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“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.
A bill that would delay a proposed wind farm in Somerset County was not on a list of legislation signed into law Thursday morning by Gov. Martin O'Malley, and its future remains uncertain.
Nina Smith, the governor's press secretary, said a list of the bills to be signed on Thursday will probably be posted later today. No decision had been made on the wind turbine bill as of Tuesday afternoon.
Governor Martin O'Malley, known to be an advocate of the wind industry, has refused to say whether he will veto the moratorium, a move that would anger legislators, who voted 122-12 in the House of Delegates and 31-16 in the Senate in favour of the bill.
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.
City officials said they could not comment on why they resorted to using eminent domain — the right of government to take private property for public use ...The property is an unoccupied concrete block apartment building and is one of four needed for the turbine which will power the sewer plant.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratories performed an independent analysis to verify the interference and look for potential solutions. MIT briefed the Navy and the political leaders on their findings, and that is driving the necessity of the bill HB 1168 to delay construction of only those turbines that are so tall they impact testing at the naval base. Currently there are no proven technical solutions that can mitigate the effects posed by wind turbines on these systems.
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?
Tom Vinson's and Bruce Burcat's arguments ("A wind-win situation," April 21) asking Gov. Martin O'Malley to veto House Bill 1168, which places a temporary moratorium on the construction of wind turbines in Somerset County, suffers from the misleading arguments often used by promoters of renewable power. First, wind speed on the Chesapeake Bay's Eastern Shore is just adequate for commercial exploitation. The builders constantly refer to 150 megawatts of generation capacity, but this is the maximum or "nameplate" capacity, which is available only when the wind is strong. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's wind maps, the 25 turbines proposed for Somerset County will operate at about 30 percent of the maximum, or 45 MW.
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.
The project was hinging on the decommissioning of the Grantsville VOR/DME system, which drew opposition from Ed Kelley, manager of the Garrett County Airport, and the Maryland Aviation Administration. The Grants-ville VOR/DME system will be decommissioned, according to Maisano.
In a vote Saturday afternoon vote, the Maryland Senate approved a measure, pushing the project back just over a year. Senators in support of the bill say the delay was to further study how the height of the turbines would impact radar testing used by the Patuxent River Naval Base.
Lawmakers delayed the construction in order to wait for a study of how wind turbines could affect radar use around the U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River base in southern Maryland. The study will take at least a year.
The Senate finance committee passed a bill Wednesday that would limit the height of wind turbines at varying distances from the U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River base in Southern Maryland.
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.
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.
Cohen told WBOC that his company will not move forward with their investment if the bill to delay the project is approved. He said it would "kill the project."
U.S. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), whose district includes the Patuxent River naval base, has been a leading proponent of the state legislation, working behind the scenes to round up votes by arguing that the windmills' impact on the economic fortunes of the naval base and neighboring communities may be dire. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) issued a statement to The Baltimore Sun over the weekend saying she, too, favors delay -- a potential blow to wind power advocates given her popularity throughout the state.
Two of the state's most powerful elected officials in Washington, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski and Rep. Steny Hoyer, back the delay. Southern Maryland lawmakers say more time is needed to complete a study of whether there's a way to mitigate the impacts of spinning turbines on a sensitive radar system used at the naval air station in St. Mary's County. It tests the way aircraft appear to enemy radar.
“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.