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There are concerns about the impact offshore wind will have on the migratory pattern of birds and other wildlife like the Atlantic right whale. The members of the commission, which is comprised of scientists, environmental organizations, and DEEP staffers, will be tasked with facilitating public participation in the process and gathering information about best practices.
"The siting council's decision confirms the belief that wind projects need to be developed carefully - if not we could serve as the poster child against wind projects," said Nardello, co-chair of the energy and technology committee.
Save Prospect's Tim Reilly said at the Connecticut Siting Council meeting that they have been speaking to members of FairWindCT on a regular basis, making the case that the current regulations - which regard just air and water safety - are not enough. Both Save Prospect and FairWindCT support a moratorium on residential wind turbine development until such regulations can be crafted.
The proposals by BNE Energy Incorporated would place wind turbines on hilltops in the two towns. Despite the fact that he will be out of office on Wednesday, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal came to their aid Monday. "These turbines have been proposed without any standards, essentially in a situation of lawlessness," Blumenthal said.
BNE Energy Inc. has faced stiff opposition in its efforts to operate the first commercial wind farms in Connecticut ...But now the windmill company faces what might be a bigger problem: the possibility that it cut down 2.3 acres of trees inside a state forest.
The concerns voiced about the windmills at the meeting revolved not around the turbines themselves, but their location. As they will be placed in a largely residential area, neighboring residents were worried about the noise, turbine blades - the windmills will be approximately 100 meters tall, most likely using 41-meter blades - and flickering.
"It's a safety issue. It's a quality of life issue with the noise and what's called shadow flicker, as the setting sun goes through the blades," said Tim Reilly of Prospect. "There's so many issues here that it makes this the wrong place." Reilly led a protest rally Saturday morning.
Commission members Peter Kaufman, LuAnn Zbinden, Mark Fraher, Stephen Cooney and Don Wilkes rejected the proposal because of concerns about "adverse effects upon the existing and probable future character of the neighborhood or its property values" and because "this specific site is not appropriate for this specific use."
The potential approval of a wind turbine on Kurt Karpavich's Farm Circle property again provided an impassioned debate during the Planning & Zoning public hearing on Wednesday, January 16. ...The public hearing on the matter was closed and P&Z voted to table action on Mr. Karpavich's application. Prior to the aforementioned decision, Farm Circle residents continued to plead with the members of P&Z for a resolution to the issue which will not allow Mr. Karpavich to have a wind turbine on his property. Following a sitewalk of Mr. Karpavich's property last month, members of P&Z still have yet to determine which area of Mr. Karpavich's property is best suited for the wind turbine. P&Z has tried to find a resolution to the issue which suits both parties, including surrounding neighbors, who have expressed their opposition to the wind turbine under any circumstances. The wind turbine regulations were approved last fall when details of wind turbine approval was set according to various factors including height variance and setback distance, as well as minimum acreage requirements according to the residential zone.