The RoxWInd small-scale wind project was approved July 26, 2019. Interested parties have until August 2 to comment.
My Comments :
STATEMENT : "The Department finds that a formal deed restriction of the meadow buffers is not necessary since any future development on the buffer areas is very unlikely due to their adjacency to the wind turbines, "
RESPONSE : This appears to admit real estate sales are very much influenced negatively by proximity to wind turbines.
STATEMENT : "Additionally, the following minor adjustments may be made upon prior approval by the third-party inspector or the Department, and do not require a revision or modification of the permit but must be reflected in the final as-built drawings: minor changes that do not increase overall project impacts or project footprint and which, for any new areas of impact, have been surveyed for potential impacts to environmental resources and do not impact any protected natural resources, and do not affect other landowners. These changes include adjustments to horizontal or vertical road geometry that do not result in changes to the stormwater management plan; a shift of up to 100 feet in a turbine clearing area; and adjustments to drainage culvert locations based on field topography."
RESPONSE : It appears the Department is allowing an after the fact footprint area increase to correct an insufficient design.The slopes proposed are too steep and should be addressed before construction, not during or after construction.
STATEMENT : "In response to concerns regarding steep slopes in certain areas along deep cuts that will be needed for the access road, the applicant proposes to construct a “boulder fence” along the top of the cut between Turbines #2 and #3, where the cut is the deepest. The boulder fence will consist of large boulders ranging in size from 0.75 cubic yards to 1.5 cubic yards spaced at eight-foot intervals. The third-party inspector may require additional areas to be similarly protected if road construction results in steep, dangerous slopes."
RESPONSE : Loading several tons of boulders along the top of a steep cut sounds real safe. How much thought was used in assessing this situation ?
STATEMENT :" Based on the evidence in the record, the Department finds that the combination of an annually-maintained trail and a high amount of human traffic are not compatible with a remote area without human influence."
RESPONSE : Moral of this statement : Don't advertise nearby areas as attractive which might lead to successfully giving many people enjoyment because the Department feels these areas are not attractive once enjoyed by many.