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The Penn Forest Zoning hearing board continued to hear from professional civil engineer Philip C. Malitsch on Monday night, only this time it was while Malitsch was being cross-examined by Atlantic Wind attorney Edward Greene.
Greene suggested that Malitsch’s testimony as an expert could be biased due to his status as a township resident. ...Malitsch said that Greene’s characterization wasn’t accurate.
The attorney for residents opposed to wind turbines in Penn Forest Township has asked that previous testimony be considered for hearings on a new proposal.
Opposing parties in the debate over proposed wind turbines in Penn Forest Township largely focused on the semantics of zoning terms in the township’s fourth zoning hearing on the matter Tuesday night, with the targeted land’s current principal use coming into question.
After rejecting 19 of 19 proposals for wind turbines since 2005, the Pennsylvania Game Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a moratorium on wind energy developments on its 1.5 million acres of state game lands.
It’s Round 2 for the Penn Forest zoning board and Atlantic Wind.
A controversial wind energy project proposed for the land surrounding Bethlehem’s water supply would be scaled back under a zoning application filed this month in a Carbon County community.
It’s been 15 years since Jim Spencer started a small solar energy company in New York that would turn into Pittsburgh’s biggest wind developer and, on Thanksgiving Day, be sold to the world’s biggest asset manager.
The acrimonious debate over whether turbines should rise from the ridges surrounding Bethlehem’s water supply has generated broad questions about clean energy, wildlife and property rights. But whether the project moves forward may depend on how Carbon County Judge Steven R. Serfass answers a more narrow question: whether the Penn Forest Zoning Hearing Board blew a legal deadline to decide the case.
In rejecting a wind energy project near Bethlehem’s reservoirs, the Penn Forest Zoning Hearing Board has made a 31-page argument of technical, legal and environmental reasons on why turbines don’t belong along the wooded ridges that surround the prized Wild Creek watershed. Applicant Atlantic Wind spokesman Paul Copleman said the company would challenge that rejection in court.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.