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Wind farm critics speak  

Credit:  By Kate Day Sager, Olean Times Herald, www.oleantimesherald.com 17 May 2011 ~~

ALLEGANY – The majority of residents who attended a public hearing on the proposed wind farm in the town of Allegany spoke out against the project during Monday’s public hearing on the matter.

The two-hour session, held at the Allegany Senior Center on Birch Run Road, was conducted as a joint public hearing by the town of Allegany and the Allegany Planning Board. Area residents were invited to comment on the special-use permit for the project and site plan, as well as the overall wind turbine project and proposed overlay district.

What both boards heard from many of the residents at the meeting were pleas to drop all considerations for the construction of a 29-turbine commercial wind farm in the Chipmonk and Knapp Creek area. The project, if approved, will be conducted by EverPower Wind Holdings Inc., of New York City.

Of the 43 or 44 people who spoke, approximately five spoke in favor of the project. At one point, most in the room stood up when asked by a speaker for a show of support from those who opposed the project.

Many who spoke were clearly upset with the town and planning board members. This is likely due to the planning board’s recent issuance, or approval, of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the project.

Melanie Napoleon told the board the community will lose something precious if the wind farm is allowed in.

Source:  By Kate Day Sager, Olean Times Herald, www.oleantimesherald.com 17 May 2011

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