Among the issues currently facing the proposed Highland New Wind Development project:
(1) Prominent public-interest law firm takes up Endangered Species Act issue
Local citizens and conservationists have joined with the Animal Welfare Institute and the public-interest law firm, Meyer Glitzenstein and Crystal, to notify Highland New Wind Development (HNWD) and the Highland County Board of Supervisors of their intent to sue if HNWD proceeds with turbine construction in defiance of the Endangered Species Act. Earlier this year HNWD advised the county supervisors that it would obtain an Incidental Take Permit (ITP). More recently, however, spokesmen for HNWD have indicated that an ITP is not required and that they don't plan to seek one.
Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal is a Washington, DC -based law firm specializing in the Endangered Species Act. The firm secured a precedent-setting federal court ruling in December of 2009 that required the Invenergy-Beech Ridge Wind Project in Greenbrier County, WV to obtain an ITP based on concerns about one of the two endangered bat species threatened by the HNWD project.
For the notice letter and additional information,
(2) Camp Allegheny listed among ten most-endangered Civil War battlefields
The Civil War Preservation Trust has highlighted Camp Allegheny in its 2010 History Under Siege report. The pristine high-elevation battlefield is threatened by the proposed 40-story turbines of Highland New Wind. Many of the turbines would be close to and in full view of the battlefield.
For the full report and additional information, see: http://www.vawind.org/Assets/Docs/051210/Camp_Allegheny_Endangered.pdf
(3) State agency says HNWD will not go forward until pollution prevention plans are in compliance
Following a meeting with representatives of Highlanders for Responsible Development, Trout Unlimited, Highland County government, and State Senator Mark Obenshain for HNWD, a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation confirmed that HNWD will not be allowed to resume construction until the company revises its plans for compliance with state erosion and sediment control and storm water pollution prevention requirements. HNWD was first advised by the agency of the need for major revisions in August of 2009.
For additional information, see:
- Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal: Bill Eubanks, 202-588-5206
- Civil War Preservation Trust: Mary Koik, 202-367-1861 (x7231)
- Va. Dept of Conservation and Recreation: Gary Waugh, 804-786-5045
- Highland New Wind: Henry McBride, 540-434-3669; Tal McBride, 703-525-8361
- Highland Board of Supervisors: Chairman, David Blanchard, 540-468-3900
- VIRGINIA WIND - http://www.VaWind.org
- Contact: Rick Webb; 540-468-2881; email@example.com.