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8:42 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Somerset Wind Farm Project Hits Snag with Commissioners

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The Somerset County wind farm project has failed to overcome its next hurdle.

The Somerset County Commissioners have delayed acting after receiving an open letter from the Defense Department objecting to the Great Bay Wind Project.

Commissioner Charles Fisher said he was against the project adding that the county could not fight Washington and the Defense Department.

Commissioner Craig Mathies and Randy Laird voted to delay the request until the county had heard from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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8:41 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Military Objects to Wind Farm in Somerset County

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The Defense Department has raised a formal objection to the construction of the proposed wind farm in Somerset County.

Congressman Steny Hoyer says he has gotten a letter from Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work that said the project which includes 25 wind turbines would impair or degrade the military’s capability to conduct research, development, testing and evaluation of defense readiness.

Hoyer said that the Defense Department is concerned that The Great Bay Wind project poses a significant threat to the radar system at Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

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11:44 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Somerset County Wind Farm Inches Forward

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The Somerset County Planning and Zoning Commission has just approved the regulations that could pave the way for a major wind farm project.

It now goes to the County Commissioners for final approval.

The 3-to-1 vote gave the green light for the turbines to be 575 feet, that is, 175 feet higher than the previously agreed to.

The approval brings Pioneer Green Energy one step closer to building its 25 wind-turbine farm that would spread across thousands of acres between Marion Station and Westover in southern Somerset County.

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10:06 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Opposition to Wind Project in Somerset County

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Nearly 200 people crammed into the Princess Anne civic Center with most being critical of the proposed wind farm in Somerset County.

Harvey Kagan from the Westover area said the areas where wind turbines had been built the property values went down.

He said nobody wants to buy property that is within 1500 feet of a turbine because of the noise.

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9:39 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Wind Turbine Project to Move Forward in Somerset

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Pioneer Green Energy says it plans to move forward with a wind turbine project in Somerset County despite its objections to certain restrictions in recommendations proposed by the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

The Planning Commission has decided to accept an extension to allow more time for reviewing and revising the draft ordinance.

The $273 million project would place 25 wind turbines in Westover.

Planning Commissioner Gary Pusey said that the current draft that involves the 400 foot turbines would be set back by at least 1-thousand feet.

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8:33 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Upgrading Regulations for Somerset County Wind Farm Project

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The Pioneer Green Energy wind farm project will take center stage over the next two weeks as the Somerset County Planning Commission reviews an ordinance drawn up two and half years ago for regulating wind energy.

Planning director Gary Pusey says the commissioners want to see if the ordinance is still appropriate for the project.

Among other issues is a provision that requires each turbine to be reviewed by the county’s Board of zoning Appeals.

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4:15 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Up To Governor to Decide Fate of Somerset County Wind Project

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All eyes now turn to Governor Martin O'Malley as to whether he will veto the a measure that would delay the wind farm project in Somerset County by another year. Supporters of the project say this would effectively kill it, but opponents say the delay is needed to assess the impact of the wind turbines on the radar at the U.S. Naval Air Station on the Patuxent River. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush examines the conflict with Jennifer Shutt, who has been covering the legislative session in Annapolis for the Salisbury Daily Times.

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2:32 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Somerset County Wind Turbine Delay Gets Legislative Approval

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says he still has misgivings about a bill to set a 13-month moratorium on the development of tall wind turbines within 56 miles of the U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River base in southern Maryland.

O'Malley wouldn't say Monday if he would veto legislation that has been sent to his desk. But the governor, who is a strong supporter of wind energy, says, "I have yet to conclude that windmills are quite the threat to Naval air radar that those advocating for this ban have concluded."

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1:28 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Somerset Wind Project Faces Uncertainty After MD Senate Vote

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With the overwhelming Senate vote to delay the $200 million wind project in Somerset County state Senator Jim Mathias said that this vote would be a $45 million loss for local residents.

Developers had hoped to move forward with construction of the Great Bay Wind Energy projection by next summer.

But the measure would delay that for another 15 months while a study is conducted to examine the impact of the wind turbines the U.S. Naval Air Station on the Patuxent River.

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