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Monday, June 5, 2017

JKLM Energy Clarifies Dispute With Big Level Wind In Hector Townshiip, Potter County


19 comments :

Anonymous said...

This is just the being of the problems for Hector township with the waste of time wind industry.

Anonymous said...

Big Level Wind has a great sound to it and most of us by instincts would support renewable energy, but behind the mask is a big corporation using the subsidies and tax incentives that we the taxpayers are giving them to erect these giant towers where there is not that much wind. Why Hector Township? Because John Hancock Insurance wants to make some dough off the land they bought with rate payers money and they gambled that the big corporation could come in and entice the township with promises of money money money that made the wind project look so appealing. That is the truth behind all of the talk. In this case the gas company has taken the high road and the points of this ad by JKLM are valid. "Go green" is a great goal but not with this poor project in Hector Township.

Anonymous said...

SOOO does JKLM think they have a monopoly on all this and can do what they want? I don't think we need their trucks pounding the crap out of our dirt roads and running all night long while taxpayers are trying to sleep. Wind turbines do not pose any threat to the watershed.

Anonymous said...

Check out the agreement Hector Township made with Big Level - if they can keep the tax assessment really low (and give less money to the county and school district) Big Level agrees to share some of the savings with the township. So whose side will they be on if the project gets built, Big Level's or the taxpayer's? There's a reason that Hector Township has been so supportive, and as usual its money. I wouldn't trust anyone associated with that wind farm project.

jack young said...

I've been involved with both Big Level and JKLM over the past year since we have both oil & gas rights and timber land in the area where the two projects have been proposed. Both parties knew that they could save money if they worked together, but so far Big Level has shown no interest in cooperating. All they needed to do was move 3 of their 26 turbines and JKLM would be able to do all their drilling, but so far they haven't agreed to move a single thing. I'd like to see both projects get built, but right now I have to support JKLM in their legal action because Big Level just won't cooperate.

And I agree with the comment about the tax assessment situation being an embarrassment. Hector Township has indeed signed an agreement with Big Level that pays the township extra if the tax assessment is low. On a $150 Million project, this could cost Potter County and Northern Potter School District taxpayers almost $3 Million/year. Nobody comes out ahead except Hector Township and Big Level. Why Hector Township was willing to support an effort to shortchange the county and school district I have no idea, but this is just plain wrong.

See for yourself - ask for a copy of the Host Community Agreement Hector Township and Big Level signed on March 28, 2016 by using the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know law.

Anonymous said...

I love to see utility companies fight and compete. Competition is always good for the consumer. If natural gets cheaper or remains the same I will stick with gas, but if electric gets cheaper I would consider changing to electric heat.

Joe Lagrua said...

I'm neutral. But let's take a look at the situation. Seems to me there is some type of a hidden agreement between the township and the wind energy company that benefits the supervisors and not any other taxing agency. This is wrong. if we had a newspaper that actually investigate stories we could then have all the information printed so the taxpayer could come to some kind of conclusion as to what is really happening. I applaud JKLM to taking legal action to protect their investment

Karen Cahilly said...

The Township has no authority to waive taxes imposed by the school district or the county. Otherwise, I'm sure the Township would have elected to waive all State and Federal taxes for it's residents as well.

Anonymous said...

Money! Money is the root of ALL evil...
They don't care who they rip off while they bring in the $ bill to benefit themselves......

Karen Cahilly said...

Amen.

Anonymous said...

If the Township has no authority to waive or influence taxes, why is it in their agreement? We need the full taxes from both projects! Moving 3 turbines out of 26 doesn't sound like asking to much to me.

jack young said...

If you read the agreement between Big Level and Hector Township and study the formula used to calculate their "Annual Host Community Payment", you'll find that Hector Township would get more money overall if the assessment of Big Level's planned wind farm was less than $1 Million than they would if it was $50 Million. That's more than a little suspicious on it's own, but it's just the tip of the iceberg. While the township doesn't set the tax assessments on specific properties they can certainly appeal ones they don't like (or support a Big Level appeal) and if they didn't have some influence over the process you wouldn't have so much of their agreement with Big Level devoted to this topic. There are provisions designed to keep their tax and assessment details confidential by giving Big Level notice any time a member of the public asks for information to allow Big Level time to take action to "prevent or limit the disclosure", another that forces Hector Township to "understand and agree" to Big Level's planned approach to the valuation question (which appears to be pretend that none of their facilities ever got built and just assess the raw land) and that's not all. In one section of the agreement the Township even agrees not to count the planned $150 Million of improvements in the assessed value of the property and promises never to request a reassessment by the county.

Ask Hector Township for a copy of the agreement, and if they give it to you, read sections 3, 4, 5 and 12(e) in particular. Then ask yourself if you think the Township should be making promises like that to an out-of-state business. Then ask yourself if you would trust Big Level if you were JKLM.

Anonymous said...



Wind turbines are losers. I live where we have them and our electric bill went up to subsidize them because they cost more that they can make electricity. Gas, water, and nuclear electricity are all much cheaper and water is much cleaner. Also, the turbines kill hundreds of thousands of birds including eagles every year.

Anonymous said...

I submitted a comment that was a fact and it was filtered out. Don't know why. Again post 6.32. The gas rates DID go up again. Central Penn raised ours 8% starting June 1, 2017. That's an increase of 8 percent June 1 2017. I have the bill, the notice if anybody wants to see it, I amean not a liar!

Anonymous said...

11:22 PM--Your comment was not posted because the price of natural gas has nothing at all to do with the story or JKLM. The price of natural gas and other commodities is determined by supply and demand. The producer (JKLM) and the farmer is forced to accept the offered payment or not sell the product. Increases in the demand for natural gas caused by increased usage and shipping it overseas causes the price to go up. No one questions the rate increase, just the reason for it. JKLM's drilling is more likely to lower the price of Natural Gas.

Anonymous said...

JKLM sure hasn't lowered anything but the right to say No! My answered was for post 6.32 who made the remark that gas rates were staying the same and he would change his mind if prices went up. My answered was reliavent to what 6.32 said. Your remarks is not reliavent to his remarks, or my previous answer. Censorship is not always reliavent to the story either, just check out other posts, some remarks are really out in left Field! Besides, just what does JKLM hold over us that no matter what they do the response is always, always in their favorite. WHY?

Anonymous said...

Two giant corporations fighting over little Potter County,I guess Hector has what they want.

Anonymous said...

Legally, JKLM is in the right.

Anonymous said...

Like I just said, you think JKLM is always right, WHY?