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Bureau County wind farm disrupts daily life

Todd and Deb Anderson addressed the Bureau County Board Tuesday with complaints of poor television reception since the activation of the wind turbines that have been erected around their home this year, prompting board members to discuss imposing a moratorium on future wind farm developments in the county.

The Big Sky wind farm in north-central Bureau County is disrupting daily life for an Ohio couple.

Todd and Deb Anderson addressed the Bureau County Board Tuesday with complaints of poor television reception since the activation of the wind turbines that have been erected around their home this year, prompting board members to discuss imposing a moratorium on future wind farm developments in the county.

Todd Anderson said he started noticing problems with his TV reception in early October.

"It seemed to correlate with turning on the wind turbines. It was off and on in the beginning, but toward the end of the month, by the time they had most of them on, it became pretty much a 24/7 problem," he said.

"I used to get probably 10 or 12 channels till they started turning them on. Now I get one or two and that's on a good day."

By mid-November, the Andersons had started making calls to the wind farm developers to complain and were passed from one person to another. They were told that the developers knew of the problem and were conducting a three-week study. Later, the Andersons heard there would have to be another three-week... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The Big Sky wind farm in north-central Bureau County is disrupting daily life for an Ohio couple.

Todd and Deb Anderson addressed the Bureau County Board Tuesday with complaints of poor television reception since the activation of the wind turbines that have been erected around their home this year, prompting board members to discuss imposing a moratorium on future wind farm developments in the county.

Todd Anderson said he started noticing problems with his TV reception in early October.

"It seemed to correlate with turning on the wind turbines. It was off and on in the beginning, but toward the end of the month, by the time they had most of them on, it became pretty much a 24/7 problem," he said.

"I used to get probably 10 or 12 channels till they started turning them on. Now I get one or two and that's on a good day."

By mid-November, the Andersons had started making calls to the wind farm developers to complain and were passed from one person to another. They were told that the developers knew of the problem and were conducting a three-week study. Later, the Andersons heard there would have to be another three-week study.

"I've been without TV for two and a half months. It gets pretty old," Todd Anderson said.

Deb Anderson also brought up a safety hazard posed by her household's poor TV reception. When a tornado was approaching Princeton a few weeks ago, she said, she was watching the storm move in on TV. Her son attends school in Princeton and she was supposed to pick him up around the time the storm was moving through the area. When the wind shifted, her TV lost reception.

"I had no idea what the safety of, you know, anybody was because I didn't have television. Yes, I could have turned on my radio, but you know what, I shouldn't have to do that. I should have television," she said


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DEC 15 2010
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