Some in W. Pa. worry over proposed wind farm

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Some western Pennsylvania residents say a proposed wind energy farm might involve too much noise and heavy equipment, but others support the project.

The Erie Times-News ( ) reports Monday that some residents of North East Township are concerned about setbacks between wind turbines and neighboring properties, turbine noise, and heavy equipment during construction. The township is about 15 miles northeast of Erie.

Texas-based Pioneer Green Energy began leasing property for the wind farm near Interstate 90 two years ago. It once planned to build 75 turbines, but has cut that down to 10 or 20.

The paper reports that property owners who have leased land for the wind farm and renewable energy advocates support the project.

Township officials say they plan to consider an ordinance regulating wind farm development.

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