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A U-turn on wind farms

It would behoove us as citizens to do as much research as possible to understand the full ramifications of the impact before these [wind farm] are installed. Once they go in, they are here to stay. A once thriving community will be dismantled -- forever.

Mike Mills

Mills lives on Poor Mountain.


Recently, it came to light that a wind farm is proposed on Poor Mountain. On the surface, this proposal seemed like a good idea to aid in our reduction of coal-based energy, which can be devastating to our environment.

I believed this idea, having not researched beyond the mainstream green value of this concept. Thankfully, a neighbor dug into this to see the outcomes in other areas where these farms have been installed. After reading his research, I felt compelled to further my understanding of the technology and what its impact could be on our community.

It is very clear that this will not have a good outcome for our area based on what other wind-farm community testimonials have revealed. There is an overwhelming body of evidence that this technology not only is not green, but also destroys the local fabric of affected communities through noise, environmental impact, health issues and loss of property value. People move if they can and the affected areas are not being repopulated. It seems no one wants to be near these things, apparently for good reasons.

This has major implications for the whole area of Roanoke, Salem and Floyd. Folks should also realize... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Mike Mills

Mills lives on Poor Mountain.


Recently, it came to light that a wind farm is proposed on Poor Mountain. On the surface, this proposal seemed like a good idea to aid in our reduction of coal-based energy, which can be devastating to our environment.

I believed this idea, having not researched beyond the mainstream green value of this concept. Thankfully, a neighbor dug into this to see the outcomes in other areas where these farms have been installed. After reading his research, I felt compelled to further my understanding of the technology and what its impact could be on our community.

It is very clear that this will not have a good outcome for our area based on what other wind-farm community testimonials have revealed. There is an overwhelming body of evidence that this technology not only is not green, but also destroys the local fabric of affected communities through noise, environmental impact, health issues and loss of property value. People move if they can and the affected areas are not being repopulated. It seems no one wants to be near these things, apparently for good reasons.

This has major implications for the whole area of Roanoke, Salem and Floyd. Folks should also realize that the testimonials and scientific studies are based on smaller versions of these turbines. Apparently, the proposed Poor Mountain turbines are to be the largest versions in the country to date. This can be difficult to comprehend; most people don't have a frame of reference for the size of these monsters. Also, keep in mind that initially the proposal calls for 18 turbines, eventually 70.

It would behoove us as citizens to do as much research as possible to understand the full ramifications of the impact before these are installed. Once they go in, they are here to stay. A once thriving community will be dismantled -- forever.


Source: http://www.roanoke.com/edit...

MAY 30 2010
http://www.windaction.org/posts/26548-a-u-turn-on-wind-farms
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