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Hegins Township’s solicitor sparred verbally Wednesday night with the project manager of the proposed wind farm in Hegins and three other townships. During a hearing that lasted more than three hours at the Hegins Township Ambulance Association, solicitor Donald G. Karpowich, Drums, challenged senior project manager David F. Allen on numerous issues related to the proposed $300 million project.
“If there are not limits placed on utility-scale solar projects, it will consume all of the remaining really great land in New Jersey,” said Susan Payne, executive director of New Jersey’s State Agriculture Development Committee. “I mean, it’s existential at that point.” ...On farms that have already been preserved, states must determine whether landowners can add solar arrays. And on farms that aren’t protected, preservationists could find themselves racing to get there before solar developers do.
The long-delayed hearings for Broad Mountain Power’s windmill farm proposal before Packer Township’s zoning hearing board resumed Aug. 31.
Lt. Col. Lane Marshall, base commander of Fort Indiantown Gap, said that if they are built, the wind turbines would have a “serious negative impact on the training, readiness and domestic support missions of the base.” Marshall explained that Fort Indiantown Gap was the second largest Army heliport in the U.S., behind only Fort Rucker in Alabama where helicopter pilots are trained. Over 7,000 flights per year originate from the base. The mountaintop where the wind turbines are to be built are in what is now the northeast sector of the Fort’s helicopter training area.
On Sept. 4, the Schuylkill County Commissioners adopted a resolution declaring portions of the county zoning ordinance to be “substantively invalid.” When the ordinance was last revised in 2010, business ventures such as natural gas compression stations, growing and dispensing facilities for medical marijuana and wind turbines didn’t exist locally. ...During a workshop meeting Wednesday, the Schuylkill County commissioners met that first 30-day requirement by adopting a resolution called “Specific Findings Curative Amendment, presented by Glenn Roth, county solicitor’s office.
FISHERTOWN — A Massachusetts-based energy company is studying the potential for wind turbines on the ridges in East St. Clair, Bedford and South Woodbury townships.
"From the time I was three years old I lived here," Hinkle said. "We have a nice peaceful valley, we don't want some kind of chaos, first of all the construction of it, and the look of it, to destroy the scenery." County Commissioner Tom Gerhard has his concerns too. "I am 110% opposed to the project," Gerhard said.
According to the decision filed Jan. 30, the board found that overall, Atlantic Wind failed to produce sufficient evidence and did not show that the project would comply with the Penn Forest Zoning Ordinance. The application sought to construct 28 nearly 600-foot-tall industrial wind turbines in the township.
This is the second Atlantic Wind application for a wind turbine project to be denied by the township zoning board. "We have a nice Christmas now, it was a great Christmas present," added Ingrassia. The hope according to some is that Atlantic Wind decides to build somewhere else.
Residents of Penn Forest Township packed the municipal building to hear the long-awaited decision from the township zoning hearing board. The application was staunchly opposed by residents who believed the turbines would pose environmental and quality-of-life concerns.
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Penn Forest Township Zoning Hearing Board will announce its decision on an application for 28 wind turbines on Dec. 17, after months of zoning hearings for a special exception application submitted by Atlantic Wind LLC.
The Penn Forest Zoning hearing board continued to hear from professional civil engineer Philip C. Malitsch on Monday night, only this time it was while Malitsch was being cross-examined by Atlantic Wind attorney Edward Greene.
Greene suggested that Malitsch’s testimony as an expert could be biased due to his status as a township resident. ...Malitsch said that Greene’s characterization wasn’t accurate.
The attorney for residents opposed to wind turbines in Penn Forest Township has asked that previous testimony be considered for hearings on a new proposal.
Opposing parties in the debate over proposed wind turbines in Penn Forest Township largely focused on the semantics of zoning terms in the township’s fourth zoning hearing on the matter Tuesday night, with the targeted land’s current principal use coming into question.
After rejecting 19 of 19 proposals for wind turbines since 2005, the Pennsylvania Game Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a moratorium on wind energy developments on its 1.5 million acres of state game lands.
It’s Round 2 for the Penn Forest zoning board and Atlantic Wind.
A controversial wind energy project proposed for the land surrounding Bethlehem’s water supply would be scaled back under a zoning application filed this month in a Carbon County community.