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There's also noise, flickering lights and flying ice

Dear Allegany County commissioners:

This letter is to support your Planning and Zoning Commission's proposed regulations for wind energy devices in Allegany County. I attended the first of the Planning and Zoning Commission's public hearings and have carefully reviewed the proposed regulatory changes.

The proposed ordinance is an important step toward protecting all citizens, particularly by establishing setbacks and requiring bonding in the event of failures or interference. Everyone who spoke at the hearing I attended were in favor of these regulations, and many suggested further amendments that would protect water resources, for example.

U.S. Wind Force employees and contractual attorneys and engineers attended the County Commissioners' hearing, in force, to attempt to move you to oppose months of diligent work by Phil Hager and his staff to develop reasonable regulations. Further, their "power" show of non-constituents was designed to diminish the hours of public testimony by constituents who support regulations.

James E. Walsh, local attorney for U.S. Wind Force, in his March 25 letter in the Cumberland Times-News, would have you believe that "the ordinance would... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Dear Allegany County commissioners:

This letter is to support your Planning and Zoning Commission's proposed regulations for wind energy devices in Allegany County. I attended the first of the Planning and Zoning Commission's public hearings and have carefully reviewed the proposed regulatory changes.

The proposed ordinance is an important step toward protecting all citizens, particularly by establishing setbacks and requiring bonding in the event of failures or interference. Everyone who spoke at the hearing I attended were in favor of these regulations, and many suggested further amendments that would protect water resources, for example.

U.S. Wind Force employees and contractual attorneys and engineers attended the County Commissioners' hearing, in force, to attempt to move you to oppose months of diligent work by Phil Hager and his staff to develop reasonable regulations. Further, their "power" show of non-constituents was designed to diminish the hours of public testimony by constituents who support regulations.

James E. Walsh, local attorney for U.S. Wind Force, in his March 25 letter in the Cumberland Times-News, would have you believe that "the ordinance would prevent any wind projects in Allegany County." He has been trapped by some kind of thinking disease that prevents his brain from acknowledging that some regulation does not mean prohibition. In fact, Allegany County's proposed ordinance incorporates concepts from other jurisdictions where wind energy devices have been constructed.

Mr. Walsh has decided that all the concerns of local opponents to unregulated wind energy can be summarized by the following: "(t)he truth is that wind energy opponents do not like the way the turbines look."

Oh, were it that simple, Mr. Walsh. Poof! There go the concerns about noise, flickering lights and ice-throws, for example, since no setbacks would mean a 440-foot commercial wind turbine could be right next to someone else's property line. The hearing I attended also had several speakers address concerns about wildlife habitat and migratory bird destruction.

If U.S. Wind Force were really about sensible energy solutions (rather than motivated solely by profit), then they would not require that citizens leasing land to them be silent about their financial arrangements. Instead, they would have local property owners regale us with stories of their profits and joy. And, they would be telling us how many local jobs, temporary and long-lasting, have resulted from the commercial wind turbines in our neighboring counties. These data never have been offered at public hearings, though asked for at every hearing I have attended.

I suspect U.S. Wind Force is sitting on top of a lot of unfavorable data, which they are not required to disclose. Rather than treat us all as intelligent consumers of information, they would have you believe that your proposed ordinance, developed by your staff, paid by our tax dollars, and supported by our citizens, is only about not liking the way wind turbines look. Go tell it on the mountain.


Source: http://www.times-news.com/o...

APR 1 2009
https://www.windaction.org/posts/19659-there-s-also-noise-flickering-lights-and-flying-ice
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