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Company seeks shift in wind-turbine project  

Developers of a proposed windmill farm are asking local officials to approve a reassignment of their development rights approved last year.

Cresson Township supervisors say they want more information about what is planned before taking another step.

Supervisor Scott Decoskey said the board wants to know the proposed locations and how many turbines will be built in the township by Gamesa Corp., the Spain-based company developing the North Allegheny Wind Farm.

Since the approval of a siting ordinance, the township has heard little from the company in months, Decoskey said.

“We would just like an idea of what they’re going to do,” he said.

Last word from Gamesa was that perhaps six windmills would be built in the township as part of a 40-windmill project starting at Route 164 in the Blue Knob area of Portage Township and stretching north along the Cambria-Blair border.

Township engineer Rich Wray said the supervisors’ request for more information is standard for any development.

“We need to see drawings. We need to see site alignments of the access roads,” he said.

In the letter seeking reassignment, Gamesa representative Terry Nichol said work on turbines is planned next year.

“We are on target to begin construction in the spring of 2007 and we will keep you informed as we progress,” he wrote.

Township Solicitor Gerald Neugebauer has questions on what Gamesa is asking.

“It sounds like it’s from a parent company to a subsidiary, letting the parent company out of the obligations under the agreement. It’s called a delegation,” he said. “I need to look at the original agreement between the township and Gamesa.”

By Kathy Mellot
The Tribune-Democrat

tribune-democrat.com

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