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Laurel Mountain Preservation Association response to WV PSC decision

Members of the Laurel Mountain Preservation Association are very disappointed in the decision of the WV PSC to grant the siting certificate to AES for construction of an industrial-scale wind turbine complex on Laurel Mountain in Randolph and Barbour Counties.

The Commissioners did not balance the negative impacts against the claimed benefits given by AES. During the public hearing, it was obvious that each study presented by AES had fatal flaws. Most importantly, the project will not fulfill any need for electricity in West Virginia or in the region. PJM (the regional transmission organization) provided a report indicating that this project was not necessary.

There were numerous other fatal flaws:

1) the bat study was conducted at the wrong time of year (specified by the USFWS) to determine the presence of endangered species;

2) the hydrology study was conducted during a drought so devastating that the Governor declared a state of emergency for the state:

3) the visual impact study was conducted using a model that only allowed for views perpendicular to a particular turbine, not for the full expanse that could be seen by a real person;

4) the economic study was based on a model that is too... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Members of the Laurel Mountain Preservation Association are very disappointed in the decision of the WV PSC to grant the siting certificate to AES for construction of an industrial-scale wind turbine complex on Laurel Mountain in Randolph and Barbour Counties.

The Commissioners did not balance the negative impacts against the claimed benefits given by AES. During the public hearing, it was obvious that each study presented by AES had fatal flaws. Most importantly, the project will not fulfill any need for electricity in West Virginia or in the region. PJM (the regional transmission organization) provided a report indicating that this project was not necessary.

There were numerous other fatal flaws:

1) the bat study was conducted at the wrong time of year (specified by the USFWS) to determine the presence of endangered species;

2) the hydrology study was conducted during a drought so devastating that the Governor declared a state of emergency for the state:

3) the visual impact study was conducted using a model that only allowed for views perpendicular to a particular turbine, not for the full expanse that could be seen by a real person;

4) the economic study was based on a model that is too easy to manipulate, such that the results were biased in favor of the wind project;

5) the noise study was conducted with inappropriate equipment and software and did not take into account the low frequencies emitted by the turbines, the low frequencies being established as the most harmful to human health;

6) the statements concerning tax benefits were totally erroneous because AES admitted that there had been no discussion of such details with the WV Tax Department.

The concept that the industrial-scale wind turbines produce clean energy is incorrect because the energy produced is too variable, given that it depends on the wind. In fact, AES would not allow their wind data to be viewed by the public. The wind energy can't be stored. So, coal-fired plants must stay in operation at all times to insure the proper amount of fuel to operate the generators at the required 3600 rpm. Wind energy can't exist without electricity produced by coal-fired plants.

The Laurel Mountain Preservation Association will continue in its efforts at historical and environmental preservation. We oppose the PSC's decision.

We are a 501(c)(3) organization and we are most thankful to anyone who will provide contributions for us to continue fighting the wind project. Our organization will continue to provide workshops concerning sustainability and conservation so that individuals can understand what needs to be done on a personal level to provide real solutions to our energy problems.


Source: http://www.laurelmountainpr...

NOV 27 2008
https://www.windaction.org/posts/18101-laurel-mountain-preservation-association-response-to-wv-psc-decision
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