– The state House today overwhelmingly passed House Bill 188
, legislation authored by state Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Harborcreek) that promotes the expanded use of wind power. The bill may now be considered by the state Senate.
“I originally introduced this legislation four years ago and we have now managed for a second time to get it through the House for consideration by the Senate,” Sonney said. “I’m hoping this is the first step toward eventually advancing the bill to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk for his signature.”
House Bill 188 would allow an owner of preserved farmland to grant access for the installation of a wind power generation system on the property. Parameters for construction include a minimum 50 acres of currently preserved farmland.
“Under existing law, owners of preserved farm land may grant a right-of-way for the installation, transportation or use of water, sewage, electric, telephone, coal or non-coal minerals by underground mining methods,” added Sonney. “It’s simply common sense to allow them this additional use of their property.”
Questions about this or any legislative issues may be directed to Sonney’s Corry office at (814) 664-9126, or his Harborcreek office at (814) 897-2080.
Representative Curt Sonney
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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