Monday, December 25, 2006

Turbine Plans for PA - Site-by-Site

If you want to know how many turbines are planned for your area, you can find it here:

Pennsylvania Wind Projects
and
PJM Wind Project Queues


December 26, 2006

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If you live in Folmont, it may look something like this.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

News: Homeowner Protection Plans

Homeowner Protection Plans, once a secretive last resort by wind developers seeking approvals, may be coming out into the open, this time under the auspices of local government, judging from this story from the Journal-Standard (Freeport, Illinois).
"...[O]fficials move closer to completing a draft of the Homeowner Protection Plan, which establishes terms for compensating homeowners should their property values decline due to the wind towers.
"... As part of formulating the plan, county officials this week will meet with several concerned landowners to obtain their input on the document, Groves said. The wind-farm companies will also have input in the plan's creation. The plan will establish homeowner-related guidelines that the wind-farm companies must follow before they can obtain building permits."

Monday, December 18, 2006

Emergency Meeting of Property Owners

The Folmont Property Owners Association has called an emergency meeting of Folmont property owners for December 30, 2006. The meeting will be held in the Municipal Building in Central City, and will start at 1:00 PM. Its purpose will be to (1) review recent developments regarding wind farm proposals in the Folmont area and their impact on the property values of owners, and (2) launch the Folmont property assessment baseline survey.

The baseline survey will document property values prior to the appearance of wind turbines in the Folmont area, in the event of subsequent litigation.

Folmont's guest speaker at this meeting will be Scott Swank of Indian Lake Realty.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Route 30 Billboards


Today two billboards were planted along Route 30. The purpose is to inform folks about the scale of turbine construction being proposed for this area and alert wind companies that Folmont will defend the rights of its property owners, including litigation as expedient.

The billboard says "THOUSANDS". Thousands? Yes, thousands.
Testimony before our Energy Committee and most other sources suggest that to produce this much wind energy in the United States could require building more than 100,000 of new, massive wind turbines. We have less than 7,000 such windmills in the U.S. today, with the largest number in Texas and California. -- Sen. Lamar Alexander, Windmill Legislation Introduction

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Friday, November 24, 2006

ACTION ITEMS

Based on NWW’s article, "What to do if it's happening to you: If your community is targeted,"
at
http://www.wind-watch.org/whattodo.php


  1. Post/distribute our adaptation of NWW’s flier to public newsstands, bulletin boards, etc

  2. Circulate petition urging moratorium

  3. Organize letter-writing to newspapers, local/state government – get letter commitments from specific people to specific people

  4. Distribute lawn signs, for example, an appraisal meetings

  5. Schedule appraisal meetings and systematic pre-development appraisals – publicize documentation to wind developers !!! (Kori Sue for Folmont?)

  6. Document pre-development quality of life and publicize to wind developers

  • Ambient sound levels

  • Light

  • Reception – TV, cell phone, satellite internet

  • Water – well and streams

  • Wildlife

  • Traffic


  1. Make windmills an election issue and send letters township supervisors/state reps of intent to do so

  2. Send letters to leasing landowners

    • Liability issues they may face regarding health and property

    • Health issues and pitfalls with neighbors

    • Pitfalls with wind developers – lease issues, decommissioning

  3. Send letters to developers’ financiers notifying of intent to resist

  4. Arrange letters from an attorney to participating landowners warning of our "intent to sue" – copies to wind developers, their financiers, local/state representatives, and media

  5. Survey residents for pre-existing health problems and urge to document with physician’s affidavit – publicize results to turbine developers, media

  6. Compile and mail (weekly or monthly) NWW’s news alerts to township supervisors and other local/state officials to impress the true scope of the global controversy surrounding commercial wind power development

  7. Designate and deploy a Speakers Bureau



Read the article.