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Catlin bans wind farm  

Credit:  Asha McKenzie | WENY | November 17, 2014 | www.weny.com ~~

After two heated public hearings and 267 signatures, wind turbines will not be coming to the Town of Catlin. Florida-Based NextEra Energy Resources had its sights set on the small community but may have to start looking elsewhere.

According to our media partner the Star Gazette, Catlin Town supervisor, Laverne Phelps says he believes if the town opened its doors to the energy company, any restrictions the town would try and set could be overruled.

The Catlin Windbreakers say they were surprised when the town council not only denied the placement of the wind farms but are also working on installing a local law to ban them indefinitely.

“I was surprised and that collectively our group had a chance to at least raise a lot of awareness within the community. So I was encouraged that our efforts weren’t in vain,” said Joseph Calderone, Catlin Windbreakers.

“We’ve been going to all the meetings and expressing our challenges to the whole thought of having the wind farms,” said Patricia Collins, Catlin Windbreakers.

This may not be the end of the wind farm battle for Catlin, NextEra Energy Resources could possibly go to the State, under Article 10, asking it to override the local law and move forward with the project.

Source:  Asha McKenzie | WENY | November 17, 2014 | www.weny.com

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