Opposition blows up: Some object to second coastal wind farm

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — As the largest windfarm in the southeastern United States is being built near Elizabeth City some people are concerned about plans for a second wind farm with even larger turbines near the North Carolina coast.

The wind farm under construction will provide power for Amazon data centers.

But The News and Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/2aVSCkG ) opponents backed by law firms in Raleigh and Durham are fighting a second wind farm, the Apex Timbermill Wind project. The newspaper reports some state lawmakers want stricter standards for the project.

Hearings on conditional use permits for the second turbine farm are being held in Perquimans and Chowan Counties later this month.

An Apex spokesman says turbines are consistent with the existing agricultural zoning and landowners will benefit from leases for their property.

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