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Environmentalists and Erie residents said there could also be downsides -- in the negative effect on fish that live in the lake and spawn in its tributary streams, and on bats and birds that migrate across Lake Erie between Presque Isle and Long Point, Ontario.
In an 18-page opinion and order filed Tuesday in Pottsville, the panel upheld county Judge Charles M. Miller's ruling that Broad Mountain Development Co. LLC did not have the right to the permit because wind turbines, more commonly called windmills, are not allowed in a Woodland-Conservation zoning district in the township.
This 18-page opinion and order issued by a three-judge Commonwealth Court panel upheld county Judge Charles M. Miller's ruling that the zoning permit issued to Broad Mountain Development Co. LLC was correctly revoked by Butler Township. Broad Mountain sought permission to construct 20-28 wind turbines in the township. The panel found the developer did not have the right to the permit because wind turbines were not allowed in a Woodland-Conservation zoning district in the township. In addition, the panel ruled that the citizens who opposed the building of the windmills filed a timely appeal of Broad Mountain's original permit, and the company did not acquire a vested right to the permit, according to the opinion written by Judge P. Kevin Brobson.
Industrial-scale wind farms have altered the rural landscape in places where the natural environment and quiet living are high priorities. Some local residents and conservationists say wind turbines are an assault on both.
Some wind turbine blades have gone through electrical testing and done a few spins since late December when construction wrapped up on the 19-turbine farm ...But the commercial operation for the production of electricity, now targeted for the spring, won't get started until the sale of the farm is complete, he said.
Three representatives from the Germany-based company Volkswind presented their visions of constructing wind turbines on Jack's Mountain to the Mifflin County Planning Commission Thursday at their regular meeting.
But windmills remain controversial as wildlife, including waterfowl game species, fall victim to the spinning blades. Wind farm opponents say ducks and geese are at risk at a proposed off-shore venture in the Lake Erie flyway, which extends from Pennsylvania's Erie coastline through the Pymatuning Lake region. Two state senators have scheduled a public meeting on offshore wind energy for next month.
This important letter details the inadequacy of the draft biological opinion prepared by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in reference to the proposed Shaffer Mountain Wind facility. An excerpt of the letter is provided below. The full document can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
If and when the company receives a commitment from property owners, Volkswind will apply for the necessary permits needed within the municipalities the wind farms will cover. ...Belleville resident Ed Glick, who owns 40 acres of land on Jack's Mountain, said he refuses to sign a lease amid concerns over the unsightly nature of the wind turbines.
Last week, the coal lobby gained what it considers a friend in the governor's mansion: Tom Corbett, a native of Western Pennsylvania, where coal still pays the bills in thousands of households and underwrites community projects, and where a coal queen is crowned every year. What that means for the state's fledgling alternative-energy industries is not yet clear. But the stakes are high.
The state treasury is kicking in $6 million toward construction of the $122 million Highland North Wind Project in Adams and Summerhill townships. The Clean and Alternative Energy Grant Program funding was approved Thursday by Commonwealth Financing Agency, state Sen. John Wozniak, D-Westmont, and stateRep. Gary Haluska, D-Patton, announced.
A proposed wind turbine project atop a nearby ridge has put the Dutch Corner Rural Historic District on a list of 11 at-risk places throughout the state, nonprofit historical preservation organization Preservation Pennsylvania announced recently. ..."It will change what makes that place special."
Pennsylvanians are sick of centrally planned, highly regulated, gimmick-driven economic policy. It hasn't worked, and now they want results. And is there a greater example of useless, wasteful government scheming than the commonwealth's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard?
Doylestown officials, residents and the leaders of Central Bucks Ambulance and Rescue Unit have been talking for months about whether the ambulance squad should be allowed to install a 65-foot windmill at its headquarters. Because the borough owns the land on East Street, Doylestown Council had the final say. And the council said, "No."
One of the neighbors of Central Bucks Ambulance and Rescue Unit has appealed the zoning hearing board's decision to allow a windmill at the squad's headquarters. Ambulance company leaders were still trying to decide Thursday whether to fight the appeal.
Pennsylvania could become the site of an additional 60,000 Marcellus natural gas wells and 2,900 wind turbines by 2030 — developments that may cause significant environmental impacts — according to The Nature Conservancy.
William Fay's wind turbine juts from the landscape like a giant metal flower. Standing in a field at his 52-acre farm, he looked up at the motionless blades on the $80,000, 120-foot-tall turbine and said he doesn't have any regrets -- though he had hoped the unit would generate enough electricity to cover the amount consumed by his home, and it hasn't. At its current rate, it's going to take about 15 years -- 6 years longer than he calculated -- until he breaks even on the unit.
Golden eagles and other species are in danger if a proposed Shaffer Mountain wind project by Gamesa Energy USA is constructed, bird supporters said. "If they put wind turbines up, golden eagles are pretty dumb and can't avoid them," Dick, an opponent of the project, said. "It's the wrong ridge to put them up."
With the prospect of up to 60,000 more natural gas wells drilled across the western, central and northern parts of the state along with nearly 3,000 new wind turbines over the next 20 years, Pennsylvania's natural environment will suffer unless developers look for ways to minimize the impact of new energy facilities, it says.
The board added a provision to the windmill ordinance stating personal property windmills cannot cause loss of a signal, such as from a satellite or dish TV or a cell phone, to a neighboring property. As a result of the change, the supervisors will have to re-advertise the ordinance to be adopted at its Dec. 20 meeting.