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Western Maryland citizens seek wind power restrictions

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.