Wind Power News: Pennsylvania
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Power facilities planned for Blair; Environmental groups concerned over possible impact to area wildlife
By creating two pairs of connected reservoirs, a Doylestown company plans to construct power generators in Blair County capable of creating nearly a million megawatt hours per year. However, the projects, which would require the clearing of hundreds of acres along the Allegheny Front, could adversely impact area wildlife, environmentalists claim. “It sends up a red flag because they are going to be causing a lot of forest destruction,” said Laura Jackson, Juniata Valley Audubon Society’s president. “There is going . . .
COUDERSPORT – Local gas company JKLM Energy has challenged Walden Green Energy’s Big Level Wind in a civil suit with a public hearing slated for June 19 and 20. Most recently, on June 12, the court granted the plaintiff JKLM’s emergency motion for interim relief to cease ground activity around the proposed sites of turbines 2, 8 and 16, and in area located within 800 feet from said turbines. The court is fairly considering recognizes it will hear the rest . . .
The Penn Forest Township board of supervisors has decided to intervene in Atlantic Wind LLC’s case to build a wind turbine farm in the township. At the opening of the board’s monthly meeting Monday, Supervisor Scott Lignore made a motion to ask township solicitor Thomas Nanovic to file the necessary documents to intervene into a suit recently filed against Atlantic Wind. Nanovic said the board made the decision because of the wind company’s attempt to remove the township’s zoning hearing . . .
Wind turbines in holding pattern; Next step for the proposed project will be determined by the courts
The next step in the effort to build a wind turbine project in Penn Forest Township is up in the air. On Wednesday night, the Penn Forest zoning hearing board denied Atlantic Wind’s application for two special exceptions to build up to 37 wind turbines on property owned by the Bethlehem Water Authority. The zoning board proceeded with the hearing even though Atlantic Wind failed to show. Atlantic Wind had filed notice the previous week that it deemed the application . . .
The chairs normally occupied by counsel and employees of Atlantic Wind sat empty as testimony resumed before the Penn Forest Township zoning hearing board on Wednesday night. That did not stop the board from hearing the last of the testimony from the objectors’ last witness and the closing arguments from attorneys Ted Lewis and Bruce Anders. Following the closing statements, the board closed the record on the hearings and took a brief recess to the office of the firehouse, where . . .
Penn Forest had denied the application of Atlantic Wind to build 37 turbines on Bethlehem watershed land in the township. Representatives of Atlantic Wind, claiming that the board’s inaction meant automatic approval, did not show up for the hearing. The board heard testimony from the objectors, recessed and came back with the denial of the application. Check back for updates to this story.
After months of delays the Penn Forest Township zoning hearing board is prepared to proceed with its public hearings on the application by Atlantic Wind to build up to 37 wind turbines on property owned by the Bethlehem Water Authority within the township. Last week, the zoning hearing board published a legal notice announcing a hearing at 6 p.m. May 17 at the Penn Forest Volunteer Fire Company No. 1. Two days later Atlantic Wind published a much different notice, . . .
After legal issues over safety put hearings on pause last year, Penn Forest Township zoners plan next week to resume discussions on whether 37 wind turbines can be built on the ridges surrounding Bethlehem’s water supply in Carbon County. But Craig Poff, a spokesman for applicant Atlantic Wind, said the hearings are moot and the company says it now has zoning approval to proceed because the township missed a legal deadline to continue the proceedings. “We’re simply exercising our legal . . .
Hearings to resume on wind turbines; But company says project is approved because zoning board failed to meet deadline
The zoning hearings on the Atlantic Wind project to install 37 turbines in Penn Forest Township are scheduled to resume at 6 p.m. May 17 at Penn Forest Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 on Route 903 in Jim Thorpe. The hearings for a special exception to permit a proposed wind turbine use and to permit an operation/safety building, have been delayed for seven months and will resume at the same venue as originally scheduled. However, Atlantic Wind says it’s not . . .
OGLETOWN – The deadline arrived Monday for Ogle Township residents to submit data backing their wind turbine concerns to township officials. With that deadline came a 5-inch stack of documents about a list of wind farm worries, including potential impacts on property values, habitats and safety, township supervisors Chairman Harvey Weyandt Jr. said. “I’d say I’ve got enough reading material to last me three or four months of my free time,” Weyandt said Monday. “But from what I gather so . . .