Public hearings on wind-power plan rescheduled

January 09, 2008|By Tom Pelton

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has rescheduled public hearings on whether to allow companies to build wind turbines in state forests in Western Maryland.

Because of public interest, the agency has moved the first hearing from an elementary school to the larger Garrett College Auditorium, 687 Mosser Road in McHenry, and postponed the hearing from Jan. 23 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30. The second hearing, also postponed for a week, will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in Room 161 of the Arundel Center, 44 Calvert St. in Annapolis.

A Pennsylvania company, U.S. Wind Force, is asking the state for leases in Potomac and Savage River state forests to enable it to clear about 400 mountaintop acres and erect about 100 wind turbines, each about 40 stories tall.

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