Wind Power News: Pennsylvania
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After hours of debate with residents, Ogle Township supervisors delayed a decision on the township’s windmill ordinance. Chairman Harvey Weyandt Jr. said supervisors would be gathering more information on the subject following a special meeting Monday. More than 64 people, including residents of Ogle and Paint townships, listened to presentations about the pros and cons of adding a wind farm in the area. Invenergy has been collecting data from three meteorological towers in Ogle and Shade townships. The data will . . .
WINDBER – Ogle Township’s supervisors are giving worried township residents 20 days to provide scientific data that supports their windmill concerns. Township Supervisor Harvey Weyandt said a group of more than 50 residents voiced their opinions loud and clear Monday night that they don’t like wind farms. But he said they’ll have to show there’s proof to support their list of fears about wind turbines – and that current guidelines that prevent them from being no closer to a property . . .
WINDBER – Two weeks ago, debate over wind farm regulations in Ogle Township prompted supervisors to end a meeting after approximately four minutes. Monday night, it looked like the same back and forth might approach four hours. Township supervisors listened to a standing-room-only crowd of at least 50 local residents, many of them Ogle Township property owners, urge them to increase setbacks against energy-generating windmills to protect their rural setting, property values and “peace and quiet. But as of 10 . . .
An Ogle Township landowner who has served as the area’s most vocal opponent to the idea of a Shaffer Mountain wind farm put his words to music Monday, bringing a portable boombox – and a song he’d written – to the township’s meeting. But the meeting ended before Joseph Cominsky could play the song, with supervisors opting to adjourn just seconds after the meeting began when the Paint Township resident stood up and repeatedly insisted on receiving time equal to . . .
An Ogle Township meeting intended to be a vetting session for a proposed wind farm was stopped within minutes Monday night by a heated exchange. Almost immediately after supervisors Chairman Harvey Weyandt Jr. called the meeting to order, Paint Township resident Joseph J. Cominsky asked to give an anti-wind farm presentation to a crowd of about 45 people. The request was to counter a presentation by Chicago-based energy company Invenergy, which had representatives at Monday’s meeting. Cominsky and Weyandt then . . .
Shade Township officials responded to residents’ concerns about a proposed wind farm on Shaffer Mountain Thursday night. The supervisors said they are still researching the project. About a dozen residents attended the supervisors meeting to learn more about the proposed project by Invenergy in Ogle and Shade townships. Laura Jackson, president of Save Our Allegheny Ridges, said she would like a strengthened ordinance to push future turbines a greater distance from homes and other properties. “Take a look at it . . .
The emotionally charged hearings over whether wind turbines could be built on the land surrounding Bethlehem’s water supply may move from a fire hall to the more secure Carbon County Courthouse. But the Penn Forest Township Zoning Hearing Board – not an independent hearing examiner as the applicant, Atlantic Wind, requested – will continue to preside over the case, Judge Steven R. Serfass ruled. Serfass dismissed a legal challenge that questioned whether zoners can make a fair decision after five raucous public . . .
A proposed wind farm on Shaffer Mountain in Ogle and Shade townships would be Invenergy’s first project in Pennsylvania. Michael Kaplan, vice president of business development for the Chicago-based company, said Friday that any project is still years away. “At this point, we’re in the early stages,” he said. “We are not picking up where another company left off. We’re trying to understand for ourselves the site’s environmental issues, to vet the wind speeds and to determine where we would . . .
OGLETOWN – Three 300-foot-tall test towers have been erected on a sprawling tract of Berwind Corp. woodland spanning parts of Ogle and Shade townships. For the Illinois company that added them, its a necessary precursor to a possible Shaffer Mountain wind farm. To Joseph J. Cominsky, it’s an act of war. For more than five years, the Paint Township man was the most vocal opponent of Gamesa’s ultimately unsuccessful plan to build a wind farm on the Berwind tract that . . .
A possible wind farm in northern Somerset County has some residents’ heads spinning figuratively. About 20 people attended an Ogle Township supervisors meeting Monday night to voice concern over the possible wind farm, which, if constructed, would take up parts of Shaffer Mountain in Ogle and Shade townships. Paint resident Joseph J. Cominsky, who owns about 90 acres in Ogle, said he would like to a see a township ordinance amended to increase setback distances for turbines. Cominsky said he . . .