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FWP balks at idea of wind project in Giant Springs area

The development would be directly behind Fish Wildlife & Parks Region 4 headquarters on Giant Springs Road. Gary Bertellotti, regional supervisor for FWP in Great Falls, said Brown notified the office of the proposal and officials have some concerns "Wind power is good for the state," he said. "But our concern is the viewshed right along the river."

Developers are exploring a proposal to erect several wind turbines near Giant Springs State Park.

David Brown, president of Giants Springs Natural Spring Water, said the proposal is very preliminary. He is working with a company that is interested in developing a wind farm. Brown declined to name the company.

The development would be directly behind Fish Wildlife & Parks Region 4 headquarters on Giant Springs Road.

Gary Bertellotti, regional supervisor for FWP in Great Falls, said Brown notified the office of the proposal and officials have some concerns

"Wind power is good for the state," he said. "But our concern is the viewshed right along the river."

Bertellotti was notified of plans for the wind power development the day after the Lewis and Clark Center Interpretive Foundation announced it would acquire 15 acres of land on the Missouri River's north shore across from the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Giant Springs Park.

The purchase protects the view from development in the area, he said. The proposed wind turbines, however, raise concerns.

"There's a place for everything," Bertellotti said. "But there's also a huge economic nature to... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Developers are exploring a proposal to erect several wind turbines near Giant Springs State Park.

David Brown, president of Giants Springs Natural Spring Water, said the proposal is very preliminary. He is working with a company that is interested in developing a wind farm. Brown declined to name the company.

The development would be directly behind Fish Wildlife & Parks Region 4 headquarters on Giant Springs Road.

Gary Bertellotti, regional supervisor for FWP in Great Falls, said Brown notified the office of the proposal and officials have some concerns

"Wind power is good for the state," he said. "But our concern is the viewshed right along the river."

Bertellotti was notified of plans for the wind power development the day after the Lewis and Clark Center Interpretive Foundation announced it would acquire 15 acres of land on the Missouri River's north shore across from the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Giant Springs Park.

The purchase protects the view from development in the area, he said. The proposed wind turbines, however, raise concerns.

"There's a place for everything," Bertellotti said. "But there's also a huge economic nature to this river corridor."

Brown said that at this point, developers would need at least a year's worth of meteorological data before designing a plan.

"We're just looking into it," he said.

An initial proposal outlines 14 wind turbines, noting that the number and layout will likely change as the project progresses.

Brown said a wind-power project isn't the only development being explored for the property, adding that the land, which includes a source of pure water and a railroad spur, would be ideal for an industrial park.

Late last year Brown also discussed the potential for a Northern Ireland company to construct a plant, which would manufacture a fuel additive, on the property.

Cascade County senior planner Brian Clifton said the county has not received an application for a wind farm near Giant Springs but Brown has discussed the idea with planning staff.

If a wind project were constructed, a special-use permit would be needed and a public hearing would be held before the county's zoning board of adjustments. The proposal would not need the approval of the county commissioners.

 

 

 


Source: http://www.greatfallstribun...

JUL 21 2006
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