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PSC hearings for proposed Highland Wind Farm started Tuesday; several Forest residents attend

Press release submitted by The Forest Voice

The highly contested and controversial proposed Highland Wind Farm for the Town of Forest in St. Croix Wisconsin was the subject of the Public Hearing by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in the Town Forest, WI on October 11, 2012 with sessions at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Forest Town Hall, 1895 County Road D, Forest, WI.

Technical hearings for the project which began Tuesday, October 9 in Madison were extended into today as testimony and cross examination extended past the business hour yesterday.

Protesters from the Town of Forest were joined in Madison on Tuesday by wind opponents from Brown County, Rock County, Manitowoc County, Fond du Lac County and Dodge County. The protesters lined the street in front of the PSC building in Madison. Passing motorists waved and honked approval while some pulled over to ask questions. An unidentified Madison resident brought hot coffee for protesters who stood for hours in declining temperatures and rain. Protesters site irresponsible development within a populated area as one of the major issues with wind development in Wisconsin.

The project which originally was proposed for 39 – 500ft tall turbines was revamped after the residents successfully recalled the town board citing alleged open meetings violations. The project is currently proposed at 41 – 500ft. turbines at 102.5 MW which brings the project under state jurisdiction.