PENN FOREST TOWNSHIP CHAPTER

Aerial View of Pohopoco Mountain, Stony Ridge and Hatchery Road, part of the forested watershed where Iberdrola plans to build 37 wind turbines, wide clearings for 3 roads, a 17-acre laydown yard, an operations building, a substation, and an overhead transmission line, thus removing almost 300 acres of forest.

Aerial View of Pohopoco Mountain, Stony Ridge and Hatchery Road, part of the forested watershed where Iberdrola plans to build 37 wind turbines, wide clearings for 3 roads, a 17-acre laydown yard, an operations building, a substation, and an overhead transmission line, thus removing almost 300 acres of forest.

We are the Penn Forest Township chapter of Save Our Allegheny Ridges (SOAR), a non-profit organization devoted to preserving Pennsylvania’s forested mountains.

Communities in Carbon County PA have recently learned that a major wind energy corporation has leased property from the Bethlehem Authority. The industrial wind corporation has submitted a proposal to the Penn Forest Township Zoning Board to construct a wind turbine project comprising approximately 37 industrial wind turbines up to 525 ft high, with over a 300 ft spin range, along a forested ridge in Penn Forest Township. This forest is an important watershed since it provides drinking water for the city of Bethlehem.  It is also adjacent to several communities, including Towamensing Trails, Hickory Run Forest, and Beltzville Lake Estates. Hundreds of acres of forest will be cleared for this project, destroying the habitat for the area wildlife and fragmenting the extensive forest.  The negative impact on quality of life and property values is enormous.

We need funds to pay attorney and expert witness fees to fight this at the scheduled township Zoning Board Hearing on Tuesday September 20, 2016.  Please try to attend the meeting to be held at Penn Forest Township Fire Company #1 located at 1387 State Rt. 903 Jim Thorpe, PA 18229.  The meeting starts at 6 PM.  
Help us preserve the natural beauty of the Pocono Mountains by making a donation.  Choose which method is best for you:

  1.  Send a check to SOAR P. O. Box 178 Everett, PA 15537.  Write Penn Forest on the Memo.  Your donation will be tax-deductible since SOAR is a non-profit organization.  You will receive a receipt for your donation.

  2. Donate on-line at the GoFundMe webpage

     

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    Penn Forest Reservoir and Call Mountain to the right, one of 3 mountains targeted for industrial wind turbines in the Bethlehem Authority exceptional value watershed.

    Penn Forest Reservoir and Call Mountain to the right, one of 3 mountains targeted for industrial wind turbines in the Bethlehem Authority exceptional value watershed.

    HYDROGEOLOGY REPORT IS NOW AVAILABLE

    Dr. Pam Dodds, Hydrogeologist, has researched the Exceptional Value Watershed and the potential impacts that Iberdrola’s proposed wind project would have on the water quality.  The report concludes that increased amounts of impervious surface from the construction would degrade the watershed.  The report can be accessed here:  Hydrogeological Assessment, June 23, 2016

    SOAR Into FUN FESTIVAL

The Penn Forest Township Chapter of SOAR (composed of community volunteers) is sponsoring a SOAR Into Fun Festival on Saturday, August 13 from 11 am – 6 pm at the Penn Forest Streams Clubhouse.   Food, raffles, 50/50, games, live music, and much more!!  Come on over and join the fun!  All proceeds will benefit the Penn Forest Township Chapter legal fund.