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Wind turbine decision pending

A month has passed since the end of the comment period on development of a policy for wind turbines on state land, and according to Maryland Department of Natural Resources, no decision has yet been made.

A spokeswoman for DNR said the agency hopes to have an event mid-April once a decision has been made on the department’s stance on turbines located on state land.

DNR held public comment hearings at Garrett College in McHenry on Jan. 30 and in Annapolis the following day. Public comment on the topic was held open until March 3.

This decision, according to the DNR, will not give any particular company the right to build wind turbines on state land. It will allow for the department to have an official opinion on the issue, which it did not have when U.S. Windforce proposed the use of state land for wind power.

If the decision is made to allow wind turbines on state property, companies will have to go through a standard bidding process for the use of the land, DNR has said.

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

3 April 2008