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Expert says offshore drilling in Virginia is inevitable

At one point, Mike Town , state director of the Sierra Club , challenged the acting assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Johnnie Burton, to conduct a full investigation of possible offshore wind energy. “We already are,” Burton told Town. “We also can say with certainty that one platform in the Gulf of Mexico would equal the energy from wind turbines placed shoulder to shoulder on the coast of New Hampshire,” she said. Town did not disagree, only that wind energy should be considered “part of the solution.”
6 Jun 2006

Proud to be a Highland resident

The eloquence, knowledge, logic and concern exhibited by the 60 citizens who testified against the industrial wind turbine project at the State Corporation Commission hearings last week was a real testimony to intelligence of Highland County’s citizenry.
23 Mar 2006

Environmentalists miss the mark

If these groups did their homework, their members would more likely be opposed to installing wind towers in places like Highland. They would conclude wind can be sited in places that are not naturally and environmentally relatively unspoiled and opt for places where the industry is a better fit. They would see there is nothing green about energy that erodes what little greenery we have left on the East Coast. We think most of those letter writers would have a different view of this project if they were to spend a little time here.
23 Mar 2006

Federal agencies, Conservancy concerned about wind plant impacts to wildlife

RICHMOND — Formal respondents in Highland New Wind Development’s case pending before the State Corporation Commission are adding to a long list of concerns expressed already by a variety of state agencies. Among those who have weighed in recently are the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which expresses serious doubts about environmental reviews conducted thus far.
23 Mar 2006

Hearings on wind turbines a contrast to maple festival

MONTEREY The State Corporation Commission held hearings last week on a proposal to build wind turbines in Highland County. The gathering of dark-suited officials and lawyers was a bit unusual in remote, bucolic Monterey, but something reminded everyone there is much more to Highland County than the wind-farm debate.
19 Mar 2006

Highlanders present convincing case

The fight to preserve our visual and cultural heritage has entered a new phase now. The outcome is in the hands of people who don’t know much about who we are or what’s really at stake here. We are on a political, legislative and regulatory track that is complex and has a mind of its own.
16 Mar 2006
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