Rumor had it, that the Noble Corporation had liens against it. At the Wyoming County Court House, there are 19 mechanics liens filed in connection with the Noble Wethersfield Wind Park, owned and operated by Noble Corporation. A mechanic lien is filed: "when a person or business doesn't receive payment for a service or material."
I wonder if the Wethersfield landowners who hold leases with Noble were aware that if Noble didn't pay debts, their property would have a lien placed on it? Were these property owners notified of their liens or did they discover this through the media? What will these liens against the property owners do to their credit ratings? If the leaseholder wants to sell a part of their property, will they be able to? Is Noble really in bankruptcy? Will the damaged roads be repaired? Will the drainage and other problems on the leased land be fixed? Will a former employee who has placed liens against Noble be paid? Now will all the promises of "green" dollars to the towns and schools actually be paid?
For three years, we in North Perry have pleaded with our Perry Town Board not to allow Horizon Wind Energy, a Portuguese owned corporation, to place turbines 1,500 feet from our homes. We don't want to live with the flicker, sound and have our property value plummet. Now we have another plea, after reading in the media report what is occurring in Wethersfield. Please don't put our town in jeopardy by making a deal with another corporation that might put us in financial difficulties. With the state of the economy and the world's financial problems, I trust our Town Board will take a strong look at what the future could hold with a foreign owned turbine corporation. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.