Monday, September 06, 2010
Letters to the editor
Poor Mountain wind farm deserves thoughtful, informed discussion
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The Roanoke Times
As members of the Southwest Virginia Business Development Association, we are concerned about the lack of specifics and substance of the examination of the proposal to build a wind farm on Poor Mountain. The discussion and process has been largely politicized and the information from both the pro and opposition standpoint has been from parties that stand to benefit from their stance on the proposal.
The construction of such a project is of great concern to our region and deserves thoughtful examination by the community it will affect.
We are commissioning an independent study of the advantages and disadvantages of this specific proposal, in this place, at this time. We believe this is something all parties should support as this is a significant and long-term development for our valley. Our ultimate interest is to encourage intelligent, informed dialogue.
The Southwest Virginia Business Development Association collectively represents more than 40 Roanoke-based employers that generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue annually in the Roanoke Valley. We live, work and do business here. We are pro-business and for smart, meaningful development that adds to the character of our valley and produces significant opportunities.
By way of full disclosure, our president Matt Broughton is opposed to the project from a private aviation perspective. He has not been involved in the commission of the study and is abstaining from matters pertaining to its release.
Vice president, Southwest Virginia Business Development Association
Vice president, Peak Investments LLC