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Wind Force officials should testify under oath

Having just returned from Annapolis, where I testified on Sen. George Edwards' six wind energy bills, and preparing for the hearing on Thursday, I have a number of questions/comments about the format. It is my understanding that citizen comments will be directed only to the Planning and Zoning Commission report, The Regulation and Management of Wind Energy Devices, A Report to the Planning and Zoning Commission of Allegany County, January 29, 2009 ("Report").

Having just returned from Annapolis, where I testified on Sen. George Edwards' six wind energy bills, and preparing for the hearing on Thursday, I have a number of questions/comments about the format.

It is my understanding that citizen comments will be directed only to the Planning and Zoning Commission report, The Regulation and Management of Wind Energy Devices, A Report to the Planning and Zoning Commission of Allegany County, January 29, 2009 ("Report").

It is also my understanding that this is not a hearing on the Dan's Mountain project, as comments on that project were received at the Maryland Public Service Commission Hear on Jan. 22.

If my assumption is correct, I would respectfully suggest that comments only be directed to the subject-at-hand.

Citizens are expecting to give remarks on that document, and not on amended or changed versions of the "Report" following the January 29 planning and zoning hearing.

I would remind the commissioners that U.S. Wind Force made no substantive comments at that hearing other than their attorney Mr. Jamie Walsh, Esq., briefly mentioning private property rights, as I recall.

This point is significant because U.S. Wind... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Having just returned from Annapolis, where I testified on Sen. George Edwards' six wind energy bills, and preparing for the hearing on Thursday, I have a number of questions/comments about the format.

It is my understanding that citizen comments will be directed only to the Planning and Zoning Commission report, The Regulation and Management of Wind Energy Devices, A Report to the Planning and Zoning Commission of Allegany County, January 29, 2009 ("Report").

It is also my understanding that this is not a hearing on the Dan's Mountain project, as comments on that project were received at the Maryland Public Service Commission Hear on Jan. 22.

If my assumption is correct, I would respectfully suggest that comments only be directed to the subject-at-hand.

Citizens are expecting to give remarks on that document, and not on amended or changed versions of the "Report" following the January 29 planning and zoning hearing.

I would remind the commissioners that U.S. Wind Force made no substantive comments at that hearing other than their attorney Mr. Jamie Walsh, Esq., briefly mentioning private property rights, as I recall.

This point is significant because U.S. Wind Force, while in attendance at today's Annapolis hearing made no comments whatsoever.

They should not be afraid to let their comments undergo the scrutiny of an open and transparent hearing rather then private comments with elected representatives and/or their senior staff.

It seems to me that they were given an opportunity to comment publicly, like the rest of us, on the "Report" on Feb. 18 and declined to do so.

Therefore, they should be given no more time than an Allegany County citizen who did, after all, participate in the planning and zoning hearing under oath.

If the citizens of Allegany were required to testify under sworn oath, then the same rules of procedure should apply to U.S. Wind Force at Thursday's hearing.

In all of my years of public service, I have never seen this done, although I personally support such an action since there are no penalties for lying in a typical hearing of this nature.

Perhaps we could finally get some answers to revenue projections, impact on emergency and other communication towers, decommissioning costs, environmental and socioeconomic impacts, and very important issues of public health and safety including, but not limited to, setbacks from property lines, noise concerns, and shadow flicker.

These are just a few observations, but I would like to know prior to the hearing what the ground rules are so that I and others might appropriately prepare comments.


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MAR 18 2009
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