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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wise County Wind Farm...

Wise County Wind Farm....Yep. That's what we need.

APPALACHIA — Local interest was brisk as British Petroleum (BP) Wind Energy and Dominion, partners in wind energy projects, aired their interest in possibly developing a “wind farm” in Wise County during a public information meeting held in Appalachia on Tuesday.

The two energy companies began assessing Wise County’s potential as a wind energy locale in January on roughly 25,000-acre sites north of Big Stone Gap and Appalachia. The Penn Virginia properties known as Bluff Spur, Nine-Mile Spur and Rogers Ridge are ridgetop abutments to Black Mountain along the Kentucky border. - KT

They go on to tell how many jobs it would create and tax revenue the farm could provide. Sounds reasonable enough to me. Green energy in Wise County would be a good thing right? Enter the anti Dominion nutjobs..

Kimberly Hay, an environmental activist from Big Stone Gap, said she is suspicious of Dominion’s motives. Dominion is the utility building a 585 megawatt coal-fired power plant in St. Paul, a project opposed by environmental organizations. A consortium of environmental groups recently argued against the power plant before the Virginia Supreme Court.

“I’m thinking this is a lovely cover-up,” Hay said of Dominion’s interest in developing a wind farm. “They’re still clearing trees and eating up ridgelines. I think this is just an attempt to cover up for raping the mountains here. Use that word, ‘raping,’ because that’s exactly what it is. This wind farm thing, it’s just (public relations). There will be no trees here, no mountains or anything left when they’re done (mining the coal).”- KT

Dominion Haters? They are offering a wind farm we get that anti coal - raping the land crap? It's to early for a drink...

Comments on "Wise County Wind Farm..."


Blogger Star Womanspirit said ... (5:01 PM) : 

My question is this....If Dominion is on the right track they are REPLACING the coal plant with a wind farm. If this is the case I say Yeah Dominion. IF it's not then BOO Dominion and it's just a PR manuever.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:14 AM) : 

We want both.


Blogger Michael Stuart said ... (1:57 PM) : 

If it weren't for federal subsidies, wind power in the southeast would be an economic non-starter. And you can't *replace* a coal station with a wind farm.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:24 PM) : 

Expect your power bill to triple in the next couple of years. I think a lot of anti-power nuts had better locate a coal mine to hide in when Millions march on D.C. to get the nuts out and feed them to the fishes. They/we will be glad to pick up a few strays on the way. Fish are hungry everywhere.
X-Firefighter-who sits back and laughs every time the tones go off and have since O'Dumbo was elected)


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