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Construction begins for turbine; local residents call for halt

Despite the construction, residents from the neighborhood and surrounding communities are calling for the construction to halt, as well as for more study about the effects on wildlife, human health and property values. As of Sept. 20, Union Beach residents Bart and Susan Sutton over a two-week period had collected 300 signatures of people opposed to the erection of the turbine.
29 Sep 2010

Sea Girt vows to fight wind turbine

Hundreds of Sea Girt residents, many sporting red "No wind turbine" T-shirts, attended the meeting to voice their concerns about the National Guard Training Center's [NGTC] proposed wind turbine. ...In response to the recent outpouring of opposition, the borough council unanimously voted to adopt a resolution "strongly opposing" the proposed erection of a large-scale wind turbine at the NGTC.
16 Sep 2010

Christie's got a Dutch treat for utility customers

Bill Heller told me the windmill in question would be 75 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. I could see the statue looming on the other side of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. And if you can see the statue from Union Beach, that means this windmill would be visible from most of the New York Bay. ...It's a symbol the residents don't want, said Borough Councilman Lou Andreuzzi.
22 Aug 2010

Meeting disrupted over turbine issue; BRSA suspends public comment after heated exchanges

Members of the Union Beach Police Department were called to calm a raucous meeting of the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority (BRSA) on July 19 after a discussion about the authority's proposed 380-foot-tall wind turbine turned aggressive. Two Union Beach residents who live in close proximity to the 24-acre wastewater management facility expressed opposition to the turbine's construction and vocalized their anger.
28 Jul 2010

Freeholders oppose wind turbine plan

Burry said the board is not opposed to wind power, but rather questioned the appropriateness of locating the "extremely invasive structure" near residential neighborhoods. John Curran, president of the Hazlet Area Quality of Life Alliance, thanked the freeholders for their support on the issue.
8 Jul 2010

Turbine granted final approval despite opposition

Construction of a 1.5-megawatt industrial wind turbine in Union Beach will be erected by January 2011, pending two new bird and bat impact studies, officials from the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority (BRSA) said last week. ...More than 40 residents of Union Beach and Hazlet urged BRSA commissioners to reevaluate the public health risks for its proposed 1.5-megawatt project at the meeting.
30 Jun 2010

Offshore wind turbines would have minimal environmental impact on coast, N.J. officials say

A report detailing the findings is due to be released in July, but Department of Environmental Protection officials said that preliminary findings show there would be "negligible impacts to bird, fish and marine mammal life." The $7 million, two-year study looked at marine life over 75 miles from Barnegat Bay to Cape May and delved into how it may be affected by turbines.
19 Jun 2010

Turbine plan hits head wind

New Jersey's plans for large offshore wind farms may be delayed into the next decade as new federal permitting rules will require seven to nine years to scrutinize the environmental impact and engineering feasibility ...The criteria developed by the federal Minerals Management Service earlier this year could jeopardize a project to build hundreds of turbines 20 miles off the coast of Atlantic City.
29 Apr 2010

Judge to decide fate of Wayne wind turbine

Robert Burke, the owner of Wayne Auto Spa on Paterson-Hamburg Turnpike, asked Superior Court Judge Donald Volkert Jr. to overturn the Wayne Planning Board's September 2008 unanimously vote rejecting his application. Through his attorneys, Burke asked the judge to set aside that decision and order the township to issue construction permits within 30 days for the electricity-generating turbine.
26 Mar 2010

Ocean Gate turbine creates storm

Ditzel is one of a small group of residents who have been unhappy with Ocean Gate's new wind turbine. ...It was built in November across the street from Ditzel's home. She said she has been tormented by the near-constant sound of the turbine's "scraping and swooshing" and a flickering, strobe-light effect from the sun reflecting off its rotating blades.
2 Mar 2010

Steel Pier wants to add windmills for power, tourist draw

The spectacle of diving horses and high-wire acts are an iconic part of the Steel Pier's past, but the pier's president is looking toward the future - green energy, carbon neutral initiatives - to provide new excitement for visitors. A proposal to build at least five wind turbines on the resort's famed amusement pier is another step closer to happening, after the state Senate voted Monday to allow wind-dependent energy facilities on Atlantic City piers.
27 Feb 2010

Bayshore groups warn of wind turbine effects; Environmental groups plan forums to educate public

Despite conditional approval granted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a 1.5- megawatt industrial wind turbine, the Hazlet Area Quality of Life Alliance (HAQLA) and the Hazlet Environmental Commission (HEC) will host informational forums about wind energy and public health effects the turbines may pose to residents of the region.
24 Feb 2010

Contract awarded for wind turbine project; Windmill slated to be operational by January 2011

Construction of a 1.5-megawatt industrial wind turbine along the coastline in Union Beach will be completed by the end of 2010, according to officials from the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority (BRSA). "We have conditional approval from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection [NJDEP]," said Robert Fischer, executive director of BRSA.
17 Feb 2010

Don't build wind turbine

I am adamantly opposed to the construction of a wind turbine here in Union Beach. It will be an eyesore that will degrade the beauty and quality of life in town and negatively affect property values. ("Union Beach residents oppose $7.7M wind turbine," Dec. 8.)
14 Dec 2009

Tower in Downe: What does it mean?

Residents here are finally noticing the tall tower rising from the marsh near the bayshore, and questions abound. At Monday's township committee meeting, many wanted to know why construction of the device used to measure wind velocity and the feasibility of a wind farm in the area never came before the planning board. ...Riland said there will be a lot of environmental and wildlife issues. "It could be 10 years in the future. There will be a whole lot of obstacles," he said.
10 Dec 2009

Union Beach residents oppose $7.7M wind turbine

Residents of this Bayshore town say they're not ready to give up their fight. They are trying to stop the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority's proposed electricity-producing wind turbine. More than 80 Union Beach residents attended the Borough Council's Dec. 3 meeting. ...90 percent strongly opposed construction of the estimated 360-foot-high wind turbine.
8 Dec 2009
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