For the love of God:
Future of Tazewell wind farm looks bleak“We are proud of the supervisors." "“They saved one of God’s greatest creations ..." Some Tazewell County natives who have moved north to find work might tell you that God has forsaken the area, what with the economic devastation that has been inflicted upon it in recent decades.
By Debra McCown, reporter, Bristol Herald Courier
Tazewell, Va. – A proposed wind farm project might be dead in Tazewell County.
The future looks bleak for the project after the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to prohibit development of tall structures on the county’s scenic ridgelines.
“I think this proposed tall structure construction carries with it too much public controversy and too little public revenue,” said Supervisor Mike Hymes, who cast the deciding vote on a divided board.
The project is one of two announced in far Southwest Virginia a year ago by Dominion and BP Wind Energy. The other, planned for the ridges of Black Mountain in Wise County, has received enthusiastic support from that county’s board.
“We are proud of the supervisors,” said Charlie Stacy, a member of the Mountain Preservation Association, which formed to opposed the project. “They saved one of God’s greatest creations tonight from devastation.” [link]
But they'd be wrong. God didn't wreak economic ruin on Tazewell County. Shortsighted, boneheaded county supervisors did.
Here's the bright side: At least those folks remaining, many of whom will remain on government life support, will have their trees and boulders. They'll have that. And happy, apparently, they'll be.