Neighbors challenge site clearing for Fairhaven wind turbines

Nov 11, 2011 Full story: SouthCoastToday.com

A group of neighbors opposed to two proposed 80-meter wind turbines complained Friday about a lack of public notice on work being done to clear the site.

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Bob Kelly

Mattapoisett, MA

#1 Nov 12, 2011
The turbines in Fairhaven look to be 415 foot commercial wind turbines from Chinna.The residents of Fairhaven now face the possibility that they will become sick like the residents of Falmouth.The Falmouth Wind 1 ,Vestas V 82 wind turbine, was at one time going to be placed at the Fairhaven Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Do the Fairhaven residents even know what happened if Falmouth ,Massachusetts ?

How in 2009 did the Town of Falmouth buy two Vestas V 82 commercial wind turbines that had been purchased by the MTC in 2004 and held in a warehouse at $3300.00 per month until they were installed in Falmouth using stimulus funds? The turbines were in the US long before any stimulus plan was even on the books.

The MTC acted as the brokers selling the Town of Falmouth these two wind turbine and provided the resources to pay for wind studies to install the turbines from a pool of their wind contractors. The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative was stuck with these two old politically embarrassing wind turbines.

In Mattapoisett and Fairhaven the MTC tried to hold a contest between those two towns to see which town would win the contest and get the two turbines before 2009 and the stimulus plan. The problem was two citizens groups fought off the two turbines with local zoning and bylaws because of conflicts with residential and commercial zones!

Gov Patrick upset with the two citizens groups in Mattapoisett and Fairhaven has proposed the WESRA , Wind Energy Siting Reform Act. This act is not a reform act but a means to bypass local zoning bylaws in order to install commercial wind turbines in our backyards -

Why else would you propose the Wind Energy Siting Reform Act ? If not to bypass our zoning laws.
Bill Carson

Mattapoisett, MA

#2 Nov 13, 2011
The contractors were working clearing the land on Veterans Day while the rest of the town was somewhere else . They planned to clear the land by Monday morning ! Who ever heard of a construction company working a three day weekend on Veterans Day and Sunday - Something stinks about this project !

They had NO police detail while joggers were running past earth moving machines that could throw rocks hundreds of feet -So much for OSHA rules!

No permits on the bike path including site permits or any permits from the DEP !

This job is going to hurt somebody and it'll be someone from the general public -

Safety is taking a back seat on this project !

We need answers from our State Representative Bill Strauss ! Did he know what's going on or did he meet in :executive session" with the Town of Fairhaven ?

Do the residents of Fairhaven want to end up like the residents of Falmouth !
Bob Kelly

Mattapoisett, MA

#6 Nov 15, 2011
http://69.5.0.179/index.php/pr ojects/detail/fairhaven_ma/
Bob Kelly

Mattapoisett, MA

#7 Nov 15, 2011
http://69.5.0.179/index.php/pr ojects/detail/fairhaven_ma/
Fairhaven, MA
Project Type: Wind
Date: 2010
Palmer's Role: Co-Developer/Investor
Transaction Size (Total Financing or Tax Credits):$9,465,000

Given the cost competitiveness of wind power with traditional fossil fuels, Palmer has teamed up with CCI Energy, LLC to bring wind energy to Massachusetts communities. CCI has explored locations that have viable wind resources and met with local officials to gain community support for such projects. For its part, Palmer has assisted with start-up capital and met with contractors, wind turbine manufacturers and potential investors in trying to establish a state-wide community wind program. Palmer plans to develop over 40 wind projects in the next 5 years with financial incentives supplied by federal investment tax credits or production tax credits.

One of the initial projects will be supplying electricity to the town of Fairhavenís wastewater treatment plant. Besides providing clean and renewable energy to the town, Fairhaven will also benefit from cost savings from reducing the price it pays per kilowatt hour. Considerable time and resources have been expended in educating the town and its residents about the benefits that will be derived from such a facility. In addition, many studies have been completed showing the minimal impact of wind turbines to the adjacent neighborhoods.

Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#9 Apr 20, 2014
Taunton Superior Court # 8

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