[ exact phrase in "" • ~10 sec • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]

LOCATION/TYPE

News Home
Archive
RSS

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links

Alerts

Press Releases

FAQs

Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics

Videos

Allied Groups

Wind power: it's all about siting  

The natural heritage of rural Pennsylvania is threatened by unregulated wind development because, unlike other states, Pennsylvania has no state laws or regulations on wind farm siting.

In Pennsylvania, a wind developer need only obtain a pollution, erosion and sedimentation permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection to begin construction.

Although DEP tries to protect water quality, there are no state laws to protect fish, wildlife, birds, bats or the few remaining unfragmented tracts of forest habitat from industrial wind overdevelopment.

As a result, wind developers are free to build their industrial plants anywhere the wind blows, including our remaining, and highest quality, wild places.

Scientific groups such as the National Academy of Sciences and the Pennsylvania Biological Survey have recognized the environmental and wildlife destruction potential of such development on wild forested ridge tops. Both groups have called for extensive independent environmental studies before construction of wind plants in these areas.

Pennsylvania has millions of acres of reclaimed strip mines, brown fields, fragmented and degraded forests and farm fields that are suitable for wind development. It makes no sense to allow our last, highest quality wild places to be destroyed by the many miles of industrial roads that go with wind development. Legislation is needed to “guide” wind developers to previously disturbed areas.

Siting legislation is to be introduced shortly. I think everyone agrees that wind power will be a part of our future. We must ensure that we do not solve one environmental problem by creating another.

Degrading our highest quality waters, fragmenting our last remaining intact forest habitats and killing rare and endangered wildlife is not justified by the relatively small amount of power that will be generated. The costs outweigh the benefits.

Jack Buchan

Johnstown

Endeavor News

1 March 2008

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate

Share:


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share

CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.
Share

Wind Watch on Facebook

Follow Wind Watch on Twitter