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The bill would require the Maryland Public Service Commission to evaluate the impact of a proposed wind project that “directly or indirectly encroaches on existing, private, state, federal or military infrastructure, resources, facilities, ranges, or operating environments,” and prohibits the commission from approving such a project “unless the proposed offshore wind project will not impact restricted areas and a specified warning area in a specified manner.”
Tom Dennison, a spokesman for the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, said companies are making big investments just to reach the current goal of 20 percent by 2022, and additional mandates will cost ratepayers more. Dennison noted that southern Maryland now gets about 10 percent of its electricity from renewables.
Dan’s Mountain Wind Force LLC has temporarily withdrawn part of its application for the proposed 19-turbine wind project that had been filed with the Allegany County Board of Zoning Appeals. In a letter dated Dec. 9, Dan’s Mountain requested that the petitions for special exception, variance and administrative modification be withdrawn.
Pioneer Green does not design or construct wind turbines. It will sell the development rights and will be long gone before any are built, leaving the resulting health, safety and environmental problems in the hands of leaseholders, county residents and attorneys. Somerset County will be poorer for the project, not richer.
Dan’s Mountain Wind Force LLC recently asked the Maryland Public Service Commission for a third construction delay for 19 wind turbines atop that prominent Allegany County ridgeline. Dan’s Mountain has also asked that a motion for the construction delay be put on the agenda for the earliest possible administrative meeting of the PSC.
The learning curve about industrial wind turbine noise has evolved over the past decade. The need to understand it emerged from the discovery of a new human illness. In 2006 doctors in Europe, the United States and Australia began reporting a group of symptoms occurring in a cluster of patients in their communities. In each case, people complained of sleeplessness, unsteadiness, headache and nausea. All had one factor in common: proximity to industrial wind turbines.
Wind turbines do reduce property values significantly, as shown by independent studies conducted by the London School of Economics, Clarkson University, Aachen University in Germany and McCann studies in the Midwest, along with common sense. Setbacks are 1,000 feet for a nearly 600 foot turbine and there will be residents with constant flicker in their homes, depending on location of the sun.
The Defense Department has held that towering turbines in Somerset, across the Chesapeake Bay from the Patuxent River Naval Air Station would interfere with military radar-testing. ...The same day, Fleury, the chairwoman of the Somerset County Planning and Zoning Commission, quit abruptly, citing dismay over the panel majority’s passage of provisions she warned posed potential “health hazards connected with turbines, especially those greater than 400 feet.”
Somerset County Commissioners have not reached a decision on whether to approve a contentious wind energy project proposal. Commissioners convened for an open session to discuss a letter, from the Department of Defense, that objected to the Great Bay Wind project.
The company behind a proposed wind energy project remains committed to moving forward, despite recent objections rendered in a letter from the Department of Defense. ...Project Manager Paul Harris said the letter is an opinion submitted to the FAA, which has not made a final decision on the project.
“Del. John Bohanan and I were confident that once the project was fully reviewed by the Department of Defense, after consultation with various service branches that utilize Pax River, that this would be the outcome,” Hoyer said. “It was the right decision, and I applaud the Department of Defense leadership for recognizing the threat this project poses to a critical national security asset.”
The letter, signed by Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work, does not elaborate. But Hoyer said Pentagon officials had concluded the turbines pose "a significant threat" to the "world-class stealth radar system" used at the base.
The long-anticipated response from the Department of Defense on the proposed Eastern Shore wind turbine project was released Thursday and it is so strongly negative against it that it could very well deep six it.
The Planning Commission does not have the final word. The county commission will make the final decision. He pointed out that, regardless of what the planners recommend, the county commission “can change the ordinance however they see fit.” That decision could clear the way for the development or stop it in its tracks.
Woodson is among a handful of school structures in which wind turbines taller than 150 feet could be allowed within 1,500 feet of a school property line if proposed provisions to the Somerset County zoning ordinance are approved.
Pax River contributes $7.5 billion in economic activity to the state of Maryland every year. If the Navy’s ability to do radar testing at the Navy base here is compromised that work can be moved elsewhere. ...The congressman, U.S. senator and state legislators who have tried to sidetrack the wind turbine project are representing their constituents and the state’s best interests.
The Somerset County Planning and Zoning Commission completed changes to a proposed industrial wind ordinance but said there could be more changes before an Oct. 28 vote on the document.
Speaking at a candidate forum Wednesday, Del. John Bohanan (D-St. Mary’s) said, “I believe the project is dead.” ...Bohanan said Thursday he is “anticipating that the DoD will file a formal objection later this month.” Md Senator Mikulski added language to the defense appropriation bill that would prevent the Navy from entering into a curtailment agreement with Pioneer Green until the MIT study is completed.
The Somerset Planning and Zoning Commission voted to set noise levels for industrial wind turbines at 40 decibels in the nighttime and 65 decibels during the day. Maryland code sets decibel levels at 55 and 65 night and day, respectively.
Harvey A. Kagan, who describes himself as a licensed professional engineer living in Somerset County, believes the wind farm poses a enormous threat to the future of the county. “There are serious environmental and health issues and the long-term impact to the quality of life and character of Somerset County, as opposed to short-term financial gains by a few,” he said in a statement posted on the web.