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On Wednesday night, the Penn Forest zoning hearing board denied Atlantic Wind’s application for two special exceptions to build up to 37 wind turbines on property owned by the Bethlehem Water Authority. The zoning board proceeded with the hearing even though Atlantic Wind failed to show.
After legal issues over safety put hearings on pause last year, Penn Forest Township zoners plan next week to resume discussions on whether 37 wind turbines can be built on the ridges surrounding Bethlehem's water supply in Carbon County.
“It’s a private industry or business that wanted to use the courtroom and there’s a whole bunch of security issues and legalities in being able to do that,” he said. “Legally, we can’t do that.” Commissioner William O’Gurek added, “We don’t want to be a hosting site for anyone who has a disagreement in their municipality.”
WINDBER – Two weeks ago, debate over wind farm regulations in Ogle Township prompted supervisors to end a meeting after approximately four minutes.
Serfass dismissed a legal challenge that questioned whether zoners can make a fair decision after five raucous public hearings and, among other allegations, personal attacks on social media.
An Ogle Township landowner who has served as the area’s most vocal opponent to the idea of a Shaffer Mountain wind farm put his words to music Monday, bringing a portable boombox – and a song he’d written – to the township’s meeting.
Ogle, Shade township residents oppose proposed wind farm OGLETOWN – Three 300-foot-tall test towers have been erected on a sprawling tract of Berwind Corp. woodland spanning parts of Ogle and Shade townships.
The 320-foot-tall turbine was completed less than a month ago, on Dec. 20. “The manufacturer is en route to assess the cause as well as inspect the turbine.”
The zoners' solicitor, Matthew Rapa, said the township has no problem with moving the hearing to the courthouse, but he asked the judge to leave the decision on the special exception to the Zoning Hearing Board. He argued that Pennsylvania's Municipal Planning Code gives the zoners "exclusive jurisdiction" to "render final adjudication" in matters of special exceptions.
Atlantic Wind filed an amended complaint on Tuesday in the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas in response to the preliminary objections of the Penn Forest Zoning Hearing Board. The amended complaint makes the same assertions as the previous complaint, originally filed in late September and amended in early November, calling for a change of hearing location to the Carbon County Courthouse over safety concerns and requesting an independent hearing officer.
Garner said it is not true that the turbines were not maintained. The reason the wind farm was decommissioned was there was no longer a customer for the electricity. The contract with the energy cooperative expired in 2012.
"I was told that they are deteriorating," Donald Decker said. "They were supposed to do maintenance weekly, but in the winter sometimes they didn't plow for a month." ...The eight 200-foot windmills (10.4 megawatts) were dedicated in the fall of 2000.
The wind turbine in Bear Creek Township caught fire Thursday afternoon. ...Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles.
A hearing over whether a wind farm will be built on Bethlehem's watershed has been put on hold after alleged threats, including to the family of a turbine company official.
PENN FOREST TWP., Pa. - Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, Zoning Hearing Board was told Thursday evening by a retired medical doctor the wind turbine project proposed by Iberdrole Renewable would adversely affect the health of those who live near the proposed project.
The case has already had three nights of hearings. At this point, attorneys representing the Penn Forest residents are making the case that the project would harm the health and welfare of the people who live nearby and significantly impact the environment.
In 2015, more than 60 governmental entities in 22 states moved to reject or restrict wind-energy developments with a total capacity of some 3,100 megawatts. During the first six months of 2016, more than 40 governmental entities in 18 states have rejected or moved to restrict the installation of wind energy facilities having a total capacity of more than 2,400 megawatts.
For Tammy McKenzie and her husband, life has not been the same since a farm of wind turbines went up near their home in Somerset County. ..."We're in a lose-lose situation. No person sitting here tonight should have to lose the comfort of their house as I have lost the comfort of my house," McKenzie testified to the board and crowd of more than 300 people.
Thursday's meeting centered on the testimony of McKenzie and Pamela Dodds, a hydrogeologist who said Atlantic Wind's project could do lasting damage to the soil and watershed it would build the turbines on. The meeting was as raucous as the ones that preceded it.
Dahlkemper is on the board of directors of the wind developer, LEEDCo, which is a real conflict of interest with her duties as county executive of Erie County.