Bleak Outlook For Somerset Wind Turbine Project - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Bleak Outlook For Somerset Wind Turbine Project

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The wind seems to be blowing in the wrong direction for the Somerset County wind turbine project.
A bill, headed to the Senate Floor, would delay the project by about 15 months.

That delay would apparently allow for the results of a study on the impact of the project on radar at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

It would also limit the height of turbines to no taller than 400 feet, short of the 700 feet supporters say is needed.

Eastern Shore lawmakers say there are already compromises built into the original bill that would protect the station.

"The Somerset County project would not move forward without the approval of The Navy," says Republican Senator Richard Colburn, "however that didn't satisfy the interest of the Southern Maryland legislators.  They rejected that amendment."

Senator Colburn tells 47 ABC, the bill passed its second reading this afternoon, and will likely clear the senate tomorrow.

The wind turbine project was anticipated to have brought 500 jobs to Somerset county and $44 million dollars over 30 years.
    

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