HELP WANTED: EXPERIENCED INDUSTRIAL WIND FIGHTERS
Clifton is again in the sights of big money wind developer SWEB of New Brunswick and Austria. The MDEP is almost ready to have a public meeting on the project. You can access the application on the DEP website. Look for Silver Maple Wind Energy Facility Application. The meeting may be about Feb. 4 at Comins Hall in Eddington. That may not be how it works out so watch for more information. Meanwhile the Clifton Planning Board has been evaluating the application for completeness of submission. It will be moving on to having a public hearing and starting to findings of fact on the project meeting compliance standards. The DEP independent sound consultant had some serious concerns with the submitted sound study. The Clifton independent consultant was a bit surly in his review. He reiterated his opinion that he gave when he reviewed the Pisgah project study and the town's standards, that they were more restrictive than necessary. However the DEP consultant viewed the project as not meeting either state or town standards. The Pisgah project is 5 1.8 mw turbines. The Silver Maple project is 5 4.0 turbines. This is all clustered on Pisgah Mountain. The Clifton comprehensive plan was definitely written to prevent such an invasion into the town's natural and scenic resources and it's quality of place for residents. Even the Clifton Land Use Ordinance, gives the town's boards wide latitude to control development such as this. But the prevailing 'wisdom' is that the tax money going into a TIF slush fund for pet projects is worth the desecration of the scenic views and ambient quiet. We're powerless here unless we get some help to fight this atrocity.