A Noxen resident challenged members of the Wyoming County Planning Commission last week to address what he called a “potentially catastrophic” situation with a possibility of wind turbines being built in the southern part of Wyoming County.
“It feels like no one is watching out for the big picture of the county,” Doug Ayers said. “I would hope there is some leadership in the room to write editorials or do whatever you can.”
He also asked the commission how it can address the wind turbines.
In August, BP Alternative Energy told Noxen residents that the company had interest in possibly building a 30-90 wind turbine facility in parts of Eaton, Noxen and Forkston townships.
Last week, Ayers said Noxen residents continue to have concerns about the project.
“They are talking about stripping down the mountains and putting an industrial site up there with 100 windmills,” Ayers said, noting that the project would open the door to development and an increase in runoff.
Ayers added that people are looking for leadership on the issue from county officials.
Commission member Richard Fitzsimmons said the board have to make the issue a priority.
“The commissioners’ consciousnesses have to be raised,” Fitzsimmons said.
Other commission members noted municipalities have had an opportunity to adopt zoning and that residents have the right to speak up about the issue.
“You have to get your local supervisors out to the meetings,” commission member Walt Derhammer said.
23 March 2008
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