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Court halts wind turbine delivery

The borough has stopped - at least for now - a wind turbine slated to be built at the regional sewerage plant here. Robert C. Fischer, Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority's executive director, called the latest news "disappointing."

UNION BEACH - The borough has stopped - at least for now - a wind turbine slated to be built at the regional sewerage plant here.

Robert C. Fischer, Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority's executive director, called the latest news "disappointing."

A restraining order on transportation and assembly of the turbine was granted Wednesday by the Appellate Division of the Superior Court in Trenton, said Stuart J. Lieberman, attorney with Princeton-based Lieberman and Blecher, acting on behalf of Union Beach.

The borough previously has come out against the turbine's construction.

Transportation of sections of the 380-foot wind turbine, from base to tip of blades, was to have begun Monday. Three sections making up the turbine would have been trucked through Monmouth County during different days next week.

When the $7.7 million project is completed, the turbine would be used to generate electricity to power the sewer treatment plant on Oak Street.

The injunction is temporary.

Opponents of the project say the wind turbine would be unsightly, too close to their homes and would lower property values.

Now, both sides in the contentious battle are awaiting another court... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

UNION BEACH - The borough has stopped - at least for now - a wind turbine slated to be built at the regional sewerage plant here.

Robert C. Fischer, Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority's executive director, called the latest news "disappointing."

A restraining order on transportation and assembly of the turbine was granted Wednesday by the Appellate Division of the Superior Court in Trenton, said Stuart J. Lieberman, attorney with Princeton-based Lieberman and Blecher, acting on behalf of Union Beach.

The borough previously has come out against the turbine's construction.

Transportation of sections of the 380-foot wind turbine, from base to tip of blades, was to have begun Monday. Three sections making up the turbine would have been trucked through Monmouth County during different days next week.

When the $7.7 million project is completed, the turbine would be used to generate electricity to power the sewer treatment plant on Oak Street.

The injunction is temporary.

Opponents of the project say the wind turbine would be unsightly, too close to their homes and would lower property values.

Now, both sides in the contentious battle are awaiting another court decision, also from the appellate court. The appellate court will decide which borough board - the Planning Board or Zoning Board - is the agency to hear the project.

A hearing was held in March and the date for the decision is unknown, Fischer said. And until that decision, all activity, including transportation and erection of the wind turbine has halted.

"We have a crane on site, awaiting transportation of the wind turbine components. Now it (the crane) will sit until the Appellate Division reaches a decision," Fischer said.

Transport of the wind turbine components were scheduled to be trucked through Hazlet and Matawan. Those municipalities, along with Aberdeen, Holmdel, Keansburg and Keyport also have passed resolutions against construction of the wind turbine.


Source: http://www.app.com/article/...

JUL 21 2012
https://www.windaction.org/posts/34436-court-halts-wind-turbine-delivery
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