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Support for Civil War site ramps up

While Virginia's State Corporation Commission starts hearing legal arguments this week about the actions of Highland New Wind Development, officials and citizens are telling Richmond officials that Camp Allegheny, the nearby battlefield, needs to be protected from the 19-tower project. ...Allegheny is part of an historic and scenic landscape that belongs to the American people Highland New Wind Development may be located in Virginia and Camp Allegheny in West Virginia, but it is the citizens of the entire country who stand to lose if the 400-foot tall, 285 foot wide turbines are allowed to be built where they are currently sited.

MONTEREY - While Virginia's State Corporation Commission starts hearing legal arguments this week about the actions of Highland New Wind Development, officials and citizens are telling Richmond officials that Camp Allegheny, the nearby battlefield, needs to be protected from the 19-tower project.

Highland residents have submitted letters to SCC chief counsel William B. Chambliss, urging consideration of the Civil War site.

"As voting residents of Highland County we write in support of the position taken by (the Department of Historic Resources)," wrote John and Mollie Payne of Monterey. "Camp Allegheny, an important battlefield of the Civil War, is at risk from an industrial wind utility that never should have received a siting certificate. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located on both sides of a National Scenic Byway, Camp

Allegheny is part of an historic and scenic landscape that belongs to the American people Highland New Wind Development may be located in Virginia and Camp Allegheny in West Virginia, but it is the citizens of the entire country who stand to lose if the 400-foot tall, 285 foot wide turbines are allowed to be built where they are currently sited.

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MONTEREY - While Virginia's State Corporation Commission starts hearing legal arguments this week about the actions of Highland New Wind Development, officials and citizens are telling Richmond officials that Camp Allegheny, the nearby battlefield, needs to be protected from the 19-tower project.

Highland residents have submitted letters to SCC chief counsel William B. Chambliss, urging consideration of the Civil War site.

"As voting residents of Highland County we write in support of the position taken by (the Department of Historic Resources)," wrote John and Mollie Payne of Monterey. "Camp Allegheny, an important battlefield of the Civil War, is at risk from an industrial wind utility that never should have received a siting certificate. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located on both sides of a National Scenic Byway, Camp

Allegheny is part of an historic and scenic landscape that belongs to the American people Highland New Wind Development may be located in Virginia and Camp Allegheny in West Virginia, but it is the citizens of the entire country who stand to lose if the 400-foot tall, 285 foot wide turbines are allowed to be built where they are currently sited.

"Does the SCC want to set the precedent for allowing an industrial wind utility to be located in a pristine landscape that has remained virtually unchanged in 150 years?" they said.

John Vinson of Monterey wrote, "I would like to request that your agency provide strict oversight of HNWD's proposed wind generator project. This project almost certainly will mar the character of the Camp Allegheny battlefield, one of the most undisturbed Civil War battlefields left in the country ... Although the battlefield is across our country line in West
Virginia, it is a matter of concern for Virginians and all Americans. Protecting our history and heritage is essential. Please consider this concern, which many in this county share, and take all steps to ensure that HNWD complies with reasonable regulations. If it cannot accept this scrutiny, please consider stopping the entire project."

The Pocahontas County Commission wrote to DHR counsel, Senior Assistant Attorney General Steven Owens, who will argue on behalf of the agency this week. The commission, they said, "greatly appreciates the work of the Attorney General and the (DHR) to encourage proper planning and evaluation of HNWD's proposed wind turbine project, particularly with respect to its foreseen negative impact upon Camp Allegheny Battlefield ... Proper evaluation of the visual and auditory impact ... has not been completed. Of equal concern is the apparent lack of West Virginia and Pocahontas County in the dialogue and planning of this project, to the extent that our due process rights as a state and county have been infringed upon and overlooked."

The PCC wrote another letter to Owens subsequently, adding that HNWD says the battlefield is more than two miles from the wind project. "While it is true that furthest extends of the battlefield and wind farm residen more than two miles away," the commission said, "it is also true that the eastern portion of the battlefield lies less than 1.5 miles from the nearest portion ...
on Tamarack Ridge. We are pleased that the DHR continues to make clear that its 'inventory of historic resources is by no means comprehensive.'"

Susan Pierce, deputy state historic preservation officer with the West Virginia office, also wrote to Chambliss, indicating her agency supports DHR's position. "The intent of the state review process is consultation with an applicant to insure that adverse effects are avoided, reduced and/or mitigated prior to the initiation of work," she said. "It is our understanding that consultation regarding the wind turbine project has failed."

She, too, reminded the SCC about the effects on the battlefield. "We request that the SCC look carefully at the efforts by the applicant to address potential effects to historic resources, and the attempts made by the DHR to fulfill its responsibilities ... We hope that the SCC will work with both to resolve the current impasse and provide an adequate opportunity to address the potential adverse effect to Camp Allegheny."


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SEP 24 2009
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