VACo joins Tazewell supervisors in windmill fight

Jan 24, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Bluefield Daily Telegraph

The Tazewell County Board of Supervisors has received the help of a powerful lobbying group in its efforts to block what one supervisor thinks is the latest attempt by Dominion Power to develop a wind energy farm on East River Mountain.

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Bluefield, WV

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Jan 24, 2013
 
This town will do anything to block jobs. News flash people, this town is drying up without jobs. Not everyone can work at a fast food place or Walmart. No wonder so many people are out of work or on welfare in Tazewell. Who cares what the windmills look like on the mountains. Pretty soon there won't be anyone around here to see them but the old retired people. Not any factories will even look at this area because of how the people that run things act.
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Tazewell, VA

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Feb 1, 2013
 

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coal brings more jobs then windmills ever will
taz

North Tazewell, VA

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Feb 1, 2013
 

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windmills are a good idea, its a contemporary and efficient method, why be so resistant to progress? I mean, wind energy is clean and doesnt produce toxic waste that causes environmental damage, or deplete natural resources such as coal, oil or gas.
Installing those windmills will create jobs, and all the coal miners won't lose their jobs so I don't see why they would feel threatened.
That is all I wanna say about it. No debating. I understand this area is so very much instilled with pro-coal thinking that it is unlikely they will ever change...which is a shame.
confused

Bluefield, VA

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Jan 20, 2014
 
Why would we not want clean dependable energy????
13th Warrior

Cranston, RI

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If the energy stayed here and lowered bills for county residents it would make sense. However the last plan for wind power was to take the energy out of the area. What makes sense about that? I don't see careers being developed by the implementation of windmills. The company brings their crews to build and maintain. With that being said...if I owned the land, I would not want to be told how I could develop my property.
brian jackson asbury

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Jan 24, 2014
 
they want land, contracts can be drawn up, can they not, use the energy here, hire only workers from the area here, get attorneys then see how bad they want your land , i have seen windmills in one of the islands of hawaii, they do work,
brian jackson asbury

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#7
Jan 25, 2014
 
windmills are welcome on my property
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Harrisonburg, VA

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Jan 27, 2014
 
13th Warrior is correct. If you really look into the windmill plan here, it will not decease our energy cost. Most likely it will go up. Yes there will be a few jobs for a while but that is about all. The windmills are not going to save our depression. There are several folks around that have the resources to help our area grow but they prefer to hold on to their funds, they care nothing about the area that made them wealthy. Until someone invest in some jobs that produce a product we are dead in the water. I don't have the answer but I know windmills are not the answer.
Tax Payer

Harrisonburg, VA

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Jan 29, 2014
 
If the county wants to tell me what I can do with my property, they are more than welcome to drop my personal property taxes.
minnie

Richlands, VA

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Jan 31, 2014
 
This is a terrible idea in every single way. I really hope every property owner in Tazewell County does there research b/c I would hate to see anyone get screwed (like with gas rights) This isn't just a single mountain we're talking here they want to put tons of these things in. If Dominion gets there way over 500 wind mills will be erected in Tazewell County alone. Property values are proven to go down in area around these eye soars. Not to mention the animals that will lose their homes or be maimed by the blades (bats and birds) Has anyone ever been around a wind mill? They are loud. In fact that is the #1 complaint surrounding them. They won't save you a dime and may cost you in the long run. The peak season for power is June-Aug and around here they would only be operating at around 13% during these months b/c we don't have a lot of wind. So why then would Dominion want to come in and put 500 wind mills in this county?? Well it's simple. They can come in here and buy up cheap land from dumb hillbilly's and get INSANE tax breaks and subsidies. To the tune of around $23 per megawatt hour compared to just 44 cents they get on coal. Please don't take my post the wrong way. I know we are not dumb hillbilly's I was just saying that's how these big businesses look at us. Guess they will be surprised when we turn em down which I am confident the citizens of Tazewell county will do. Please do your research folks. I can post a few links that will help.
minnie

Richlands, VA

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Jan 31, 2014
 
Oh and did I mention the affect these things have on hunting and tourism??
Brian jackson asbury

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Feb 14, 2014
 
why are they scared? if coal is forever and not finite, and coal is the answer? which i doubt, why are people so opposed to windmills, if coal is the answer then why oppose windmills? scared of competition? an honest business, doesn't try to block competition, Hawaii has windmills they work, windmills could bring more jobs in to tazewell, but no y'uall don't want that, then tazewell would beprosperous, and other job opportunities, besides mcdonalds, like i said bring all pro coal bull, if not for coal i would or could be doing better.
Brian jackson asbury

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Feb 15, 2014
 
coal is like a tetter totter, up or down, if coal seams are infinte, which i doubt , that means buc 1 runs all the way to the other side of the globe, i bet it doesn't, if it does that means it would be profitable to go all the way! dont forget to set timbers if u dont the earth would collaspe, hello, but if the earth collapses you will be in a movie, not puma commercial though, hello,
Get Real

Mattaponi, VA

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Feb 21, 2014
 
As mentioned earlier, the wind is inconsistent, unsteady and unpredictable
Wind power is not cheap and like many energy sources, rely on government subsidies to remain competitive.
Wind farms are generally located in rural areas that might be otherwise picturesque. They are considered by some people to be an eyesore.
Some people complain of noise from the turbines.
Wildlife impact. Not only birds, but bats have experienced fatalities.
Localized impact on night-time temperatures and weather
Once there in place they provide no jobs, no electricity discounts, there a huge eyesore and honestly our taxes will be increased to pay for the government subsidies to make them competitive with gas and coal. I see no benefit when compared to destruction of land. If your really concerned about making a difference and minimizing fossil fuels start in your own home and turn off some lights and iPads and computers and tv's in every kids room! If your not willing to do those things stop preaching about how bad coal and gas are!
minnie

Richlands, VA

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Feb 21, 2014
 
Brian Jackson Asbury if you were in the market for a new home would you buy one that had a windmill in site of it???? Nope you wouldn't. Property value will drop dramatically this a proven fact. Google it.
Brian Jackson asbury

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#16
Feb 21, 2014
 
it's me, i was in army Hawaii has windmills not test project, they work, we still did our field training even around windmills, 25th light infantry, 3rd of the 21st, gimlets! this town is dying, change and competition is a good thing, tazewell needs to grow, not just windmills, factorys too, yes i would love to have a new home with windmill on property, i live in a shack, 550 deer run road, drive by sometime, then ask your question again, i want this town to make it, to make it, new industry besides coal needs to be here, progress and growth we need it, kids are our future i pray they realize it to, people that graduate school this year shouldn't have to move away to find good jobs, or to make their dreams come true, but i bet alot will, i wish this town would welcome all businesses, i dump trash on truck 11, the one with bulldog green bed on it , my heart feels bleeds , and goes out to our future, i hope they live their dreams!!!
minnie

Richlands, VA

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Feb 22, 2014
 

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I don't get what your home being a shack has to do with it and I don't see how you get that wind mills would help this place grow. Are you saying your a trash collector? If so, that's cool, around here any job is better than none. I hope this place starts doing well again too. I want the best for this area and in my opinion, this is a bad idea. Dominion isn't telling all the facts and i'm very glad to see that our supervisors are. Look it up Mr. Asbury these things won't help many people around here and they will cause property values to drop. The Bristol paper suggested this will more than likely end up in court. That makes me sick. The people and the board have spoken, we don't want these windmills. Dominion shouldn't force it on us by going to court.
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Prague, Czech Republic

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Feb 27, 2014
 
USA is on downslope from beginning

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