[ exact phrase in "" ]

[ Google-powered ]

LOCATION/TYPE

News Home
Archive
RSS

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links

Alerts

Press Releases

FAQs

Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics

Videos

Allied Groups

Hearing over turbines in Bethlehem’s watershed postponed over alleged threats to company officials  

Credit:  By Nicole Radzievich, of The Morning Call | September 21, 2016 | www.mcall.com ~~

PENN FOREST TOWNSHIP – A hearing over whether a wind farm will be built on Bethlehem’s watershed has been put on hold after alleged threats, including to the family of a turbine company official.

The Zoning Hearing Board at Penn Forest Township, where the 37-turbine farm is proposed, agreed on Tuesday to postpone proceedings so the company could arrange to move them to Carbon County Courthouse for added security. A volunteer firehouse had been used because it could fit 300 people.

The company is also seeking an independent hearing officer to hear the matter.

Craig Poff, business director of Avangrid Renewables, said officials and their families – including his – have received threats since June, when the public review of the turbine project began before the township Zoning Hearing Board. He said others were threatened, but declined to go into the details, calling it a “very serious matter.”

Bob Weaver, a security representative of the turbine company, had alerted authorities about postings on social media that officials found threatening, but there was no threat to a specific person on social media, according to Pennsylvania State Police at Fern Ridge, which covers part of the township. Avangrid Renewables alerted police that the company would be bringing its own security to meetings in June and July, according to police.

State police at Lehighton, which covers the part of Penn Forest where the zoning hearing was held, said police were investigating allegations of threats. The details of the allegations were not immediately available Wednesday. State police did attend several of the hearings.

Township officials were unavailable for comment Wednesday, and a reporter was directed to file a right-to-know request for information about the postponement.

A Missouri sheriff’s office confirmed a complaint had been filed by a family member of a company official regarding the Penn Forest turbine issue, but declined to release it on Wednesday pending a written request.

Steve Repasch, executive director of the Bethlehem Authority, the financial arm of the city’s water business, said he supports the petition to move the hearing into the courthouse and was glad to see the zoning hearing board approve the request.

Repasch said the authority has received letters from people opposing the project, but nothing officials found threatening.

Three years ago, Avangrid Renewables, then Iberdrola Renewables, an Oregon company that bills itself as the second-largest wind energy provider, signed a lease with the Bethlehem water agency to put 37 turbines on as many as 260 acres. The company has done testing to determine if there’s enough wind to warrant a wind farm north and south of Hatchery Road.

Bethlehem Authority has championed the proposal because it is an investment in green energy, providing $100,000 each year for the authority and would not affect the quality of the spring-fed water piped from its reservoirs in the Poconos to customers of the city and surrounding municipalities.

Source:  By Nicole Radzievich, of The Morning Call | September 21, 2016 | www.mcall.com

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User contributions

Share:


« Later PostNews Watch HomeEarlier Post »

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share

CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.
Formerly at windwatch.org.

HOME
Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share