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Location critical for turbines  

Roger Irons is missing the point in his March 20 letter, “Some people welcome alternative energy.”

Joseph Cominsky and the vast majority of Shaffer Mountain residents are for sensible siting of wind turbines.

We oppose turbines on Shaffer Mountain, which would destroy its forests, streams, wildlife and wetlands, not to mention drinking water for thousands.

The effect on drinking water was a recent concern of the state Department of Environmental Protection regarding Gamesa Inc.’s application to place turbines there.

We favor placing turbines at abandoned strip mines and deserted industrial brownfields, where they will harm no one.

Does Irons really want to leave a legacy of decapitated golden eagles and extinct Indiana bats? Golden eagles migrate over his property.

Gamesa thought it would slide into production on Shaffer Mountain with mighty Berwind Natural Resources Corp. becoming a “host,” like Irons. Hosts are paid thousands of dollars per year per turbine. I know because my family was visited by Gamesa.

We and other sensitive (not rich) landowners decided to leave a different legacy, one of environmental responsibility.

There are some things money can’t buy.

Irons stated that DEP’s request for more information from Gamesa is proof that intense work goes into siting turbines.

DEP also is seeking to know what Gamesa could not tell them via application – the correct number of turbines being proposed. The application states 30 or 33. Does that sound like intense work?

Shouldn’t Gamesa know the exact number of turbines it wants to erect?

Karin Sedewar

Cairnbrook

The Tribune-Democrat

27 March 2008

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