On behalf of the Cumberland Mountain Preservation Coalition (CMPC), Craig Clark presented an update to the Fairfield Glade Community Club (FGCC) board during the regular session meeting Dec. 14.
CMPC opposes the proposed Apex wind energy project that would have built up to 23 turbines on Millstone Mountain in Crab Orchard and is currently suspended due to a temporary statewide moratorium. The moratorium will be in effect until July 2018.
“I will assure you, the proposed wind project is not dead,” stated Clark.
The group intends to retain a lobbyist to help with legislation to further regulate wind energy projects in Cumberland County and across the state.
Clark said, “Responsible regulations would provide protection for health, safety and welfare of all Tennesseans. We want to seize this opportunity provided by the temporary moratorium.”
According to Clark, Tennessee State Rep. Cameron Sexton and Sen. Paul Bailey currently serve on the legislative study committee that would investigate the industry further and work towards legislation during the next session.
CMPC requested financial assistance from FGCC to aid their quest to retain a lobbyist and oppose the wind energy project. During the public comment segment of the meeting, CMPC member Mary Kopmeir expressed her concern that CMPC’s request to the board for financial support was not on the meeting agenda and wanted to know if a decision regarding the request had been made.
FGCC president John Conrad stated, “We discussed it. We agreed, amongst the board, that we would be supporting the coalition, providing public statements of support and email blasts and things like that for you. And some limited financial support. Initially, that would be $2,500 and then possibly more in the future.”
Conrad added that FGCC vice president and board liaison to CMPC Steve Smith would be in contact with the group to discuss those details.
“We believe the legislative session will determine the fate of wind energy in Cumberland County and we need your help to put this over the top,” said Clark. “We, and many more like us, came here by choice. Please join us in our effort to preserve the aspects that brought us all here.”
CMPC plans to hold a meeting at the Fairfield Glade Library/Multi Purpose Building, 453 Lakeview Drive, meeting room Jan. 4 at 4:30 p.m. to discuss their plan of action from retaining a lobbyist to their trips to Nashville to monitor study committee meetings, coordinate with state agencies and actively advocate for responsible regulations during the upcoming session.
To be added to the CMPC mailing list, contact Kati Segar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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