Commission approves Rock Creek Wind Project
- Jan 24, 2022 8:17 pm GMT
The commission had tabled the project following a public hearing
Following a discussion about fire suppression, impacts to wildlife and the use of aircraft detection lighting systems, project lead developer
The language of the condition would mirror a similar rule imposed by the
“Invenergy is absolutely committed to addressing concerns that have been raised by a government agency, even if there’s no jurisdiction on the part of the agency to do so,” Weisz said during the commission’s Tuesday meeting.
“I would say we are on course to have all these recommendations from the
Albany County’s regulations defer consideration of wildlife and cultural resource impacts to the state’s
The project area includes two bald eagle nests and two golden eagle nests, one of which would be located 1.2 miles from a turbine. Watrud said four years of surveys have given developers a good picture of golden eagle movement.
“We feel we can make an informed decision about what that buffer might be,” she said.
Regarding the use of aircraft detection lighting systems, county regulations require their use unless prohibited by the
“Your own regulations give the
“It’s what’s used across the country and with most
Gosar acknowledged that additional voluntary conditions could impact a project’s bottom line, although they might be supported by locals.
“Good neighbors make for successful projects,” he said.
“If we have a problem with our regulations, I think we need to deal with it there,” he said. “The applicant is at a distinct disadvantage at this moment in the process.”
Most of the project area, about 37,000 acres, would be located in
The project area is located in a remote part of the county with just four private landowners involved. Invenergy’s goal is to transfer ownership of the project to
During the public comment period,
“Wind turbines are a significant long-term threat to local populations of big game and avian life, as well as migration that occurs in a population through
“Proceeds will go toward updating infrastructure that’s over 100 years old, which will benefit
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