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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 catastrophic fire destroyed one of the twelve Gamesa 2.0 MW wind turbines operating at the Bear Creek Wind Power Project. The facility, which is owned by Iberdrola, is located in Bear Creek Township near Wilkes-Barre in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania and was placed in service in 2006.
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.
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's flier says the company behind the project – Iberdrola Renewables – stands to get up to $3 million a year in federal subsidies, and that Toomey has fought to end them for “inefficient, unwanted wind farms.”
The emotions were generated by a proposal for a 37-turbine farm that would sprawl across as many as 266 acres north and south of Hatchery Road in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County. The land is owned by the Bethlehem Authority, the financial arm of the city's water business, and would come within less than a mile of several homes.
Nicole Nothstein, administrative secretary for the authority, said members were against the location on a watershed, not the alternative energy source. She said the vote reflected board members' intention to protect the watershed.
The Lehighton Water Authority has rejected an offer from a renewable energy company to develop on their land. Three of those 40 turbines are gone with the wind.
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Some residents are worried about the environment, noise, property values, and what would happen to their thriving tourism industry.
Nearby residents, including a few living within a half-mile of the project, have petitioned the zoners to turn down the company's request for a special exception, based on the health, welfare and safety of the community.