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Donation Stirs up Mixed Emotions in Greenbrier County

The company behind a controversial wind farm project in Greenbrier County is out with a tourism-related donation.

Beech Ridge Energy is giving the Midland Trail Scenic Byway Association 10-thousand dollars upfront to promote tourism.

The money will be used to match federal funding for a mural along Route 60 in Rupert.

Beech Ridge is the company proposing 124 wind turbines on more than 20 miles of ridge line near the Greenbrier-Nicholas County line.

If the $300 million wind farm project gets approval from the state Public Service Commission, the association will get another 40-thousand dollars.

The P.S.C. is expected to decide on the windmill project by late August.

"They're trying to basically buy their way into the county," said John Stroud with Mountain Communities for Responsible Energy.

"We can move forward and pursue new technology and at the same time preserve history, and that's really what this is about," said David Groberg from Beech Ridge Energy.

If the project goes through, the 40-thousand dollars Beech Ridge pledged to donate will be used to match federal funding to create murals for Lewisburg, White Sulphur Springs and Rainelle.

30 murals are planned for the 180-mile trail throughout the state.

Beech Ridge Energy is giving the Midland Trail Scenic Byway Association 10-thousand dollars upfront to promote tourism.

The money will be used to match federal funding for a mural along Route 60 in Rupert.

Beech Ridge is the company proposing 124 wind turbines on more than 20 miles of ridge line near the Greenbrier-Nicholas County line.

If the $300 million wind farm project gets approval from the state Public Service Commission, the association will get another 40-thousand dollars.

The P.S.C. is expected to decide on the windmill project by late August.

"They're trying to basically buy their way into the county," said John Stroud with Mountain Communities for Responsible Energy.

"We can move forward and pursue new technology and at the same time preserve history, and that's really what this is about," said David Groberg from Beech Ridge Energy.

If the project goes through, the 40-thousand dollars Beech Ridge pledged to donate will be used to match federal funding to create murals for Lewisburg, White Sulphur Springs and Rainelle.

30 murals are planned for the 180-mile trail throughout the state.

 


Source: http://www.statejournal.com...

JUN 29 2006
http://www.windaction.org/posts/3271-donation-stirs-up-mixed-emotions-in-greenbrier-county
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