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Redington Mountain project spurs concern

....we believe there are places where this type of development is inappropriate, and the proposed location of the Redington Mountain project is one such place. We are concerned about the detrimental effects the project would have on one of the region's wildest mountain environments.

The Appalachian Mountain Club has a long history of performing scientific research on mountain air quality and promoting conservation of mountain environments, and we agree with the premise of your June 12 editorial on wind power. We need wind power to help reduce fossil fuels' environmental impact.

The AMC is not against wind power projects on all ridgelines. We have evaluated about a dozen projects proposed for ridgelines in the Northeast, and found nearly all to be acceptably sited.

We supported Kenetech's proposed project in the Boundary Mountains in the mid-1990s, and until now have not opposed any wind power project in the region.

However, we believe there are places where this type of development is inappropriate, and the proposed location of the Redington Mountain project is one such place. We are concerned about the detrimental effects the project would have on one of the region's wildest mountain environments.

The AMC is developing guidelines aimed at identifying appropriate sites for wind power projects based on the impact a project would have on an area's established ecological, recreational, and scenic values.

We are encouraging state regulators to use our research as... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The Appalachian Mountain Club has a long history of performing scientific research on mountain air quality and promoting conservation of mountain environments, and we agree with the premise of your June 12 editorial on wind power. We need wind power to help reduce fossil fuels' environmental impact.

The AMC is not against wind power projects on all ridgelines. We have evaluated about a dozen projects proposed for ridgelines in the Northeast, and found nearly all to be acceptably sited.

We supported Kenetech's proposed project in the Boundary Mountains in the mid-1990s, and until now have not opposed any wind power project in the region.

However, we believe there are places where this type of development is inappropriate, and the proposed location of the Redington Mountain project is one such place. We are concerned about the detrimental effects the project would have on one of the region's wildest mountain environments.

The AMC is developing guidelines aimed at identifying appropriate sites for wind power projects based on the impact a project would have on an area's established ecological, recreational, and scenic values.

We are encouraging state regulators to use our research as they establish their own guidelines. We believe such guidelines are necessary to guide development to locations with fewer conflicts.

We are hopeful for the future of appropriately located wind power projects in our region, and are continuing to contribute to the research needed to help such efforts succeed.


Source: http://morningsentinel.main...

JUN 23 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/3195-redington-mountain-project-spurs-concern
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