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Public hearing scheduled regarding Seneca wind farm application

Greg Smith, a Seneca Anti-Wind Union member, predicted hundreds of people will attend. “[This] has created a big divide within our community, in our politics, turning friend against friend, family against family member,” Mr. Smith said.

TIFFIN — Community members who want to weigh in on a wind farm controversy that has opened a divide among some neighbors in Seneca County will have a chance during a public hearing Tuesday.

The Ohio Power Siting Board has scheduled a five-hour public hearing at Tiffin University’s Marion Center, 235 Miami St., at 3 p.m. to collect testimony regarding Seneca Wind LLC’s application to construct a wind farm in Seneca County.

Greg Smith, a Seneca Anti-Wind Union member, predicted hundreds of people will attend.

“[This] has created a big divide within our community, in our politics, turning friend against friend, family against family member,” Mr. Smith said.

Utah-based sPower’s proposed Seneca Wind Farm is expected to produce up to 212 megawatts with 77 wind turbines, built in Bloom, Eden, Scipio, and Reed townships on leased private land.

The hearing is merely for obtaining sworn testimony from members of the public both in favor of and against the project, Matt Butler, siting board spokesman said. No decisions will be made Tuesday.

The project carries an estimated $56 million economic impact through combined lease payments to property owners and... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

TIFFIN — Community members who want to weigh in on a wind farm controversy that has opened a divide among some neighbors in Seneca County will have a chance during a public hearing Tuesday.

The Ohio Power Siting Board has scheduled a five-hour public hearing at Tiffin University’s Marion Center, 235 Miami St., at 3 p.m. to collect testimony regarding Seneca Wind LLC’s application to construct a wind farm in Seneca County.

Greg Smith, a Seneca Anti-Wind Union member, predicted hundreds of people will attend.

“[This] has created a big divide within our community, in our politics, turning friend against friend, family against family member,” Mr. Smith said.

Utah-based sPower’s proposed Seneca Wind Farm is expected to produce up to 212 megawatts with 77 wind turbines, built in Bloom, Eden, Scipio, and Reed townships on leased private land.

The hearing is merely for obtaining sworn testimony from members of the public both in favor of and against the project, Matt Butler, siting board spokesman said. No decisions will be made Tuesday.

The project carries an estimated $56 million economic impact through combined lease payments to property owners and payments in lieu of taxes to local communities.

Opposing parties list as their major concerns noise, lost property values, and a negative effect on rural landscapes, wildlife, and health and safety.

OPSB’s staff has previously recommended denying the project until the Federal Aviation Administration and the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation are able to complete an analysis of potential impacts to air navigation. The staff also recommended 50 conditions to meet should the siting board choose to let the project proceed.

An adjudicatory hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 26 at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio offices in Columbus.

A board decision will be reached after the adjudicatory hearing.

sPower could not be reached for comment.


Source: https://www.toledoblade.com...

JUL 18 2019
http://www.windaction.org/posts/50053-public-hearing-scheduled-regarding-seneca-wind-farm-application
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