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Repeal Maryland's SB 566 which allows land-based turbines

I am writing as a private citizen to respectfully request that you consider supporting a repeal of the act (SB 566) which allows land-based industrial wind turbines to be built without a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) being required.

Editor's note: The writer of the following letter to Governor Martin O'Malley requested that it be published in this column.

I am writing as a private citizen to respectfully request that you consider supporting a repeal of the act (SB 566) which allows land-based industrial wind turbines to be built without a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) being required.

Off-shore projects still must undergo a thorough and comprehensive administrative and regulatory process. Prior to its passage in 2007, at the request of Senate president Miller and Wayne Rogers, CEO of Synergics, a wind LLC, an electric generating facility had to go before the Public Service Commission for a CPCN. Several other state agencies, including DNR and MDE, had major responsibilities in assessing environmental, health, safety, cultural and historical resources, and landuse conditions. I would point out that the Public Service Commission, DNR, and the Office of People's Counsel opposed the bill primarily for reasons supporting the primacy of open government and citizen protections.

The act virtually scuttled all of these environmental review protections for land-based, wind-generating stations. State regulation... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Editor's note: The writer of the following letter to Governor Martin O'Malley requested that it be published in this column.

I am writing as a private citizen to respectfully request that you consider supporting a repeal of the act (SB 566) which allows land-based industrial wind turbines to be built without a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) being required.

Off-shore projects still must undergo a thorough and comprehensive administrative and regulatory process. Prior to its passage in 2007, at the request of Senate president Miller and Wayne Rogers, CEO of Synergics, a wind LLC, an electric generating facility had to go before the Public Service Commission for a CPCN. Several other state agencies, including DNR and MDE, had major responsibilities in assessing environmental, health, safety, cultural and historical resources, and landuse conditions. I would point out that the Public Service Commission, DNR, and the Office of People's Counsel opposed the bill primarily for reasons supporting the primacy of open government and citizen protections.

The act virtually scuttled all of these environmental review protections for land-based, wind-generating stations. State regulation of facilities is minimal, and local oversight in the case of Garrett County is non-existent, as there is no countywide zoning and the Board of Garrett County Commissioners refuses to enact any type of protection whatsoever.

Thus the conundrum of little state oversight and no local oversight. This unintended consequence needs to be remedied, and it is for this reason that I am seeking your assistance.


Source: http://www.therepublicannew...

DEC 11 2008
https://www.windaction.org/posts/18240-repeal-maryland-s-sb-566-which-allows-land-based-turbines
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