[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind farm would harm tourism industry  

Credit:  The Tribune-Democrat | www.tribdem.com ~~

For years, I’ve heard that our natural resources and their beauty are this region’s greatest asset. Tourism in Cambria and Somerset counties is growing because of our vast outdoor recreation opportunities – hiking and biking trails, hunting and fishing, kayaking, canoeing, camping, skiing and snowmobiling to name a few.

In many cases, outdoor recreation is the only reason people from urban areas such as Pittsburgh come to Cambria or Somerset counties. But now, the Greater Johnstown Water Authority wants to put a massive industrial wind turbine farm right in the middle of our greatest natural resource. This will no doubt have a negative impact on the tourism industry we’ve worked so hard to develop.

The water authority is undermining efforts of local leaders who are promoting tourism. The water authority is claiming it will make $210,000 a year, but at what cost? How much will hotels, restaurants and other businesses that depend on tourism stand to lose?

In addition, hundreds of property owners who live near these wind turbines will see their property values drop. This drop will not be limited to Upper Yoder Township, but will have a snowball effect on the entire region that is already reeling from declining property values.

This project should be put on hold until we can carefully study the economic impact that these gigantic wind turbines will have on property values, tourism and the quality of life in Cambria and Somerset counties.

Allen Smith


Source:  The Tribune-Democrat | www.tribdem.com

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

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.