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Lawyer wants Fayette wind turbines shut down

In a letter delivered late Monday to the county's Office of Planning, Zoning and Community Development, Gary Altman asked the county to order Iberdrola Renewables of Portland to stop operating approximately 22 wind turbines in its South Chestnut Wind Project near Farmington. Altman contends the turbines don't comply with a number of conditions set by the county's zoning hearing board in 2009, including setbacks, decommissioning bonds, noise levels and measures to protect bats.
26 Aug 2015

Court decision denying Iberdrola permit upheld

Pmm_atlantic_renewable__28appeal2_29_thumb This important ruling by a panel of three Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Court judges reverses a county judge's order that allowed PPM Atlantic Renewable (now Iberdrola Renewables) to construct the South Chestnut Windpower Project in southern Fayette County, PA. The project consists of 24 turbines, each standing 425 feet tall. Ths week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed the reversal. The decision, issued on May 20, 2014, upheld minimum setbacks from all property lines, not just participating landowners involved in the project (eliminating participating vs non-participating property owners), due to safety issues.  It also upheld that sound studies and bat studies must be completed to allow the project to be built. Despite the appeal process continuing, Iberdrola went ahead and erected the turbines but the project was built without the proper permits and approximately 14-15 of the turbines are out of compliance with the setback restrictions. The facts in this case as affirmed by the Supreme Court are provided below. The three court decisions issued by the lower courts and the Supreme Court can be accessed by clicking the links on this page. 
23 Aug 2015

The wind ruse: A failed policy

Two studies spotlight how the Obama administration's political drive to make economic winners of “green” ventures with public subsidies is creating bubbles, obscuring true costs and threatening taxpayers. ...wind and solar, unlike natural gas, can't compete successfully on their own merits. When Washington engages in picking winners, taxpayers and the economy become losers.
26 Jul 2015

Neighbor worries about wind turbines’ impact around Buck Mountain

“I’m worried about the windmills changing the township forever,” Palubinsky said. “The wildlife, the reptile life, the snakes, the birds, everything will be affected. “The view will be awful — blinking red lights, turbines spinning all night long … Things will just change forever. We won’t have the beautiful scenery that we’ve had forever. It will turn into an industrial-type area rather than a natural, beautiful area.”
5 Apr 2015

Project Terminated

The changes follow outcry amongst some members of the local community against the project proposals. SOAR and FJM coordinated in opposition to the project holding a series of meetings intended to inform Mifflin and Huntingdon county residents about possible negative repercussions from the project.
26 Nov 2014

Couple claims windmill causing illness

Tammy McKenzie said since the blades on the turbines begun turning on Christmas Eve 2012, they knew there was a problem. ...For two years they have been looking for a solution to the problem. Tammy McKenzie said they don’t want to try to sell their home because of the fear of having another family affected by the sound. “We have lost the value of our home,” she said. “We are on our own because there is no help for us.”
8 Nov 2014

GE blade crashes at Mehoopany wind farm in Pennsylvania

Although turbine maker GE confirmed the event, it would not provide many specifics. However, the company maintains that the incident has nothing to do with a series of previous failures with its 48.7-meter blades. ...As GE and BP investigate the failed blade at Mehoopany, the wind farm remains the subject of competing lawsuits stemming from construction of the $250 million project.
6 Nov 2014

FAA ruling could still wind farm plans

The FAA has determined that the giant wind turbines needed to harness wind power would interfere with radar used by air traffic controllers at Erie International Airport. The FAA therefore denied the developer's request to extend an earlier FAA determination that the turbines would not interfere with aviation.
20 Oct 2014

http://www.windaction.org/posts?location=Pennsylvania&p=4
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