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Windmill saga: Turbine debate still brewing in Tazewell

Tazewell County residents are polarized on the windmill issue. Some are in favor of the wind turbines while some are adamantly opposed. Bluefield, Va., Mayor Don Harris reported that a large number of local residents have made it clear that they will be attending the scheduled Dec. 1 hearing to either protest or support the issue. The majority of the local residents appear to be opposed to the erection of wind turbines along East River Mountain, especially those who live within sight of the mountain.

Tazewell County residents are polarized on the windmill issue. Some are in favor of the wind turbines while some are adamantly opposed.

Bluefield, Va., Mayor Don Harris reported that a large number of local residents have made it clear that they will be attending the scheduled Dec. 1 hearing to either protest or support the issue. The majority of the local residents appear to be opposed to the erection of wind turbines along East River Mountain, especially those who live within sight of the mountain.

Mayor Harris said the issue is hot. Some are questioning who the real players are in the wind turbine proposal.

Several people have environmental and aesthetic concerns. Some just have questions and have not taken a position. Others want the jobs for the area, tax revenue, and security of having a nearby power supply.

Apparently the newly elected members of the Tazewell Board of Supervisors have ducked the issue and have taken to the high ground. This paper quoted John Absher as stating, "I've had a lot of people to question me on that and ask if I'm for them or against them. But I really need to know how much energy they can produce, and if we are going to benefit from that energy. There is a... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Tazewell County residents are polarized on the windmill issue. Some are in favor of the wind turbines while some are adamantly opposed.

Bluefield, Va., Mayor Don Harris reported that a large number of local residents have made it clear that they will be attending the scheduled Dec. 1 hearing to either protest or support the issue. The majority of the local residents appear to be opposed to the erection of wind turbines along East River Mountain, especially those who live within sight of the mountain.

Mayor Harris said the issue is hot. Some are questioning who the real players are in the wind turbine proposal.

Several people have environmental and aesthetic concerns. Some just have questions and have not taken a position. Others want the jobs for the area, tax revenue, and security of having a nearby power supply.

Apparently the newly elected members of the Tazewell Board of Supervisors have ducked the issue and have taken to the high ground. This paper quoted John Absher as stating, "I've had a lot of people to question me on that and ask if I'm for them or against them. But I really need to know how much energy they can produce, and if we are going to benefit from that energy. There is a lot of questions to ask."

James T. "Jim" Campbell Jr. told the Daily Telegraph that he is working to educate himself on a variety of issues in Tazewell County. All that sounded good, but the voters of Tazewell County should have had a clear indication of the position these gentlemen were taking before the election and these men should have been studying and forming opinions on the issues before the election and making their positions known.

Will Rogers had politicians pegged - "Anything important is never left to the vote of the people. We only get to vote on some man; we never get to vote on what he is to do." The wind turbine issue is divisive enough that it should be decided by the people and not by politicians. Will the wind turbines prove to be beneficial or will they be a nuisance? There are many other ridges and mountains nearby.


Source: http://www.bdtonline.com/co...

NOV 11 2009
http://www.windaction.org/posts/23063-windmill-saga-turbine-debate-still-brewing-in-tazewell
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