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Sierra Club Supports Proposed VA Wind Farm

An official with Sierra Club's Roanoke chapter resigned in protest after the group decided to support a proposed wind farm on Poor Mountain.

Chicago-based Invenergy has proposed building 15 to 18 wind turbines that could generate enough electricity to power about 8,000 homes.

"The Roanoke Times" reports that the Roanoke chapter's executive committee Wednesday approved a resolution endorsing the plan, with conditions. The conditions include requirements that the project won't kill endangered wildlife or pollute nearby Bottom Creek with mud and silt.

Vice Chairwoman Holly Hartman resigned shortly after the vote. She said the local chapter's leadership stifled dissenting opinion.

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