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Wind turbine bill worries West County

A Patrick administration proposal that critics say would strip local control from the siting of wind turbines is still awaiting action on Beacon Hill. And some West County town officials say revisions in the legislation don't go far enough in addressing their concerns. The Hawley Planning Board wrote this week to Gov. Deval Patrick and area legislators opposing the Wind Energy Siting Reform Act.

A Patrick administration proposal that critics say would strip local control from the siting of wind turbines is still awaiting action on Beacon Hill. And some West County town officials say revisions in the legislation don't go far enough in addressing their concerns.

The Hawley Planning Board wrote this week to Gov. Deval Patrick and area legislators opposing the Wind Energy Siting Reform Act, which board Chairman Lloyd Crawford said he fears may be released before the Legislature's Joint Energy Committee recess next week.

'The bill would significantly restrict Massachusetts communities' home rule authority by consolidating and expediting permitting of large wind facilities,' the committee wrote, reiterating formal comments it made in May. 'Under this new law, (the state Energy Facilities Siting Board) would develop standards for siting such facilities, and would have the authority to override all state and local permitting decisions if the standards are met.'

A Patrick administration proposal that critics say would strip local control from the siting of wind turbines is still awaiting action on Beacon Hill. And some West County town officials say revisions in the legislation don't go far enough in addressing their concerns.

The Hawley Planning Board wrote this week to Gov. Deval Patrick and area legislators opposing the Wind Energy Siting Reform Act, which board Chairman Lloyd Crawford said he fears may be released before the Legislature's Joint Energy Committee recess next week.

'The bill would significantly restrict Massachusetts communities' home rule authority by consolidating and expediting permitting of large wind facilities,' the committee wrote, reiterating formal comments it made in May. 'Under this new law, (the state Energy Facilities Siting Board) would develop standards for siting such facilities, and would have the authority to override all state and local permitting decisions if the standards are met.'


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NOV 13 2009
https://www.windaction.org/posts/23102-wind-turbine-bill-worries-west-county
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