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During Thursday's hearing, the residents' lawyer, Ann M. Ponichtera DeNardis, defended her clients' case and their right to bring the lawsuit. She said the lease had undergone dramatic changes, officials did not act transparently, and there is clear evidence of harm, including loss of property values.
"While there was some support [for the turbine], there wasn't enough, and the opposition to it was clearly building around the neighborhood,'' he said. "With these types of projects, you need to have a level of community support that everyone is comfortable with, and clearly that just wasn't there.''
VanMatre said the district hopes to get the turbine issue before the City Council, which has not debated the plan. Only the Board of Adjustment and Planning and Zoning Commission have voted on it. "We feel if we can get it before the City Council ... in March then we can make a good case for them to revisit the issue.
Locking in prices is supposedly desirable because it will protect NStar customers from price volatility. Yet we are in the midst of a natural gas boom that promises to revolutionize America's energy picture. Natural gas prices have plummeted from near $5 per MMbtu last summer to around $2.60 per MMbtu. According to the EIA, the energy equivalent of $3 natural gas is $18 oil. If our current prices are high, why would we want to lock them in?
The 262-foot tall wind turbine has a total tip height of 403 feet when the blade is pointing upward. The nearest distance to Route 3 is 475 feet. The nearest distance to Cranberry Road is 400 feet. The nearest residence is 650 feet away, across from Route 3.
The Select Board, accepting the recommendation of the town-appointed Wind Energy Research Panel, has rejected unanimously any further consideration of a municipal wind-turbine installation on the Lenox Mountain ridge line.
To the relief of some neighbors, a shellfish hatchery is dropping plans to install a wind turbine near Chapin Memorial Beach. ..."Wind turbines shouldn't be put in neighborhoods," Austin said. "None of us bear any ill will toward ARC. Industrial turbines should go in industrial areas."
Neighbors said the turbine would cause noise and flicker problems and pose threats to birds and people. Some applauded the school system for trying to be environmentally responsible, but warned that the proposed site overlooking school ball fields would be dangerous and irresponsible.
Global wind farm developer Windlab's general manager, Nathan Steggel, said the government's planning laws had gone too far and the company was moving staff to its Canberra head office. The new area under consideration “now includes more than 164,000 acres of federal water southwest of Nomans Land between Martha's Vineyard and Block Island.” While many state officials from Rhode Island and Massachusetts praised the revised plan, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is questioning whether the area still comes too close to what the tribe has considered sacred views for centuries.
Neighbors ...say [the turbine] would be a debacle in their neighborhood. Residents have been particularly distressed about the plan since the Planning Board voted, 3-1, last month to recommend the ZBA approve the required special permits for the project.
"Clearly, the evidence is starting to show the negative impacts of installing commercial wind turbines too close to residences ...Many cities and towns across the country are now involved in expensive litigation and are being forced to shut down these facilities.
In the latest example of how alternative-energy projects are meeting with resistance, Bog Wind failed to win the support of the Wareham Zoning Board of Appeals. After seven public hearings over 16 months, the board unanimously denied a special permit for the two turbines requested by Beaufort Windpower on bogs off Charge Pond Road. Beaufort has until early next month to appeal the decision, filed Feb. 15.
The complainants allege that police officers prevented some people from entering a meeting because the room was full but say they have video showing empty seats. "I feel we have answered all of the accusations. The police chief interviewed the four officers and they all said it never happened," Silvia said.
ter two years and thousands of pages of public testimony, the Cape Cod Commission voted Thursday to deny without prejudice a four-turbine wind project proposed for Bournedale. ...The county regulatory board spent three hours Thursday discussing the project in front of a packed house.
In total, about 70 residents from at least a dozen towns, including groups from Fairhaven and Falmouth, attended the meeting to share their experiences and thoughts with state Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Public Health representatives. At the state's request, many also made recommendations for next steps.
The majority of the Wind Energy Research Panel is recommending the proposal be scuttled because it won't be a financial benefit to Lenox, but would raise health concerns and yield a negative environmental impact. The panel was assigned to evaluate a single or double municipal wind-turbine installation atop Lenox Mountain.
About 100 people, most of them from the Squantum neighborhood, turned out for the hearing Feb. 8 on the 397-foot structure proposed for the harbor island. The island officially lies in Quincy but Boston owns its land. The hearing was suspended about an hour into the session when City Councilor Brian McNamee said the City Hall meeting room was uncomfortably crowded.
But the utility - facing an early-April deadline to consummate the merger deal that was announced back in October 2010 - finally blinked and agreed to concessions that were signed this morning with the Patrick administration and Attorney General Martha Coakley's office.
The departments will take public testimony into the perceived health impacts of turbines as considered in the state study, but it is anticipated that local opponents of the planned New Generation Wind turbines north of the canal in Bournedale and Buzzards Bay will attend the session.
Pieces of Fairhaven's two planned wind turbines began arriving in town today, the first in a series of pre-dawn deliveries that will continue over the next few weeks.