Category Archives: ENVIRONMENT

Southeast’s largest wind farm gets first turbine

Controversial project near Elizabeth City to supply electricity for Amazon A large crane puts the finishing touches Tuesday afternoon on a massive wind turbine – the first of many more planned for a large tract along the border of Perquimans and Pasquotank counties.   Click to enlarge NORTHEASTERN N.C. — As we all know, wind energy has been a highly divisive project in eastern North Carolina. The citizens of Perquimans County have fought vehemently against the construction of wind energy facilities and have sought to deny developers the conditional use permit from the count…

More solar on horizon — Alliance targeted

Small town sets hearing for Aug. 8 From lower left: Town clerk Linda Marshall, mayor Frank Willis, and commissioners Will Riggs and Louis Daniels. ALLIANCE – Not quite a critic but definitely a skeptic, Louis Daniels is one elected official who wants to see all of the details about any proposed solar farm for his close knit, micro small community. The town, which straddles Highway 55 in Pamlico County, has no zoning and few, if any, land use regulations. Typically, local governance here is LAID BACK (with a capital L). That would seem to make a 50-acre farm field, which lies just inside the town…

Feds want more ethanol

Critics hope comment period can derail proposal Gordon Allison, Jr. By Gordon Allison, Jr. News Analysis WASHINGTON, D.C. — Back in 2005, Congress passed a law titled the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires blending of ethanol – a type of alcohol — into our gasoline. It doesn’t matter that ethanol is made mostly from corn, and that its production boosts corn prices and increases pollution in our waterways. Originally, this blending of ethanol and gasoline was called “Gasohol” and it was a 10 percent blend of alcohol with 90 percent straight gas. This is now ca…

Solar Farms headed our way

(Click to enlarge) PAMLICO COUNTY – Two limited liability companies with ties to Santa Monica, Calif.-based Cypress Creek Renewables will soon break ground on large tracts (one behind Food Lion in Grantsboro, and the other near the DPD Concrete Plant in Alliance) in order to construct massive solar-powered generating facilities. Known as Anjuna Solar and Coogee Solar, the operations each have a 35-year lease on their respective locations, and will sell power to Duke Energy Progress. Each facility is expected to cost approximately $10 million with an anticipated output of 10.5 millio…

Creek Keeper launches legislative arm-twisting

Jordon Lake (file photo) By Bill Hines, Creek Keeper NEUSE RIVER – I am asking readers of the County Compass to oppose the state Senate proposals in House Bill 1030 that would block cleanup plans for impaired bodies of water such as Jordan Lake, Falls Lake (headwaters of the Neuse), the Catawba River, and Randleman Reservoir. The premise for the provision – that North Carolina’s nutrient management strategies have not worked and will not work – is false. The strategies have reduced nitrogen and phosphorus pollution input where they have been implemented. The NC Senate has inserted l…

Should we worry about sea level rise? Droz knows!

Scientist to address Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association John Droz, Jr. NEW BERN – Perhaps best known as an anti-wind power activist, John Droz, Jr. will address members of the Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association this Tuesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in the Stanly Hall Ballroom on Pollock Street in downtown New Bern. However, for this presentation, Droz focuses on newly proposed maps to delineate flood plains, which are supposed to reflect a projected sea level rise. Droz, always a well-informed skeptic when it comes to government intervention in our economy, is expected to outline t…

County to State: STOP SPRAYING!

Officials adopt no-nonsense resolution Click to enlarge…

Spraying kills ‘Variety Vacationland’

Dying roadside vegetation shocks visitors PAMLICO COUNTY – Penny wise and pound foolish prevails as a common theme among the letters and e-mails that this newspaper continues to receive regarding recent chemical spraying along the county’s roadways. State Department of Transportation officials describe the practice as a safe, wisely considered alternative to more costly mowing and trimming. This week’s correspondence from New Bern resident Ann Knowles — in which she credits an original letter from Jeff Lomer — is an excellent example of almost universal sentime…

‘Utter disregard’ for beauty of nature

Is this DOT payback for opposition to ferry tolls? By Lee & Ed Duer Oriental Citizens Lee Duer: I, too, am outraged at the actions of the DOT in defoliating state roadways in Pamlico County. I agree with previous letters to your newspaper regarding the devastation to our ecosystem, the negative impact on tourism, and the total eyesore for all of us traveling through Pamlico County on a daily basis. It occurs to me that perhaps Pamlico County is being punished for opposing DOT’s proposed ferry tolls. It seems the whole purpose of the spraying was to create something offensive and u…

Creek Keeper issues statement

By Bill Hines Oriental Creek Keeper PAMLICO COUNTY — As a follow-up to recent articles in the County Compass about Krenite being sprayed along our county’s roadways, I drove several of the roads in Craven, Carteret and Beaufort Counties looking to see if they were also using Krenite to kill the weeds along their roads, but could find no evidence of its use in those counties. I was able to find out from our county DOT that the chemicals were applied by NCDOT Roadside Environmental Unit (REU) whose Mission Statement is: “To provide roadside elements for a statewide highway system t…
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