Somerset Co. Chairperson Resigns Over Controversial Wind Energy - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Somerset Co. Chairperson Resigns Over Controversial Wind Energy Proposal

Posted:

WESTOVER, Md.- The chairperson of Somerset County's Planning and Zoning Commission resigns after members approved higher turbines under a controversial wind energy proposal.

In a 3-1 vote on Oct.28, the commission made adjustments to a draft ordinance that raised the maximum turbine height from 400 to 575 feet. Dr. Fleury was the only member who voted against the provision.

 "We had very little information. “We reviewed lots of information about health issues, about safety issues, [but] it was all about turbines that were less than 400 feet," Dr. Fleury said.

Pioneer Green Energy, the company behind the multimillion-dollar investment, wants to build 25 turbines, each 599 feet, in Westover. However, Dr. Fleury said anything higher than 400 feet may pose some health risks.

" There's something called wind turbine syndrome, which is associated with insomnia, headaches and the inability to concentrate," she said. She said one Wisconsin health department condemned a similar project due to health concerns.

In the past, Project Manager Paul Harris said the company reviewed several studies about the project's health and economic impact. Developers reviewed a health study by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, which reads “most epidemiologic literature on human response to wind turbines relates to self-reported “annoyance.”

Harris previously told WBOC there is no concrete evidence to prove the illness.

 " They're right. There is a lot of conflicting information; however this project is a little bit unique in terms of the height of the turbines," Dr. Fleury said.

After eight years of service, Fleury submitted a letter of resignation to County Commissioners because she felt like her concerns about higher turbines were being ignored.
 
 "I felt that the issues I brought up were not being dealt with by other members of the committee," she said.

The county did not comment on the reasons behind her resignation, but in a statement, the director of Somerset County's Planning and Zoning Department said“Dr. Fleury was a valuable, experienced member of the Planning Commission who always came well-prepared to the meetings and was extremely knowledgeable about a wide range of issues, many of them complex, that the Planning Commission had to consider.”

“She took her role as Planning Commissioner seriously and that showed in her preparations for the meetings.  She was deliberate and well-reasoned in her opinions and her contributions will be missed.”

   
Earlier this week, county commissioners delayed their decision on approving the proposal, since two commissioners voted to kill the project, two voted to table it, pending the outcome of the FAA, and one commissioner abstained from the vote.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will submit its draft ordinance to commissioners next week.
        


  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Delaware Teacher Of The Year Plans To Do Even More

    Delaware Teacher Of The Year Plans To Do Even More

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 5:02 PM EDT2018-10-17 21:02:50 GMT
    Wednesday, October 17 2018 9:45 PM EDT2018-10-18 01:45:35 GMT
    On Tuesday, Dana Bowe of West Seaford Elementary was awarded Delaware's Teacher of The Year at Dover Downs Casino. But she says the award is not about her, it's about her students.More
    On Tuesday, Dana Bowe of West Seaford Elementary was awarded Delaware's Teacher of The Year at Dover Downs Casino. But she says the award is not about her, it's about her students. More
  • Ocean Pines Uses Dogs to Chase Away Geese

    Ocean Pines Uses Dogs to Chase Away Geese

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 9:30 PM EDT2018-10-18 01:30:35 GMT
    Wednesday, October 17 2018 9:30 PM EDT2018-10-18 01:30:35 GMT
    Animal experts are using dogs to chase away the geese in Ocean Pines. The company says by having the dogs disturb the geese, the birds will no longer feel safe in the area.More
    Animal experts are using dogs to chase away the geese in Ocean Pines. The company says by having the dogs disturb the geese, the birds will no longer feel safe in the area. More
  • Salisbury Woman Arrested for Assault on A Deputy

    Salisbury Woman Arrested for Assault on A Deputy

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 7:54 PM EDT2018-10-17 23:54:38 GMT
    Wednesday, October 17 2018 7:54 PM EDT2018-10-17 23:54:38 GMT
    Credit: Wicomico County Sheriffs OfficeCredit: Wicomico County Sheriffs Office
    Credit: Wicomico County Sheriffs OfficeCredit: Wicomico County Sheriffs Office
    A deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriffs Office arrested a woman from Salisbury, Maryland on Oct. 10, after she assaulted two police officers while they conducted a vehicle search.More
    A deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriffs Office arrested a woman from Salisbury, Maryland on Oct. 10, after she assaulted two police officers while they conducted a vehicle search.More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • "Hood Fight Salisbury" Cell Phone Videos

    "Hood Fight Salisbury" Cell Phone Videos

    27 cell phone videos depicting brutal streets fights among teenagers in Salisbury were posted online. Local leaders including the Mayor, State's Attorney and a Reverend react to the media.More
    27 cell phone videos depicting brutal streets fights among teenagers in Salisbury were posted online. Local leaders including the Mayor, State's Attorney and a Reverend react to the media.More
  • District 38 Senate Race: Mathias and Carozza Discuss Shore Issues

    District 38 Senate Race: Mathias and Carozza Discuss Shore Issues

    With just three weeks until the Maryland elections, Delegate Mary Beth Carozza and Senator Jim Mathias addressed issues they would each face if elected into state senate, but particularly problems on the Eastern Shore.

    More

    With just three weeks until the Maryland elections, Delegate Mary Beth Carozza and Senator Jim Mathias addressed issues they would each face if elected into state senate, but particularly problems on the Eastern Shore.

    More
  • Progress on Bowers Beach Drainage Project at Mercy of the Tides

    Progress on Bowers Beach Drainage Project at Mercy of the Tides

    Wrapping up the major replacement of a drainage system beneath an oft-flooded in Bowers Beach has proved to be a slower process than some town officials and neighbors have hoped for.

    A new drainage pipe has recently replaced a smaller and older one beneath Hubbard Avenue, a frequent spot for flooding after heavy rain. The system is intended to help flood waters disperse more quickly into the Murderkill River.

    More

    Wrapping up the major replacement of a drainage system beneath an oft-flooded in Bowers Beach has proved to be a slower process than some town officials and neighbors have hoped for.

    A new drainage pipe has recently replaced a smaller and older one beneath Hubbard Avenue, a frequent spot for flooding after heavy rain. The system is intended to help flood waters disperse more quickly into the Murderkill River.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices