Archive - Aug 18, 2011 - News Article
Midwest Energy officially withdrew their request to build five wind turbines within the Airportâ€™s land jurisdiction Thursday. Tom Swierczewski, Midwest Energy Senior Project Developer told the Chief that they have withdrawn the application with the Airport Authority, and that it is their desire to work with a community in their development of Wind Energy.
He said they felt there was enough uncertainty with these locations that it was better to relocate the turbines.
The Airport Authority said no. They cannot in good conscious prepare a letter of no objection to five wind-tower sites selected by Mid-West Energy within the airportâ€™s three mile traffic area. The vote at last Thursdayâ€™s meeting was three to two. The Airport Authority doesnâ€™t have the last say. It is their job to pass on a recommendation, or in this case their objection, to Broken Bowâ€™s Board of Adjustment.
Midwest Energy representative Tom Swierczewski says he believes their concern is unwarranted.
Adams Land and Cattle and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality have settled out of court.
According to records filed with the court, NDEQ charged ALCC with water pollution following heavy September rains in 2010.
The complaint was filed in Lancaster Court by the State Attorney Generalâ€™s office Aug. 9 of this year.
In a consent decree filed Aug. 10, ALCC agreed to a $11,682 fine, $5,800 of which will go to the state, $5,800 will go to the Broken Bow Chapter of Pheasants Forever to be used as habitat restoration and enhancement, and $82 will go to the cost of the court.
If there is a key message Vickie Orr and Blake Hatfield want to get across, it is donâ€™t shoot the Red Tail.
Orr and Hatfield were in Broken Bow at the Farmersâ€™ Market last Thursday with a few of their friends: a Barn Owl, Red-Tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Swainsonâ€™s Hawk, Great Horned owl and a Burrowing Owl.
The birds displayed during the program were rescued following a life-threatening injury and because of these injuries could not be released into the wild.