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Windmill ordinance up for vote

NOXEN – Supervisors agreed last Tuesday (Sept. 4) to vote at their Oct. 2 meeting on a “wind energy facility ordinance.”

The ordinance, which is available for public review, includes provisions from a pervious 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 30-90 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 can not 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 which ever is greater, from the nearest occupied building.

In other business Tuesday, Supervisor Thomas Nalbone, Jr. said that the township is going to build a footbridge that would be placed across Beaver Run, near a steel bridge on Butry Road that is expected to be repaired.

Nalbone was not able to say when the footbridge will be built or when the steel bridge will be replaced.

By Josh Mrozinski
Wyoming County Press Examiner

New Age-Examiner

12 September 2007