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Zapotosky said the county can change the ordinance, if the higher limit is found to be unacceptable. "If this does not work, it is our responsibility as a board of commissioners to correct it," Zapotosky said. "If we see this is not functioning properly, I'll be the first one to admit my mistake and revisit this."
Bozek's attorney, Gary Altman, suggested that commissioners not only reject the amendment, but that they revert to allowing wind turbines as special exceptions, not permitted uses. Special exceptions are granted or rejected only after public hearings.
Committee Chairwoman Susan Madian said she - and several other council members - have heard concerns and complaints from residents since council approved the ordinance three weeks ago. None of those residents had voiced their concerns during the ordinance approval process.
McAdams was standing next to a pickup truck and talking to an occupant inside when he was trapped by a tractor-trailer trying to maneuver around the truck, Welsh said.
With Penn Wind LLC, of Sunbury, recently securing approvals for building a wind farm in Columbia County, the firm is seeking approval from the Hazle supervisors for running transmission lines on property in the northwestern section of the township.
Residents asked council to appeal a zoning hearing board decision that will allow the Central Bucks Ambulance and Rescue Unit to erect a windmill at its main station. Three North Street residents asked Doylestown Council this week to appeal a decision the Doylestown Zoning Hearing Board rendered last week that would allow Central Bucks Ambulance and Rescue Unit to erect a 60-foot wind turbine at its main station.
It is actually difficult to put wind turbines on land where they don't interfere with bird flyways, said Phil Wallis, executive director of the Pennsylvania Audubon Society. The steady winds needed to make wind energy economically viable are the same that birds use ...the official position of Audubon to support wind energy -- just not this project, because it is not "sited" properly.
In written testimony to the Army Corps, Thomas Kunz, a biology professor at Boston University with a long list of studies and publications qualifying him as an expert on bats and their reproduction, said there is a high level of risk to the Indiana bat population at the proposed project site. The location is routinely and heavily used as a roosting and foraging location, as well as a potential bat migration path, Kunz said.
A wind farm project stalled in the permitting process for more than three years will again come before the public at yet another hearing set for today at Somerset Area High School. Opponents and supporters of the Shaffer Mountain Wind Farm, a 30-turbine facility proposed by Gamesa Energy USA, are expected to testify.
While the new law bans wood-fired burnersand essentially relegates wind turbines to the less dense R-1 zoning district, it eases traditional setback requirements for residents and businesses contemplating systems like solar panels, said Komelasky. Without the ordinance, the turbines could have cropped up in high density neighborhoods and become a source of problems. And Komelasky said they can be "noisy and obtrusive."
Fayette County needs to move faster to update zoning for renewable energy and Marcellus shale gas wells, according to some residents who addressed commissioners during a public meeting on Thursday.
Critics ask how PennFuture’s status as an educational nonprofit squares with its efforts to pass laws that will create business for its contributors, such as BP Solar and Clipper Windpower. They also question its receipt of $1.5 million in state grants in the past three years. The Commonwealth Foundation blasted PennFuture with harsh language, calling the group a “lobbying laundering organization for alternative energy special interests.”
The Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public hearing on the controversial proposal by Gamesa Energy USA to build a 30-turbine wind power project on an ecologically sensitive ridge in northeastern Somerset County.
Company officials have long maintained the project will have minimal impact on the environment and will meet rigorous best management practices during construction. Opponents of the project say no amount of design will make the project safe for the environment on Shaffer Mountain.
By a 4-1 vote, the members sided with an earlier proposal made by Fayette County commissioners Vincent Zapotosky and Vincent Vicities to raise the decibel level to 70 ... Dr. Evelyn Hovanec, who cast the lone no vote, cautioned the board to make a "careful" decision.
Smollon said Monroe County, generally, isn't a good place for wind power based on national evaluations. But he said the higher elevation near the Country Club of the Poconos home development shows great promise for a limited number of generators. Electric City is working with GreenSky Technologies LLC, a new alternative energy marketing company based in Scranton.
While the organization condemns the natural gas industry for its lobbying against increased and selective taxation of its investments, PennFuture has received nearly $1 million during the last five years from alternative energy companies. These companies benefited from PennFuture's lobbying.
The chairman of the Fayette Zoning Hearing Board said members of the board "totally ignored" political pressure and instead made its decision regarding a controversial wind farm "in favor of being honest and acting in a professional manner."
Advocates, including Gov. Rendell, for long-in-the-making legislation that would increase requirements for alternative-energy use in Pennsylvania expressed pessimism Monday that passage could be accomplished before the General Assembly breaks for its summer recess.
The debate over a proposed wind farm in Fayette County has generated more discussions over rhetoric and noise levels than electricity from its turbines. Yesterday, the county commissioners again attempted to find some middle ground between the company, Iberdrola, and residents living near the proposed site in Wharton.