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Lyme wind developers have acted unethically

The Town Council and Planning Board were castigated by a number of speakers for providing too much protection as in the required setbacks bring greater than those of other towns and noise-level restrictions being more restrictive than those of other towns. One farmer spoke out forcefully stating that the wind development company had told him that he could have many wind turbines on his land and now under the proposed law will have fewer. The wind developers have acted in an unethical fashion by approaching farmers and other landowners, in some cases years prior to announcing their intentions to the entire community. ...These developers know that small towns, such as Lyme, have no zoning or land-use regulations in place that are appropriate to industrial-scale wind turbine developments. If they had acted responsibly and ethically, they would have first approached town officials with their plans and then waited while the town's planning board and council developer appropriate land-use regulations.

I attended hearings, as did many of our residents, about the proposed wind-energy facilities law for the town of Lyme on Jan. 5 and Jan. 12. Although the hearings maintained a tone of civility, I realize the town has been split into two opposing groups.

The Town Council and Planning Board were castigated by a number of speakers for providing too much protection as in the required setbacks bring greater than those of other towns and noise-level restrictions being more restrictive than those of other towns. One farmer spoke out forcefully stating that the wind development company had told him that he could have many wind turbines on his land and now under the proposed law will have fewer.

The wind developers have acted in an unethical fashion by approaching farmers and other landowners, in some cases years prior to announcing their intentions to the entire community. Some farmers and landowners signed contracts with the wind energy developers year before the general population was made aware of the possibility of wind energy facilities in Lyme.

These developers know that small towns, such as Lyme, have no zoning or land-use regulations in place that are appropriate to industrial-scale wind turbine developments. If they... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

I attended hearings, as did many of our residents, about the proposed wind-energy facilities law for the town of Lyme on Jan. 5 and Jan. 12. Although the hearings maintained a tone of civility, I realize the town has been split into two opposing groups.

The Town Council and Planning Board were castigated by a number of speakers for providing too much protection as in the required setbacks bring greater than those of other towns and noise-level restrictions being more restrictive than those of other towns. One farmer spoke out forcefully stating that the wind development company had told him that he could have many wind turbines on his land and now under the proposed law will have fewer.

The wind developers have acted in an unethical fashion by approaching farmers and other landowners, in some cases years prior to announcing their intentions to the entire community. Some farmers and landowners signed contracts with the wind energy developers year before the general population was made aware of the possibility of wind energy facilities in Lyme.

These developers know that small towns, such as Lyme, have no zoning or land-use regulations in place that are appropriate to industrial-scale wind turbine developments. If they had acted responsibly and ethically, they would have first approached town officials with their plans and then waited while the town's planning board and council developer appropriate land-use regulations.

If they had approached landowners with proposals that conformed to the town's land-use law, they would not have set people up for later disappointment. The developer had no authority, in the absence of a local land-use law, to promise landowners that they would have any specific number of wind turbines on their lands.

The town board and its Planning Board have crafted a law taking into account the wishes of town residents, as expressed in a survey of residents, as well as internationally accepted standards of noise abatement. The anger, from the frustration of those who now find that they may not be able to have wind turbines or may have fewer wind turbines than promised, should be directed at the wind energy developer for acting improperly and prematurely. The town board and the Planning Board, in developing the proposed law, have acted prudently and properly and deserve the support of residents.

Albert H. Bowers III


Source: http://www.watertowndailyti...

JAN 18 2008
http://www.windaction.org/posts/12865-lyme-wind-developers-have-acted-unethically
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