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Reaction to wind turbine project

Arthur and Pamela Dodds are upset with the West Virginia Public Service Commission's approval of the wind turbine facility along the Laurel Mountain ridgeline in Barbour and Randolph Counties. "I was very disappointed that the wind turbine complex had been approved. I feel there was an improper balancing of the information that the opposition gave," says Pamela Dodds, a Barbour County resident.

The turbines will be visible from a historic civil war battlefield in Barbour County, and that has some people upset.

Arthur and Pamela Dodds are upset with the West Virginia Public Service Commission's approval of the wind turbine facility along the Laurel Mountain ridgeline in Barbour and Randolph Counties.

"I was very disappointed that the wind turbine complex had been approved. I feel there was an improper balancing of the information that the opposition gave," says Pamela Dodds, a Barbour County resident.

The project calls for up to sixty-five windmills along an eight mile stretch. Arthur Dodds says the windmills will destroy the feel of the historic Laurel Hill Battlefield.

"It completely takes away from the aspect of being able to relive the feelings that the people who were there at the time in 1863 felt," says Arthur Dodds.

Not everyone feels that way. Alfred Griffith lives on the Laurel Hill Battlefield. He says the turbines will bring more people to the area.

"It's not a bad thing because people will come to see them and we'll have more tourism on the battlefield," says Griffith.

Griffith says the windmills will be good for the county's economy because they will create... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The turbines will be visible from a historic civil war battlefield in Barbour County, and that has some people upset.

Arthur and Pamela Dodds are upset with the West Virginia Public Service Commission's approval of the wind turbine facility along the Laurel Mountain ridgeline in Barbour and Randolph Counties.

"I was very disappointed that the wind turbine complex had been approved. I feel there was an improper balancing of the information that the opposition gave," says Pamela Dodds, a Barbour County resident.

The project calls for up to sixty-five windmills along an eight mile stretch. Arthur Dodds says the windmills will destroy the feel of the historic Laurel Hill Battlefield.

"It completely takes away from the aspect of being able to relive the feelings that the people who were there at the time in 1863 felt," says Arthur Dodds.

Not everyone feels that way. Alfred Griffith lives on the Laurel Hill Battlefield. He says the turbines will bring more people to the area.

"It's not a bad thing because people will come to see them and we'll have more tourism on the battlefield," says Griffith.

Griffith says the windmills will be good for the county's economy because they will create jobs. AES, the company behind the project, says the turbines will generate 279 construction jobs and nine full time positions during operations. Dodds says there is a catch:

"Yes, you will have the jobs, but I don't believe it's going to be the people that live here and would need the jobs," says Arthur Dodds.

"If they come in from out of state they're going to use our motels, our restaurants and there's going to be some tourism come in to see them," says Griffith.

The Dodds say they will continue to fight the wind turbine project. They say aside from destorying the feel of the Laurel Mountain Battlefield, the windmills will damage the environment. They say they will be meeting with the PSC again soon.


Source: http://www.wboy.com/story.c...

DEC 2 2008
https://www.windaction.org/posts/18142-reaction-to-wind-turbine-project
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