Cumberland Times-News

Local Sports

September 4, 2013

PSC OKs wind farm request

Says company can take until final day of 2014 to start building

CUMBERLAND — Satisfied that state wildlife managers had no additional concerns about potential impacts upon fauna, the Maryland Public Service Commission on Wednesday said Dan’s Mountain Wind Force LLC could take until Dec. 31, 2014, to start building turbines there.

The company had cited delays caused by financial difficulties that prevented a Sept. 12, 2013, construction start. In July, more time was requested.

DMWF also told the PSC additional time is needed to work with restrictive Allegany County zoning rules and any court action that might be required.

The request for an extension came before the four-member PSC board on Aug. 27, but was deferred until the Maryland Department of Natural Resources could provide an opinion about wildlife impacts.

The DNR sent that letter Aug. 28, indicating that the agency was satisfied with earlier company commitments to protect bats and birds, specifically eagles, and did not oppose the extension request.

“We were certainly glad to hear that the Public Service Commission approved the extension of the construction start deadline for the Dan’s Mountain project,” wrote David K. Friend in an email to the Times-News Wednesday.

Friend is the CEO of Laurel Renewable Partners, owners of DMWF.

“It was a reasonable accommodation,” Friend wrote. “We certainly hope that we are successful in working through the process with the county, as well.

“The project, when completed, will become one of the county’s largest taxpayers and will provide much-needed jobs and other significant benefits to the county.”

In correspondence with the PSC, the developers said existing county zoning laws would reduce the number of turbines from 25 to one.

In 2009, the county approved rules that would require that a turbine of more than 300 feet be located at least 900 feet from a property line and 2,000 feet from a residence.

The zoning law, though, allows that distance to be cut in half if enough neighboring property owners agree.

Garrett County has similar wording regarding neighbors of a potential turbine site.

However, the Times-News reported Wednesday that Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler believes allowing neighbors to establish zoning regulations is unconstitutional and Garrett’s commissioners have agreed to forego that portion of the law.

The difference is that Garrett’s law was created via the Maryland General Assembly and the rules in Allegany were established solely by county officials.

Allegany’s status as a code home rule county allows zoning laws to be enacted locally. Garrett, a charter county, does not have that option.

Friend said it is too early for DMWF to offer an opinion about the applicability of Gansler’s comments in Allegany County.

The wind turbine developers are also allowed to seek a variance through the Allegany County Board of Zoning Appeals.

Contact Michael A. Sawyers at msawyers@times-news.com.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • Trenton Eirich Eirich voted Player of Year

    CUMBERLAND — Trenton Eirich, who led Allegany to one of the most successful three-year runs in school history and finished among the all-time leaders in multiple categories in the storied boys basketball program at the Sedgwick Street school, has had his name added to another pretty prestigious list.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mountain Ridge pitcher Dylan Shimko Sivic’s grand slam powers Allegany past Northern

    ACCIDENT — Colton Sivic’s grand slam secured No.1 ranked Allegany’s 10-5 victory over No. 3 Northern in an Appalachain Mountain Athletic Conference matchup Wednesday evening as the Campers stayed perfect on the season.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Petersburg outlasts Pendleton

    FRANKLIN — Second-ranked Petersburg’s four-run seventh inning propelled the Vikings over Pendleton County 14-10 on Wednesday afternoon.

    April 24, 2014

  • Sports Roundup - 04/24

    April 24, 2014

  • Georgius leads FSU over No. 23 Marietta

    MARIETTA, Ohio — Kenny Georgius scattered six hits and struck out seven over eight solid innings to lift Frostburg State to a 7-1 win over No. 23 Marietta College for a split of their Wednesday afternoon doubleheader.

    April 24, 2014

  • PSC sweeps Westmoreland

    YOUNGWOOD, Pa. — Mariah Martin tossed a two-hitter and Britani Chambers homered in the first game, and Meghan Anderson led a 13-hit attack in the second as Potomac State swept Westmoreland, 5-2 and 6-3, on Wednesday afternoon.
    In the opener, Martin, staked to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, allowed only two hits, struck out eight and walked just one in a complete-game victory.

    April 24, 2014

  • Sports Calendar 04/24

    April 24, 2014

  • Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman NFL players talk about race with Harvard students

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Richard Sherman was called all kinds of names after his raging rant at the end of the NFC championship game. It was worth it, the Seattle cornerback said, because it gave him a chance to talk about the perception of black athletes to a wider audience.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs Party a century in the making for Wrigley Field

    CHICAGO — There was a giant replica cake right next to the Ernie Banks statue, and an old-time band played as fans made their way through the main entrance.
    The famed marquee had a message, too.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Miller, Mtn. Ridge shut out Alco, 2-0 Miller, Mtn. Ridge shut out Alco, 2-0

    Jenna Miller pitched well enough to keep Allegany off the scoreboard and Mountain Ridge scrapped together two runs as the No. 1 Miners topped the No. 3 Campers 2-0 at Carl Belt Field for their 60th consecutive win.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo