PAINT BOROUGH – Borough council members are going on record to oppose the proposed wind turbine project along Shaffer Mountain.
Council member Walter Drzal said he was approached by the Ogle Township supervisors and others to officially oppose the project.
“These people know we went on record opposing the landfill in Paint Township, so I feel that we should go on record opposing the construction of windmills in the watershed and recharge area,” he said.
He said that the windmills themselves do not pose a threat to the watershed, but the land clearance and construction of access roads disrupts the natural flow of water into the recharge area.
“Nature is all intertwined. When you disrupt the water flow, you disrupt the habitats of plants and animals,” he said.
Gamesa Energy, USA is the company responsible for the wind turbine project. The majority of the planned windmills would be located on land owned by Berwind Natural Resources Corp., of Philadelphia.
Council members passed a motion to send a letter in opposition of any development in the watershed and recharge area to the Somerset Conservation District, Pa. Fish Commission, Department of Environmental Protection and the Berwind Natural Resources Corp.
By Sarah L Reiber
Daily American Correspondent
Friday, February 9, 2007