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Western Md. Citizens Seek Wind Power Restrictions

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OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — Some western Maryland residents are urging the Garrett County commissioners to impose restrictions on a proposed wind farm near Frostburg.

The Cumberland Times-News reports that 39 people have signed a petition to present to the board Tuesday.

It asks the commissioners to impose setback provisions or other rules to protect families and homes near 24 turbines the Annapolis-based Synergics Group is considering building on Four Mile Ridge and neighboring Big Savage Mountain.

Garrett County lacks a countywide land-use ordinance enabling it to impose such restrictions. The board is meeting to consider adopting such an ordinance.

Meanwhile, both houses of the General Assembly have passed a bill that would grant Garrett County the authority to impose setback and decommissioning provisions on wind farms if it is signed into law.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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