The State Public Service Commission spent the day taking tours of 12 different sites that could be impacted by a proposed wind farm along Laurel Mountain in Randolph and Barbour Counties.
One of the first sites of the day was the Randolph County courthouse. But because of its location and the placement of some of the buildings around it, seeing the wind turbines from the courthouse should not be an issue.
The next site was the Montrose Post office. On a clear day the post office has a perfect view of Laurel Mountain and where the wind farm would be located.
From Montrose, the next site was Laurel Mountain. The dirt road looks treacherous, but its also located right in the middle of where the turbines would intersect an existing power transmission line.
The sixth stop on the tour was to a 178 acre site that could become the home to several of the turbines.
The Laurel Mountain Preservation society was also part of the tour, the group is opposed to the turbines because of the impact it could have on birds and other wildlife.
The PSC will take all the information from the site visits and from public hearings into consideration before it makes a final decision on the proposal.
Story by J. Turchetta
West Virginia Media
8 May 2008
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