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The industrial wind turbine planned for the northeast corner of the BRSA property, just 1080 feet from a residential neighborhood, has caused outcry residents and environmentalists fearing negative health effects and loss of property value.
Eleven offshore wind companies want to stake a claim - and construct clusters of huge turbines - in federal waters off the coast of New Jersey, according to a document released by federal officials yesterday.
Discussions between the BRSA and the Union Beach Borough Council began in December 2008. BRSA contends that they have held proper and sufficient public hearings on the proposed project while the borough council has charged the hearings lacked adequate transparency.
On Monday, the borough was granted a stay pending appeal by Judge Mary Catherine Cuff of the state Superior Court's Appellate Division.
While allowing the processing of $3 million in rebates to some 26 projects, the consultant recommended tightening the requirements for turbine vendors and installers operating in New Jersey. Among the recommended changes are requiring both to post some kind of bond on a project-by-project basis and requiring liability insurance to cover damage to turbines and other equipment.
Members of the council said the siting of the turbine is poorly planned with the turbine being built near a residential area, and there should have been greater public participation in the process. "I think there needs to be a plan in place and there needs to be public comment on those plans," said Reynolds.
The notice of violation reflects how the BRSA has given little thought to the concerns of its neighbors and of environmentalists as it has pursued the project, Lieberman said. "We're very, very proud of the DEP," Lieberman said. "BRSA is just trying to bully its way through this."
Union Beach, Keyport and Hazlet have stated their opposition to the construction of a wind turbine project by the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority, in Union Beach. Now, Holmdel Township may weigh in.
The Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority (BRSA) in Union Beach has filed a complaint against the borough's Planning Board for unanimously voting down an application to realign the BRSA's property line to provide more room for the arc of the turbine's 118-foot-long blades.
The BRSA lawsuit demands that the Planning Board's action requiring the BRSA to file for a "D" variance and denying subdivision and consolidation of the adjoining property are set aside and be granted an approval of the proposed subdivision and consolidation. The suit also demands that the planning board be restrained from any further action to delay or interfere with the construction and operation of the project.
A stay signed by State Appellate Court Judge Joseph Yannotti prevents carwash owner Robert Burke from installing the 49-foot structure at his Hamburg Turnpike business pending the outcome of an appeal filed by the township of a prior court approval of Burke's wind turbine application. The township received notice on Monday that the stay was granted.
Anthony Catanoso, who runs the Boardwalk landmark with his three brothers and fellow investors in Atlantic Pier Amusements, hopes to erect the first of three 12-story-high wind turbines by summer. A bill that would overturn a long-standing prohibition on constructing energy-generating stations within 500 feet of the tidal water line was sent to Gov. Christie for his signature last month.
Harnessing the power of wind might be better for the environment than burning fossil fuels but residents and officials in Union Beach and Sea Girt are questioning the necessity of placing Industrial Wind Turbines (IWT) in populated areas.
Of those members in attendance, two supported the district's purchase and installation of the wind turbine outright, one saw the performance project as worthy without the wind turbine, and two were opposed.
The Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority's project to erect an energy-producing wind turbine, already a three-year effort, has suffered another setback. By an 8-0 vote, the Planning Board rejected the authority's application to redraw its property lines to include a roughly half-acre tract purchased from Jersey Central Power & Light Co., land the agency acquired for the wind turbine.
TRENTON - New Jersey is leading other East Coast states with its plans for offshore wind energy, but the federal government still needs to expedite its permitting process for those projects to move forward, said members of a new national pro-wind power coalition.
The Planning Board will hold a second meeting on Dec. 8 to consider the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority's application to purchase a tract of land adjacent to its facility so the three rotating blades of its $7.7 million wind turbine rotate over BRSA property, officials said.
Is the wind turbine fight about to get a second breath? Residents of this Bayshore town get another opportunity tonight to voice their opposition to the 380-foot energy producing wind turbine being built by the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority.
The council would not have wasted $250,000 of taxpayers' money to save $1,629. The only reason the council approved the project was because of the claim of an 80 percent savings presented by Kennedy and Fry. Was their data false on purpose, to justify the windmill, or false by accident?
In March, Brennan filed a complaint asking The Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards to consider questions about Rumana's role as an elected official and WEC chairman. Brennan complained there was a "series of conflicts" in Rumana's multiple roles.