CUMBERLAND – A wind-power developer hoping to place 17 turbines atop Dan’s Mountain is appealing an administrative judge’s order that effectively killed the project.
Dan’s Mountain Wind Force LLC, a subsidiary of U.S. Wind Force, filed the notice of appeal to the Maryland Public Service Commission on Wednesday.
Chief Public Utility Law Judge Terry J. Romine issued a proposed order last month that said benefits of the projects “do not justify or offset subjecting the local community to the adverse impacts that will result from the wind project’s construction and operation.”
Allegany County officials had also previously denied permits for the project.
Dan’s Mountain Wind Force has argued that the project will create much needed jobs and tax revenue for the county.
Construction costs for the project were estimated at between $90 and $100 million by the developer.
Opponents of the project have formed an organization named ANCHOR (Allegany Neighbors & Citizens for Home Owners’ Rights) to challenge the wind farm, expressing concerns including noise and destruction of the views in the neighborhood.
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