Dec 09 2009

Commissioners say NO to Wind Farm

Published by at 3:22 pm under General Information

Board of County Commissioners have today voted to DENY the application for the Silver Mountain Wind Farm.  Many, many people were in opposition to the Wind Farm and worked diligently to get it stopped.  Most recognized the private property rights of owners, but drew the line at the many negative impacts that would effect everyone, outside of and well beyond the ranch owner’s deeded fenced boundaries. 

The eastern plains of the County seemed to be a more appropiate location for these 400 ft. turbines rather than in the very midst of our scenic corridor in view of tourism traffic and numerous home developments.  The application seemed flawed from the outset and was not in compliance with the current County Land Use Guide.

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3 Responses to “Commissioners say NO to Wind Farm”

  1. Phiaon 10 Dec 2009 at 10:52 am

    Thank you for the update. Too dangerous to drive down and “represent”. Were there a lot of people? Where are we in the transmisson line issue?

  2. Steveon 10 Dec 2009 at 12:10 pm

    I am very glad to hear that the commissioners denied the application for the wind farm. I fully support wind energy but think that in the rush to develop this energy source we have forgotten what a large footprint this leaves on the land. I also think it is somewhat hypocritical that real estate people who have a goal of selling off as much land for ranchettes as possible are any less harmful to the environment. Seeing new homes on every 35 acres across the beautiful expanses at the base of the Spanish Peaks and surrounding mountains isn’t any better. Don’t kid yourself. This isn’t true concern for the environment—just a desire to use it for some other profit motive and leave the scars for future generations. This ongoing urge to carve up and sell lots is also going to destroy the character of the area and lead to it looking like urban sprawl around Denver.

  3. Jerryon 11 Dec 2009 at 6:54 am

    Another big turn-out. Over 200 people were there. A complete story in one of the newspapers. http://www.HuerfanoJournal.com Nothing new on the power transmission line proposal.