SAVE LAUREL RIDGE

December 12, 2018  Town Hall Meeting 6:30 pm Westmont Hilltop H. S.

Great Video just released by Rep. Burns:

Burns demands details on proposed windmill farm from water authority, company officials
Urges residents to attend Dec. 12 town hall meeting
 
EBENSBURG, Nov. 30 – In response to an outpouring of questions and concerns from residents about a proposed windmill farm, state Rep. Frank Burns is hosting a town hall meeting to gather facts on the project. 
 
The town hall will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Westmont Hilltop High School, 200 Fair Oaks Drive, Johnstown, 15905.
 
Burns, D-Cambria, said he wants to provide a forum for residents to ask questions and learn more about the proposed installation of wind turbines along the ridge in Upper Yoder Township.
 
Burns has invited officials from the Greater Johnstown Water Authority, which has leased a tract of land in Upper Yoder for the windmill farm, and Maryland-based Competitive Power Ventures, the wind energy developer.  
 
“People deserve to have their voices heard and to be part of the planning process before an unknown number of giant windmills are constructed along the Laurel Ridge,” Burns said. “Our region cherishes outdoor recreation such as hunting, hiking, biking and skiing. The addition of these turbines could have a devastating impact on tourism, an industry that’s vital to our local economy.”
 
In a little-noticed court order this month, a Cambria County judge approved changes to the water authority’s deed of trust to allow it to enter into a lease agreement with CPV to develop the windmill farm. 
 
No other information has been made available regarding the size, scope, impact or timeline for the project, Burns said.
 
“There was no publicity for this court decision and residents feel like the water authority is pushing this project through in secret,” Burns said. “Before we corrupt one of our greatest natural resources, people deserve to know what the true cost is to the community.”
 

November 28, 2018:  According to the Greater Johnstown Water Authority’s (GJWA) local manager, Michael Kern, GJWA just signed  a lease with CPV Power Holdings, LP.  CPV has at least 6 natural gas projects (one is in Cambria Co.) and one wind project in Oklahoma.  CPV plans to study the wind resources on the watershed property before constructing wind turbines.

If constructed, this will be another example of inappropriate industrial development in a forested watershed that provides water to thousands of people, as well as habitats to a diversity of wildlife dependent on intact forests and mountain streams.

This will be the second industrial wind project on Laurel Ridge – a prominent part of the Allegheny Mountains in Pennsylvania.  The Mill Run wind project consists of 10 turbines that were built on farmland 3 miles east of Mill Run, Pa. The land was already cleared where 8 of the 10 turbines were constructed, so there was minimal impact to the forest.

Fortunately, residents in Upper Yoder Township, Cambria Co., are organizing to stop the proposed wind project.  See a Nov. 27, 2018 article in the Johnstown Tribune Democrat:  https://www.tribdem.com/news/water-authority-s-plan-for-windmills-on-laurel-ridge-is/article_31073616-f1ef-11e8-b003-7f85a8b7caf3.html