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Public meeting on proposed wind farm  

Another wind farm could be popping up in our area. An energy company is considering putting up windmills in Wyoming County.

A meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night about it and a lot of people have a lot of questions.

BP Alternative Energy is considering putting a wind farm in the Noxen area. That means the ridge tops there could look like the ridge tops just outside of Wilkes-Barre.

At the meeting Tuesday night people in the Noxen area will learn more about what could happen there.

The mountainous area around Noxen could change if BP Alternative Energy decides to harness the winds that whip over the ridges.

Bud Weaver is part of many in that part of Wyoming County debating whether windmills should come there.

“No what the heck, we’ve got lots of mountains, a nice place to put it up here,” he said.

“Windmills are the future otherwise we’re going to drain our earth,” said Cathie Pauley of Noxen but she doesn’t know if she wants a wind farm there.

The township supervisors have seen wind farms like the one that started spinning in Bear Creek last year. That’s why they’re considering an ordinance limiting how close the windmills can be to homes and more.

But there are still many questions.

“How are they getting the powers from here to where they’re shipping it? We’re not getting it. Are they putting it in boxes and shipping it UPS or are they building towers going down our mountains?” Pauley asked.

“I’d like to hear what they have to say, how many they’re putting up. Where they’re going to be because I have some property down the road,” said Dan Fist of Noxen.

That’s why the township is holding the meeting at 6 p.m. at the school in Noxen. Township supervisors will be there, as well as a representative from BP Energy to address concerns.

“Educate me. Prove to me this is going to be a good idea, you’ve got me. Prove to me that you’re going to damage our environment, our view the only thing you have and intrude on people’s property, you’ve got an enemy,” Pauley added with a laugh.

It’s still a long way off before Wyoming County could see a wind farm like the one in bear creek.

BP Alternative Energy is very clear to point out that the Noxen area is just one of many spots nation wide being considered. This is all in the preliminary stages.

The township supervisors are considering this ordinance just in case.

By Jon Meyer

Newswatch 16

wnep.com

22 may 2007

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