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Federal court appeal filed as Congress continues investigation into political pressure on FAA review of Cape Wind
"(G)et cape wind done by sept. 30. That's important to the president," Issa quotes Silver as saying in an email to loan program senior adviser Peter O'Rourke.
The Kingston Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday night found no fault with the special permit process or the issuance of building permits for the Independence and O'Donnell wind turbines.
"We have huge health problems with the turbines here in Fairhaven, and instead of dealing with that we are entering into more long-term contracts with developers," said Louise Barteau, a West Island resident who went to Beacon Hill last month to lobby against the bill.
The group overall was open to the idea of personal wind power, but did not like the idea of industrial power for a series of reasons. They cited health issues for both wildlife and people, as well as noise, noting the controversial "wind turbine syndrome." Scenery and property values were also a concern. ...There were also concerns of "regional abuse," in which the eastern part of the state benefits more.
"Borrego would like us to include a provision in the RFP for the successful proposer to take over the net metering agreement already in place with NStar and to use their plans that are already permitted." ...Borrego wants to be compensated but it can't be a requirement of the proposal.
In a joint letter sent Tuesday to FAA acting administrator Michael Huerta, the Republican chairmen of two House committees reiterated concerns about references to the highly political nature of the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm raised in internal agency emails and other documents. ...
Now, 16 months later, the Gardner turbines still aren't working, leaving taxpayers stuck with a nearly $10 million bill for the still-inoperable equipment. ...The summer is also when the Charlestown wind turbine, overseen by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, is supposed to be running after overcoming its own delay. The turbine needs a new foundation after the original one settled more than expected.
"Obviously these bills serve to further those goals," she said. "We've also pointed out that the costs to consumers are substantial." The proposed changes to the law would cost the utility's customers an estimated $350 million, Pretyman said. The push for more renewable energy and the consequent benefits and costs are policy decisions that are in the hands of lawmakers.
The congressmen asked the FAA to provide various documents by July 31, including any communication about Cape Wind over the last 3 1/2 years between the agency, Cape Wind, federal officials and the White House. It also flatly asked the agency to answer if it was influenced by political considerations, including the U.S. Interior Secretary's 2010 approval of the project and the Obama Administration's desire to promote green energy projects.
The logistics still need to be worked out. However, the state Department of Environmental Protection has agreed to commission a sound study of the impacts of the Independence and O'Donnell wind turbines. Town Planner Tom Bott informed the Kingston School Committee Monday night of this, explaining that one of the reasons for the study is to address residents' concerns about the impact of the four wind turbines on their health and safety.
When it came time to seek a consensus on the issue, council President Diana Serra found there was no resolve to continue discussing or studying wind. Anthony said he would prefer to focus on ways to reduce the town's energy expenses with less risk and a more immediate payoff.
In total, the project to restore the turbine could end up costing the town almost $1.5 million. At the town council meeting on July 9, the issue was postponed to a future meeting, so there is no word on when the gearbox could be replaced.
In their conversation three weeks ago, Elder and Drummey agreed that several representatives of turbine abutters would sit on the panel if the selectmen set aside their statement of principles for turbine mitigation - a guideline of how the town would operate the Falmouth-owned turbines for the remainder of the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years.
The survey begins Friday and continues through early fall. The first step involves acoustic imaging to map the seafloor. Then, sampling will be done ensure no Native American artifacts will be disturbed and to analyze the soil, followed by deeper soil borings.
"It's too early to talk about a hearing, but I'm very interested in the political pressure applied by the Administration in support of the President's green jobs scheme that is producing very few jobs," Stearns said in a statement to Greenwire this week. "Currently, we are still looking into the emails and other information involving the project."
A group of Martha's Vineyard fishermen on Tuesday dropped a lawsuit aimed at derailing the planned Cape Wind offshore wind farm, saying they will instead work with the developers on ways to co-exist.
U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns' committee last year looked into the collapse of Solyndra. The probe found that White House officials forced their budget experts to approve the loan despite their doubts about the firm's fiscal soundness. Stearns sees a similar pattern in Cape Wind.
The symposium is co-sponsored by the Berkshire Regional Planning Com mission as a very important step in understanding residents' perceptions and understanding of wind energy project siting in the region. It is funded through a National Science Foundation grant to Dr. Roopali Phadke of Macalester College.
In a similar letter sent last month to Michael Huerta, acting administrator for the FAA, Ms. Parker said the FAA, in issuing in 2010 a "determination of no hazard" for the proposed wind farm, "ignored the warnings of the local aviation community, including airplane pilots, regional airports, and airline owners that the proposed Cape Wind project would pose unacceptable risks to the safety of local pilots and passengers."