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.
December 17, 2018: The Penn Forest Zoning Hearing Board will announce their decision to deny or approve Atlantic Wind’s second application. Please attend this special meeting.
Nov. 23, 2018 Update on the first application: According to Times News Online, “A court-appointed referee has recommended that a Carbon County judge decide against a wind energy company seeking to build wind turbines on land owned by the Bethlehem Water Authority in Penn Forest Township.” More details here: www.tnonline.com/court-appointed-referee-deny-atlantic-wind-application
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:
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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