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Subject: RE: FW: Contact the Governor - WV Division of Culture and


History
From: "Michael Morgan" <xxxx@xxx.xxx>
Date: Mon, December 07, 2009 10:17 am
To: "Governor" <governor@wv.gov>
Cc: "Dawn Barrett" <xxxx@xxxx.xxx>

Ms. Harrison,

I appreciate that it’s only been a few days, discounting weekends and Thanksgiving,
since you received and replied to my email to the Governor regarding the matter of
mitigation of historic sites. Please understand this mail is not intended to express concern
for the speed of your reply. To the contrary, we appreciate that you indicated you would
look into the matter and get back to us.

I do write today however, to express a new urgency regarding Camp Allegheny, a subject
of my earlier email, and the information brought to light by Ms. Dawn Barrett of
Pocahontas County. I urge you to read her summary of the rapidly developing efforts of
the State of Virginia to resolve the acknowledged serious negative impact the proposed
industrial wind complex will have on historic Camp Allegheny. Ms. Barrett’s comments
can be found Brightside Acres EX A Ms. Barrett just wrote to Kathleen Kilpatrick,
Director of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the text of which can be
found here – at Brightside Acres EX B.

These cross border issues, if allowed to be settled with a pittance rather than corrective
action, set a horrible precedent. While the Governor can only direct the actions of West
Virginia agencies, it will be his decision whether the state will protect historic sites in
West Virginia or continue to permit “selling the rights” to them, that may influence our
bordering states in their consideration of our request not to be negatively impacted by
their decisions. We recognize, with the push of opposing forces, it is a difficult
circumstance for the Governor, and I don’t envy his position.

However, we recognize that the severe impact of industrial wind on our region must be
considered in the aggregate, both within and in union with our neighbors. It is our
position that Governor Manchin should take the lead in perhaps forming a working group
of neighboring Governors to deal with this issue at a level worthy of its importance to the
environment, on which it has such a significant impact. I understand Governor Manchin
has taken steps to deal with the border location issue, but, unless those talks lead to a
greater debate about cross border view-shed issues, an opportunity will be lost.

I can assure you we are not a small fringe of naysayers or NIMBYS wishing to hold back
progress. As exampled by Ms. Barrett, the individuals I work with on these matters, to a
person, are very well informed, dedicated and have only the best interest of our state at
heart. Contrary to the developers of industrial wind, there is nothing to gain except to
protect our state’s heritage from what many feel is the uncontrolled onslaught of
industrial wind. We are frankly concerned that some agencies are unprepared to deal
with issues that have the potential to negatively alter our lands and cultures for decades to
come.

We respectfully request that, as you assess our concerns regarding the West Virginia
Division of Culture and History handling of the mitigation matter, you forward our urgent
concern to the Governor regarding Camp Allegheny and ask that he consult immediately
with Governor Kaine. We respectfully request that the Governor also consider
suspending all pending construction approvals for industrial wind within West Virginia
until such time as a full evaluation of inter- and intra-state protection of historic sites and
our ancient lands can be resolved. As I wrote earlier, it is difficult for the State of West
Virginia to request considerations from Virginia when not providing the same courtesy to
Maryland. Citizen groups are cooperating in such fashion and we hope that the
Governors in the region will form the same cooperative spirit, under the leadership of
Governor Manchin.

We are, of course, available to meet with you at a time of your convenience, or happy to
provide any and all information you may require to assist you and the Governor to
understand our concerns.

Thank you for your continued consideration,


Michael Morgan