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 Atlantic Wind, LLC  plans to build  wind turbines, wide clearings for roads, a 17-acre laydown yard,  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.

A major wind energy corporation has leased property from the Bethlehem Authority. The industrial wind corporation has submitted two applications to the Penn Forest Township Zoning Board. A Deemed Approval has been awarded to Atlantic Wind, due to an error by the former solicitor of the Zoning Hearing Board, but it is being appealed.

A second application is now before the Zoning Hearing Board.  This plan is essentially an amendment to the first application – the company says there will be fewer turbines (but taller, up to 599 ft.), but the same watershed is impacted.

This forest is an important watershed since it provides drinking water for the city of Bethlehem and other municipalities in the area.  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.

Monday, July 16 Hearing at Penn Forest Firehouse #1 from 6 – 9 pm:
Zoning Board Hearing regarding the 2nd application.
If you can’t get there by 6 pm, come whenever you can so the Board knows we are still strongly opposed to Atlantic Wind’s proposed “takeover” of beautiful Penn Forest Township.
Monday, July 23 Hearing at Penn Forest Firehouse #1 from 6 – 9 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