Wind Company Appeals Decision To Nix Turbines Near Airport

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In April, the Zoning Board in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, sided with local pilots and said they were uncomfortable with a plan to install eight 387-foot-tall wind turbines within two miles of a runway at Somerset County Airport. But last week, the issue was being argued again in a county courtroom, as the wind-power developer began its appeal. The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reported that Stonycreek Windpower said that because the FAA did not object to the turbines, that should put to rest any local safety concerns. The other side argued that the zoning board is entitled to consider a wide array of facts, and not to simply confirm the FAA's opinion. Attorneys against the project also argued that the FAA failed to solicit local opinions and also may have neglected to take into consideration the impact on a turf runway that is directly in line with the proposed turbines.