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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley vetoes bill delaying wind farm projects

“I am deeply disappointed by Governor O’Malley’s veto,” Hoyer said in a statement late Friday afternoon. “This veto fails to demonstrate Maryland’s strong commitment and support for the mission of Patuxent River Naval Air Station.” ...House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) said he plans to survey his members to assess whether there is interest in returning to Annapolis for a special session to override the veto.
17 May 2014

Blown away: Wind farms were supposed to be in Somerset County, but a conflict with St. Mary's County changed that

The bill that was passed by the General Assembly would delay construction until July 1, 2015, after MIT completes its study ...If O’Malley vetoes the bill, there are likely enough members of the General Assembly to call a special session to override it, Bohanan said. A three-fifths vote of the elected membership in each house is necessary to override a veto, according to the Maryland General Assembly’s website. Even if the governor does nothing, the bill will become law.
4 May 2014

Sacrifice 40,000 jobs for seven? Put wind farm on hold

Since only 7.3 jobs will be added to Somerset County, and those jobs will most certainly be from out-of-state, the best Somerset County is going to have will be 500 construction and laborer positions for the length of the construction over maybe nine months at most. ...Pax River might then be in a fix — to possibly lose 40,000 jobs associated with the base. Where does this put the state of Maryland? Does 7.3 jobs equal 40,000 jobs?
28 Apr 2014

Franchot’s wind bill veto request irritates So. Md. lawmakers; Delegation upset at comptroller’s stance on delay

The Maryland General Assembly passed the bill with large majorities, 122-12 in the House of Delegates and 31-16 in the Senate, “clearly sending a message of the Legislature’s intent to have the bill move forward,” Jameson wrote. “The bill provides for a pause in the process while we wait for the completion of a study of this issue at MIT, no different than the pause in the process while we study fracking in Maryland,” she wrote.
23 Apr 2014

Hoyer confronts 'Greek tragedy' during Annapolis homecoming

Hoyer appeared at a state Senate Finance Committee hearing to speak in favor of a bill that would delay a proposed wind turbine project on farmland on Maryland's Eastern Shore, near the Chesapeake Bay. Hoyer led a parade of political and civic leaders expressing fears that the wind farm could impede critical radar testing across the bay at Patuxent River Naval Air Station -- and thus jeopardize the entire existence of the naval base, the economic driver for southern Maryland.
2 Apr 2014

Md. federal legislators push for wind turbine limit

Speaking in support of a bill that would limit wind turbines within varying differences from the U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River base in Southern Maryland, the Minority Whip in the U.S. House of Representatives said limiting the height of turbines while a study is completed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology would be in the best interest of clean energy and Southern Maryland's economy.
1 Apr 2014

Bill advances to halt wind turbines to protect Pax River

“This is one of the greatest threats to performing our mission here at Pax and is a huge grading factor in BRAC rounds. We have to be ever mindful of all threats to this (Pax River) national asset,” he wrote. BRAC stands for base realignment and closure, a process that can close or move military operations from one base to another.
21 Mar 2014

House vote moves Somerset wind project one step closer to scrap

Legislation that would essentially kill a wind turbine project in Somerset County moved one step closer to becoming law Monday. The House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to put height restrictions on wind turbines at varying distances from the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Southern Maryland. Moving to the Senate side, environmental groups and opponents of the bill plan to meet with members of the Senate finance committee. Talks could also begin with the governor’s office.
18 Mar 2014

Don't allow wind turbines on preserved ag land

If lands already under MALPF easements are permitted to be used for wind and land-consuming commercial solar energy development, the farmers who accepted payments for putting restrictive easements on their agricultural lands should be required to pay back that money to the State Program Open Space, which funded the MALPF easements.
15 Mar 2014

Southern Maryland prevails over Shore on wind turbines

On a 40-80 vote, the House defeated an amendment that would have weakened a bill to impose a 15-month delay on the construction of high turbines for the Eastern Shore project. Lawmakers from Southern Maryland -- across the Chesapeake Bay -- are concerned about how the wind facility would affect Patuxent Naval Air Station,
15 Mar 2014

Garrett County wind farm public hearing canceled

Jeff Messenger of Messenger Limited Partnership, LLC temporarily withdrew his request to the Garrett County Planning Commission to amend the Deep Creek watershed zoning ordinance to allow a wind farm in the rural resource zoning district, according to Bill DeVore, zoning administrator. The public hearing on the amendment that was scheduled for March 5 has been canceled.
11 Feb 2014

Public hearing on wind farm in Deep Creek watershed delayed

During a meeting Jan. 8, the planning commission voted unanimously to postpone the public hearing and rescheduleit for March 5 to allow the applicant more time to assemble information concerning the sound, wildlife impact and the appearance of the proposed wind turbines, according to minutes from the meeting. Planning commissioner Jeff Messenger recused himself from the vote as a landowner involved in the proposed project.
3 Feb 2014

Officials propose wind farm at Deep Creek Lake; Zoning change needed for project to occur

Messenger Limited Partnership has requested the Garrett County Planning Commission to amend the Deep Creek watershed zoning ordinance to allow a wind farm in the rural resource zoning district. Wind turbines are prohibited in all zones of the watershed and the amendment would permit them in the rural resource zone only with the condition that the turbines would be 20,000 feet from the high waterline of Deep Creek Lake, according to Bob Paye, an attorney at Geppert, McMullen, Paye & Getty, P.C.
8 Dec 2013

Opposition arises over Fair Wind application

The Maryland Public Service Commission has received multiple emails in opposition to Fair Wind Power Partners LLC’s application to construct up to 15 wind turbines on Backbone Mountain. A majority of the emails indicate that the wind project would just be an extension of the Criterion Wind project, which is the deadliest industrial wind project in North America for bats and birds.
26 Nov 2013

Fair Wind project looks to build 15 new turbines

Before wind turbines can be fully operational, the permits division has to issue a variety of additional permits, such as a grading permit, which can take up to a year, a building permit and certificate of use for each wind turbine. The project is slated to start significant construction activities in early 2014 and the company hopes to begin commercial operation by the end of the year,
1 Nov 2013

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