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Somerset Wind Farm Project Hits Snag with Commissioners

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The Somerset County wind farm project has failed to overcome its next hurdle.

The Somerset County Commissioners have delayed acting after receiving an open letter from the Defense Department objecting to the Great Bay Wind Project.

Commissioner Charles Fisher said he was against the project adding that the county could not fight Washington and the Defense Department.

Commissioner Craig Mathies and Randy Laird voted to delay the request until the county had heard from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Laird said he did not want to deter other businesses from coming to the county noting that Pioneer Green Energy has spent the last four years on the project.

In the letter Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said that the project poses “an unacceptable risk” to national security.

The concerns surround the impact of the turbines on the radar at the Paxtuxent River Naval Air Station.

The project has also drawn strong opposition from House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.