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"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."
Those emails take you inside Gov. Deval Patrick's spin machine and illustrate the administration's desperate scramble to make Cape Wind the nation's first offshore wind farm. The missives ...emerge as the Patrick administration and Obama officials come under fire for putting their eco-agenda first over public safety concerns.
Ms. Isherwood suggested shutting the turbines down from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. She said a representative from the DEP has been to her house and will be returning to conduct tests. Ms. Isherwood said the DEP representative agreed the noise is "louder in her house than outside."
"It appears that an investigation is warranted in the case of Cape Wind to determine if the FAA acted inappropriately due to political pressure from the administration. Such an investigation would be conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and/or the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure."
Isherwood said she held the selectmen responsible for the sleep deprivation and headaches she said she and her two daughters have been suffering because "as far back as 2008 there were people in this town telling you the turbines could be a detriment to our health and they were scoffed and the plan moved forward.
Falmouth would ban wind turbines that produce more than 200 kilowatts of electricity - less than a quarter of what the two town-owned turbines each produce now - under a proposed bylaw up for public discussion at the planning board tonight.
In a letter to acting Federal Aviation Administration head Michael Huerta, Parker said bombshell internal emails the group obtained through a public-records request "make clear that FAA has made decisions based on political factors rather than the recommendations of the pilots, who use this airspace every day."
We live in a world where agency approval is deemed the gold standard. ...If the agency is rushing to the business interests of its lobbying friends, and avoiding its mission of providing the safest product to the public, then what value, if any, does the approval of the agency mean to consumer safety?
Windwise fears that the two bills, in combination, would allow the state to easily put turbines on state land without the approval of neighboring local governments. ...Straus said if it came to a vote of the wind siting standards bill, he would vote against it, saying "for me the local participation in decision making is critical, and this bill wouldn't allow for that."
Federal Aviation Administration employees felt political pressure to approve a wind farm planned off Cape Cod and did so amid internal disagreement over the best way to stop the turbines from interfering with radar and compromising airplane safety, according to FAA documents obtained by the project's opponents.
The Reillys say they can hear the sound or vibrations from the turbines in town even in a basement room, where they thought they would be insulated from the noise. They would like the turbine to be shut down at night. While the Reillys aren't experiencing other symptoms, they've been warned that other symptoms can develop over time.
Taxpayers will have to come up with nearly $650,000 annually to pay for wind turbine-related expenses if the spinning blades of the town-owned Wind 1 and Wind 2 are brought to a screeching halt. That was the determination Tuesday of a panel trying to lift Falmouth from its wind turbine quagmire.
Director of Planning and Economic Development Bill Roth said the board is in the "research stage of the process," and is considering a reduction in the allowed height of wind turbines as well as an increase in the minimum distance turbines can be from residents.
Ms. Fowle said the complaints are coming from a wide range or "bigger circle" within a radius of the turbines. She said they basically form a circle that includes Day Street, Jameson, Teal Circle, John Street, Timothy Street, Mill Road, Weeden Road and Shawmut Street. She said there were a few separate complaints from Mill Road.
Fairhaven Wind developer Sumul Shah, under orders from the health board to address concerns of turbine opponents, is weighing options that include cutting operating hours and paying to insulate and air-condition nearby homes. "Everything is on the table," said Shah. "We want to make this situation work."
The bylaw change limits wind projects greater than 10 kilowatts to general industrial and limited industrial zones, according to Planning Director Donald Perry. He said the change doesn't allow for an exception through a variance.