Supervisors agreed Tuesday to vote at the Oct. 2 on a “wind energy facility ordinance.”
The ordinance, which is available for public review, includes provisions from a previous document developed by the township, as well as suggestions from a company that is considering building a wind turbine facility in southern Wyoming County.
BP Alternative Energy has said that it intends to build a facility that could have 30 to 90 wind turbines in Forkston, Noxen and Eaton townships if the company determines the area has enough wind resources.
On Tuesday, solicitor R. James Kamage said that the township’s proposed ordinance would give the township the ability to have input on the company’s project. He added that the township cannot stop BP Alternative Energy, which is looking at leasing land from Deer Park Lumber, from building a wind turbine facility.
However, an ordinance would help the community better understand what the company is doing.
For instance, one provision in the ordinance requires that the company provide an environmental impact statement to the township.
The ordinance also requires wind turbines be set back at least 500 feet or 1.1 times the height of the turbine, or whichever is greater, from the nearest occupied building.
In other business Tuesday, Supervisor Thomas Nalbone said that the township is going to build a foot bridge that would be placed across Beaver Run, near a steel bridge on Butry Road that is expected to be repaired.
Mr. Nalbone was not able to say when the footbridge will be built or when the steel bridge will be replaced.
By Josh Mrozinski
5 September 2007
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