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Notice of violations of the endangered species act and act’s implementing regulations in connection with the proposed Shaffer Mountain Wind Project

11.3.2011_shaffer_biop_notice_letter_thumb This letter of intent to sue was filed with the Department of the Interior and the US Army Corps in reference to a proposed wind energy facility to be built on Shaffer Mountain in Penmsylvania. Excerpts of the letter appear below. The complete letter and supporting testimony can be accessed by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.
3 Nov 2011

Answers about commercial wind farms could come from downstate

Other environmental concerns are the effects of noise, vibration and shadow on wildlife habitats and the number of birds and bats killed when they fly into the blades. "When you put turbines up on these long, north-south mountain ridges, they're directly affecting the migration route of bald eagles and a lot of songbirds," Jackson said.
27 Sep 2011

Wind(less) power

Robert Bryce notes for National Review Online that on an "unspeakably hot" Aug. 24 in Texas, 10,135 megawatts of wind-generation capacity supplied just 880 megawatts of power "when electricity was needed the most" -- in the afternoon, when wind subsides while heat and electricity demand rise.
19 Sep 2011

Turbines' impact on wind a worry

It has been my pleasure during the past few years to occasionally visit Altoona. Driving east over the Allegheny ridges on Route 22 provides some beautiful vistas, but more and more strange objects are appearing on the tops of those mountains.
21 Aug 2011

Corbett quietly turning off the lights on renewable energy

Quietly but systematically, the administration has all but shut down the state Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Energy and Technology Deployment -- the state's primary energy office -- and removed directors and reassigned staff in the Office of Energy Management in the Department of General Services and the Governor's Green Government Council.
14 Aug 2011

Wind energy divides NE Pa

Reaction is mixed in northeast Pennsylvania, which already has 12 wind turbines in Bear Creek Township and the Waymart Wind Energy Center with 43 turbines along the ridge of Moosic Mountain in Wayne County. Advocates tout wind turbines as a great way to provide clean and renewable energy. Critics say they spoil aesthetic beauty and endanger birds and bats.
14 Aug 2011

The Wind Equation: Green energy, cluttered horizon

Cathie Pauley, a Noxen resident and president of the Noxen Historical Community Association, said she is concerned about windmills defacing the mountains in Wyoming County. Wyoming County does not have much of an industrial base and community officials look to "our beautiful mountains" for tourism dollars, Pauley said. "Now, tell me who will want to see our mountains when they deface them with their roads, their wind mills and their clear-cutting."
31 Jul 2011

Ashland Mountain windmill project nixed

In a one-sentence order, the state Supreme Court declined to allow Broad Mountain Development Co. LLC to appeal the revocation of its zoning permit to build the wind turbines, more commonly called windmills. The order did not give a reason for the court's decision.
22 Jul 2011

Action taken to stop wind turbine project

The petition is asking for the court to revoke "improperly issued zoning certificates" and building permits, to issue a cease-and-desist order to stop the wind turbine project immediately and to award Bozek all damages to which he may be entitled and costs of the suit.
19 Jul 2011

Pa. wind turbines deadly to bats, costly to farmers

The 420 wind turbines now in use across Pennsylvania killed more than 10,000 bats last year -- mostly in the late summer months, according to the state Game Commission. That's an average of 25 bats per turbine per year, and the Nature Conservancy predicts as many as 2,900 turbines will be set up across the state by 2030. This is a bad time to be a bat.
17 Jul 2011

Blowin' in the wind

He mentions a 2009 case in West Virginia where a federal court found that a wind company's hired bat consultants reached a conclusion favorable to the client, but turned out to be inaccurate when the actual data was reviewed. "The PGC cannot verify the work submitted by wind developers and the people of Pennsylvania cannot verify either the developers or the PGC."
18 May 2011

No breeze at proposed wind farm

More than a year ago, the county learned that Penn Wind in Sunbury was looking to sell its interest in the project. However, on Thursday, county board Chairman Frank Sawicki said he spoke with a Penn Wind representative about a month ago and was told the plans are moving along.
6 May 2011
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