September 23, 2009 to receive evidence and testimony from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) and HNWD concerning the wind energy developer's compliance with the SCC's December 2007 order

Highland New Wind Development (HNWD), the self-touted "Greenest Wind Farm in the World," has initiated clearing, road work, and excavation for its 19-turbine project in the remote Allegheny Mountain, Laurel Fork area along the Highland County-Pocahontas County, Virginia-West Virginia border. Actual construction of turbines and completion of the project, however, remain in question amid escalating controversy, expanding legal issues, and apparent investor uncertainty.

Continuing objections to the project focus on the developer's failure to meet permit conditions imposed by the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC), flawed Erosion and Sediment Control Plans, non-compliance with the federal Endangered Species Act, unauthorized reinterpretation of the Virginia-West Virginia border, and unaddressed impacts to Camp Allegheny, a uniquely pristine Civil War battlefield on the National Register of Historic Places.

The SCC has scheduled a hearing to be convened on September 23, 2009 to receive evidence and testimony from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) and HNWD concerning the wind energy developer's compliance with the SCC's December 2007 order requiring HINWD to coordinate with the DHR for guidance... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Highland New Wind Development (HNWD), the self-touted "Greenest Wind Farm in the World," has initiated clearing, road work, and excavation for its 19-turbine project in the remote Allegheny Mountain, Laurel Fork area along the Highland County-Pocahontas County, Virginia-West Virginia border. Actual construction of turbines and completion of the project, however, remain in question amid escalating controversy, expanding legal issues, and apparent investor uncertainty.

Continuing objections to the project focus on the developer's failure to meet permit conditions imposed by the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC), flawed Erosion and Sediment Control Plans, non-compliance with the federal Endangered Species Act, unauthorized reinterpretation of the Virginia-West Virginia border, and unaddressed impacts to Camp Allegheny, a uniquely pristine Civil War battlefield on the National Register of Historic Places.

The SCC has scheduled a hearing to be convened on September 23, 2009 to receive evidence and testimony from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) and HNWD concerning the wind energy developer's compliance with the SCC's December 2007 order requiring HINWD to coordinate with the DHR for guidance regarding the need for surveys and studies to evaluate the project's impacts to historic resources. The SCC has also required that HNWD submit an "answer or other responsive pleadings" by 091409.

The DHR has sought an "expedited review and response" from the SCC based on the DHR's belief that HNWD has "failed to comply with either the letter or the spirit" of the SCC order.

The SCC has also received letters expressing concern about the impact of the project on the Camp Allegheny from the Pocahontas County Commission, WV Congressman Nick Rahall, the National Park Service, and the WV State Historic Preservation Office.

The developer has reportedly dismissed concerns about Camp Allegheny, stating his opinion that the battlefield is insignificant.


Source: http://www.vawind.org/#nonc...

SEP 4 2009
http://www.windaction.org/posts/22036-hearing-scheduled-on-highland-new-wind-compliance-with-scc-order
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