North East Wind Farm Remains Subject of Controversy

Published 05/14 2013 06:27PM

Updated 05/14 2013 07:53PM

May 14th, 2013

Wind energy has become a topic of debate in Erie County as North East Township explores the possibility of a wind farm in its community.

Texas-based Pioneer Green Energy is trying to install anywhere from 10 to 20 wind turbines in North East.
It's caused controversy in the community as supervisors review the possible zoning change for the wind farm.

Officials from Pioneer Green Energy approached North East township supervisors and property owners two years ago about the project.
They leased land along Interstate 90, south of Sidehill Road for the wind farm.

The attendance at township meetings grew as supervisors discussed the project more.
Some citizens raised concerns, including noise from the turbines, vibrations, shadow flicker and killing wildlife.
Those who want to see the turbines in North East say it's a great source of clean energy and is a financial boost for the township.

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