Bad News for Mass. Homeowners & Landowners
The State's Proposed "Wind Turbine Siting Reform Act"- purposefully designed to be anti-homeowner & anti-land owner
Aug 15, 2011
It's been declared open season on landowners vs. wind turbines, transmission and roads in Massachusetts. It's called by the State, the concocted "Wind Turbine Siting Reform Act" with a scheduled public hearing scheduled for September 7, 2011 @10AM at Jiminy Peak Mtn. Resort located in the Berkshires, in Hancock, Mass.
This Mass. State Bill conflicts with existing public and environmental protections by zoning, Police Power, now under attack by the Patrick Administration. This Administration has as its intent to eliminate public and environmental zoning and setback protections in place through the Wind Turbine Siting Reform Act, that allows wind related mandates, roads, transmission, infrastructure and wind turbines, through an appointed panel. Citizens in a municipality will loose the control because of this proposed Act. A politically appointed panel will replace our voice at town meeting, 2/3 vote for a zoning change, if this bill becomes law. The Wind Bill is co-authored by a Boston -based wind developer, Deval Patrick's appointed green policy "Advisor" (Public Employee Paul Gaynor; UPC First Wind ). Even while First Wind's marketplace includes Mass. as evidenced by First Wind's failed bid for a Brimfield, MA wind project, and there's a possible appearance of conflict of financial interest for this State Advisor from First Wind.
Historically, First Wind sells wind turbines that fail to produce energy, yet subsidiaries continue to collect public subsidies. Unmerited and unlimited profit and development potential is contrary to public and environmental interests as is this State's Wind Bill.
The Govt's Subsidies for Wind Turbines & Concocted Get Rich "Clean Energy" Scheme
Excerpted from the Proposed Mass. State Wind Turbine Siting Reform Act, and, go link below to read the Bill in its entirety online:
"The wind energy permitting board, in making its decision on the application, shall apply all applicable local by-laws and ordinances, including by-laws regulating construction in and around and the disturbance of, wetlands and other environmentally sensitive areas. The wind energy permitting board shall consider the recommendations of the local boards and may assess fees on wind energy facility applicants to retain consultants under section 53G of chapter 44. The board may waive zoning and nonzoning requirements of the municipality’s local laws, regulations, policies or other regulatory requirements."
Another Full of HOT AIR BILL
Read the entire proposed Wind Turbine Siting Reform Act at:
The State House has posted the Wind Energy Siting Reform Act (WESRA) hearing date on their website. The first of the expected two hearings on WESRA has been announced for Wednesday September 7, 2011 at 10AM at the Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort. There will be 8 bills heard by the Joint Committee for Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy. Three of those bills (S01660, H01775, and H01759) will be on WESRA - An Act Relative to Comprehensive Siting Reform for Land Based Wind Projects.
Please contact your local groups immediately-this hearing may impose hardship as it is during the day, on a work and school day, just two days after Labor Day, Set 2, 2011 at 10AM
Voice your citizen views. Citizens run this State - the State doesn't run citizens. That's our form of plebiscite democratic control over govt. It's the constitutional way for citizens to control govt and not be controlled.
Barbara Durkin with presentation by Bill Jeas