Western Maryland citizens seek wind power restrictions
Posted: 7:15 am Tue, April 10, 2012
OAKLAND — Some western Maryland residents are urging the Garrett County commissioners to impose restrictions on a proposed wind farm near Frostburg.
The Cumberland Times-News reports that 39 people have signed a petition to present to the board Tuesday.
It asks the commissioners to impose setback provisions or other rules to protect families and homes near 24 turbines the Annapolis-based Synergics Group is considering building on Four Mile Ridge and neighboring Big Savage Mountain.
Garrett County lacks a countywide land-use ordinance enabling it to impose such restrictions. The board is meeting to consider adopting such an ordinance.
Meanwhile, both houses of the General Assembly have passed a bill that would grant Garrett County the authority to impose setback and decommissioning provisions on wind farms if it is signed into law.
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