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Date added:  November 17, 2019
Economics, Law, Ohio, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Wind leasing: an all or none proposition

Author:  Thompson, Gene | Economics, Law, Ohio, U.S.

[Editor’s note: The doctrine of correlative rights limits use of a common groundwater source to a share in proportion to the landowner’s property above it. Many states apply the doctrine to oil and gas fields as well. Gene Thompson argues here that it should also be applied to the extraction of wind power.] Producing energy for everyday use has been a necessity for a long time. Oil Exploration and Production companies (E&Ps) have been at it for over 150 years. . . .

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Date added:  November 15, 2019
Aesthetics, California, ImpactsPrint storyE-mail story

Letter from City of Rio Dell to County of Humboldt Planning Commission in opposition to wind energy project

Author:  City of Rio Dell, Calif. | Aesthetics, California, Impacts

The City of Rio Dell is writing in response to the Humboldt Wind Energy Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the proposed project. As you know the project is proposed to be located immediately south and southwest of the City and the Town of Scotia on Monument and Bear River Ridges. As stated in our letter dated June 5, 2019, a copy attached hereto, regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), the City supports alternative . . .

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Date added:  November 14, 2019
Safety, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Wind Farms and Public Use Airports – Why the FAA Fails to Ensure Air Safety

Author:  Armstrong, Alan | Safety, U.S.

The explosion of wind turbine developments across the United States does not bode well for the continued viability of many public use airports. OVERVIEW OF THE PROBLEM Increasingly, wind farms with wind turbine generators (WTGs) nearly 500 feet above ground level litter the landscape. However, the disturbing reality is that these wind farms are being built in close physical proximity to public use airports. Because of their height and their interference with radar sites used by air traffic control and . . .

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Date added:  November 12, 2019
Michigan, Noise, Ordinances, SitingPrint storyE-mail story

Wind Energy Conversion Systems Zoning Ordinance

Author:  Monitor Township, Bay County, Mich. | Michigan, Noise, Ordinances, Siting

Section 3.48 [excerpts] This Ordinance is intended to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Township and to encourage the safe, effective, efficient and orderly development and operation of wind energy resources in the Township while preserving and protecting the character and the stability of residential, agricultural, recreational, commercial, industrial and other areas within the Township. Adverse Sound Character: Sound that causes building rattle, is impulsive, tonal, or has low-frequency bass rumble. Ambient is defined as . . .

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