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Public speaks out on proposed wind turbine project and Ridge Line Ordinance in Tazewell County

The proposed wind turbines took center stage Tuesday night in Tazewell County and the Board of Supervisors heard an ear full. The auditorium at the middle school was packed and it seems everyone had something to say about the proposed project.

The proposed wind turbines took center stage Tuesday night in Tazewell County and the Board of Supervisors heard an ear full.

The auditorium at the middle school was packed and it seems everyone had something to say about the proposed project.

Alex Payne opposes the ordinance and is in favor of wind turbines. He explains, "I'm opposed to the ordinance because that would stop wind energy from coming to Tazewell County and making Tazewell County a more progressive county."

Betty Melvin disagrees. She supports the ordinance and opposes turbines, "I am for the ordinance because I feel like we need some regulations in our community."

Both sides were represented and both sides spoke passionately to prove their point.

Melvin added, "I live in Burks Garden, which is the largest historic district in the state of Virginia, and I feel like by putting the wind turbines on top of the mountain, you are going to create a lot of historical value being lost."

Dahmon Ball opposes the ordinance and supports the wind turbines. He states, "I think it will bring economic development to Tazewell County. And of course, in these economic hard times, you need to diversify your economy. Right now, that would provide another... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The proposed wind turbines took center stage Tuesday night in Tazewell County and the Board of Supervisors heard an ear full.

The auditorium at the middle school was packed and it seems everyone had something to say about the proposed project.

Alex Payne opposes the ordinance and is in favor of wind turbines. He explains, "I'm opposed to the ordinance because that would stop wind energy from coming to Tazewell County and making Tazewell County a more progressive county."

Betty Melvin disagrees. She supports the ordinance and opposes turbines, "I am for the ordinance because I feel like we need some regulations in our community."

Both sides were represented and both sides spoke passionately to prove their point.

Melvin added, "I live in Burks Garden, which is the largest historic district in the state of Virginia, and I feel like by putting the wind turbines on top of the mountain, you are going to create a lot of historical value being lost."

Dahmon Ball opposes the ordinance and supports the wind turbines. He states, "I think it will bring economic development to Tazewell County. And of course, in these economic hard times, you need to diversify your economy. Right now, that would provide another source of revenue for the county."

Lois Mullins disagrees but for different reasons. She supports the ordinance and explains why. "If windmills start to come into this area, we will see a real problem with the wildlife. As I've done some research, we know that when the top of the mountain is distroyed, and the woods are distroyed that you create a barrier for the wildlife." says Mullins.

Different opinions and different concerns but everyone's ultimate goal is what they believed is best for Tazewell County.

The Board of Supervisors did not take action after the public hearing.

Supervisor David Anderson said they want to address the public concerns before voting on the ordinance.

A steering committee has been put in place and two informational meetings are set for February 19th and 24th.

Those meetings will provide information about the proposed turbines and be held at both Tazewell and Graham High Schools.


Source: http://www.wvva.com/global/...

FEB 4 2009
https://www.windaction.org/posts/18894-public-speaks-out-on-proposed-wind-turbine-project-and-ridge-line-ordinance-in-tazewell-county
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