Wind Power News: Pennsylvania
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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 . . .
HUDSONDALE – How a proposed wind turbine farm that is ticketed for Broad Mountain will impact Packer Twp. won’t be known until a proposal is actually made, the township zoning officer said. Martin Cichowic told the township supervisors Tuesday night he has received several phone calls relative to the wind turbine farm. But he had no answers for callers, he said. “There really is no true, concrete information at this point,” Cichowic said. “I have not had an application. There seems . . .
The atmosphere got heated again at another meeting about a potential new wind farm on Shaffer Mountain. Representatives from Chicago-based wind company Invenergy gave a presentation at a Shade Township supervisors meeting Thursday to about 20 residents and environmental advocates. In his presentation, Michael Kaplan, Invenergy vice president of business development, hailed wind farms as a benefit to communities by providing additional tax dollars, land leasing revenues and jobs. He said Invenergy provided about $30 million in tax revenue and . . .
Joseph J. Cominsky once got so worked up about wind energy that he suffered a heart attack. Cominsky, a 69-year-old Paint Township resident, has been fighting the prospect of wind turbines on Shaffer Mountain in Ogle and Shade townships for more than a decade. The heart attack occurred in 2008, two years after he started fighting Gamesa energy company’s efforts to build a wind farm on the mountain. “My heart was in such bad shape; I had to have been . . .