The latest noteworthy development in the continuing controversy over Torch Energy’s proposed Mill Pond wind turbine farm was the teleconference meeting earlier in the week of Governor McCrory’s Military Affairs Commission (MAC) with the General Assembly’s Legislative Affairs Committee (LAC). The Military Affairs Commission was established earlier this fall, on August 1st, with the goal of making North Carolina the “most military friendly state in the country”.
The MAC-LAC teleconference covered a number of agenda topics, with pending wind farm legislation being among them. John Droz was on the line, presenting the numerous concerns of the Carteret County citizenry, with a focus on the military aspects and the implications for Cherry Point in particular. In addition to John Droz, several elected officials spoke in opposition to the proposed project, including Senator Norman Sanderson, Representative Pat McElraft, Carteret County Commissioner Robin Comer, and US Representative G. K. Butterfield (Democrat, 1st District).
The next meeting of the MAC is scheduled for Tuesday, February 18, 2014.