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Among the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's 14 recommended requirements for the Highland New Wind Development's proposed turbine project:
The company proposing 19 windmills in Highland County says it will study the project's effects on birds and bats but should not be required to study its effects on views.
RICHMOND — Highland residents are beginning to get a glimpse of the kind of testimony they’ll hear at the end of October about Highland New Wind Development’s utility project.
We have submitted the attached comments to the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) in response to material filed by and on behalf of Highland New Wind Development (HNWD) purporting to quantify air pollution emission reductions that the Highland County wind project would achieve. Editor's Note: The comments are available via the link below and on the Virginia Wind website
WASHINGTON — Southern California and the urban centers from Northern Virginia to New York face the most critical power grid problems, but such remote areas as Montana and the Dakotas may need new transmission lines in the near future, an Energy Department report warns.
For those opposed to bringing commercial production to the Allegheny Highlands, there’s no question. The mountains, wildlife, and quality of living in this region are invaluable, they remind us. It’s worth whatever it takes to preserve and protect not only for those who live here, but for all Virginians and beyond. They argue, correctly, one cannot put a price tag on this environment, and if industrialization gains a foothold here, even a small one, the rest of the area, up and down the Appalachian ridges, is equally vulnerable. As we’ve pointed out countless times on these pages, there just isn’t enough to gain from this utility.
RICHMOND — After several weeks of delay, Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality has sent its final report on the proposed Highland wind utility to the State Corporation Commission.
MONTEREY — Eight experts, four landowners, and county administrator Roberta Lambert constituted the arguments on both sides during last week’s trial on a proposed wind energy facility here.
Virginia's environmental agency recommends that the developer of a proposed Highland County windmill project study the big turbines' effects on birds, bats and scenic views. The state Department of Environmental Quality passed its recommendations yesterday to the State Corporation Commission, which will approve or reject the project.
Virginia's first proposed wind farm cleared another legal hurdle Thursday when a Highland County judge ruled for the third time this month against landowners seeking to keep the huge windmills off the county's ridgelines. But the controversial project ran into a regulatory roadblock Friday when state officials reported they have reached an impasse with the project's developers over potential bird and bat kills and other environmental and economic impacts.
Three days of testimony and legal argument did not persuade Judge Paul Sheridan the county board had illegally issued the conditional use permit.
A year after county supervisors voted 2-1 to grant a conditional use permit to Highland New Wind Development, that move was taken to court by residents and landowners challenging the decision. The trial is expected to take about three days.
The $850 million power line, which would be built by two companies, is intended to relieve power congestion in northern Virginia and get electricity to customers as far north as New Jersey, said officials with grid-operator PJM Interconnection.
Preliminary research shows wind turbines kill thousands of bats and birds in the Appalachian Mountains, which are a major migratory flyway, scientists say.....Dan Boone, a Maryland-based botanist and wildlife scientist, said laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act aren't enough to protect against bird and bat kills, deforestation and other damage done by wind turbines.
Nationwide, wind power has been hailed as a source of clean, renewable energy and a moneymaker for ailing rural communities. But its rapid expansion in the East has intensified concerns about bird and bat deaths, altered landscapes and other environmental and economic issues.
...it's good to know Greenpeace sticks by its anti-nuke stance even when it can't explain why.
For four years or more, Boone has traveled across the mid-Atlantic region to make every argument he can muster against local wind-power projects: they kill birds and bats; they are too noisy; they are inefficient, making no more than a symbolic contribution to energy needs.
At one point, Mike Town , state director of the Sierra Club , challenged the acting assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Johnnie Burton, to conduct a full investigation of possible offshore wind energy. “We already are,” Burton told Town. “We also can say with certainty that one platform in the Gulf of Mexico would equal the energy from wind turbines placed shoulder to shoulder on the coast of New Hampshire,” she said. Town did not disagree, only that wind energy should be considered “part of the solution.”
The Public Service Commission will hear arguments in coming weeks about three wind power projects seeking certification to operate in West Virginia.
STUART - Opposition to windmills in Highland County appears to be spreading to Patrick County.