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City council withdraws wind turbine objection

The Tehachapi City Council has conditionally withdrawn an earlier objection to a 445-foot-tall wind turbine proposed to be erected north of Highway 58 and east of the city.

The earlier objection was based on its perceived danger to aviation. However, at the council’s Feb. 27 meeting, Ed Duggan, vice president of Oak Creek Energy Systems, which proposes to build the wind machine for Lehigh Cement Company, announced that a new location will be submitted to the Kern County Planning Department aimed at mitigating dangers to aircraft.

The city council’s previous objection was in response to a negative recommendation from its airport commission, which believed the initial location would violate standards imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration with respect to pilot safety. In view of the changed location, which is about two-thirds of a mile north of the original spot, the airport commission has advised the city council that it no longer has an objection, so long as certain other conditions are met. The motion basically repeated the revised findings of the airport commission.

Two members of the audience at the Feb. 27 council meeting voiced opposition to the wind machines based on aesthetic concerns. Council member Debra Hand asked about the possibility the big machine would kill birds. Duggan said this problem largely occurs in Altamont Pass west of Tracy in Northern California and... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The earlier objection was based on its perceived danger to aviation. However, at the council’s Feb. 27 meeting, Ed Duggan, vice president of Oak Creek Energy Systems, which proposes to build the wind machine for Lehigh Cement Company, announced that a new location will be submitted to the Kern County Planning Department aimed at mitigating dangers to aircraft.
 
The city council’s previous objection was in response to a negative recommendation from its airport commission, which believed the initial location would violate standards imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration with respect to pilot safety. In view of the changed location, which is about two-thirds of a mile north of the original spot, the airport commission has advised the city council that it no longer has an objection, so long as certain other conditions are met. The motion basically repeated the revised findings of the airport commission.
 
Two members of the audience at the Feb. 27 council meeting voiced opposition to the wind machines based on aesthetic concerns. Council member Debra Hand asked about the possibility the big machine would kill birds. Duggan said this problem largely occurs in Altamont Pass west of Tracy in Northern California and results from older machines with lattice towers and high speed propellers. He said the newer machines used in Tehachapi have not had a discernible impact on birds.
 
Mayor Ed Grimes said the city’s withdrawal of opposition is based solely on the aviation safety issue. Those who oppose the machine on other grounds can submit their objections to the Kern County Planning Commission inasmuch as the proposed site is not within city limits, he said.


Source: http://www.tehachapinews.co...

MAR 8 2006
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