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DECATUR – Construction on the Radford’s Run Wind Farm project in northwestern Macon County will continue after a Macon County judge denied a motion to grant summary judgment for three dozen landowners suing to halt the project.
Rock Island Clean Line withdrew its petition Thursday seeking permission from the Iowa Utilities Board to build an electric transmission line across Iowa — a move that the project's opponents hailed as a victory for state landowners.
The energy company has faced 4 years of fierce legal opposition led by the Illinois Landowners Alliance, the Illinois Farm Bureau, and ComEd. Clean Line Energy learned Nov. 23 of the high court’s decision to review the appellate court’s ruling. The company maintains that the project would bring low-cost clean energy, hundreds of good jobs, and revenue for communities in the project areas.
Built in 2009, Minonk Wind Farm did not provide the county with an updated decommissioning report until this year. Last year, the county hired an independent engineering company to create an updated report, which the wind farm initially agreed to pay for. The company later changed its mind and provided a simplified report of its own.
As a result, the lawsuit alleges, the Haleys' farm was "subject to large amounts of debris and soil infiltration, degrading the effectiveness of the soil on much of the 160 acres."
Macon County officials failed to provide statutory notices for a public hearing as well as essential information in-regard to the proposed wind farm project, a petition for review filed by landowners near the project’s location claims. ...Other issues the claim raises includes how residents who sought information on Twin Forks’ application were not given a copy until after the initial Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, which the case states prevented opposition from gathering information and providing its own experts to speak to the county board on the potential negative impact of the project.
This land is set to become a wind farm, but dozens are suing the county to stop it from being built. Almost 40 residents have signed onto the lawsuit. They say their rights have been violated, specifically their right to due process. Landowners say the county zoning board didn't provide enough notice for meetings about the project and they feel their voices are being ignored.
An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday nixed a bid for attorneys' fees by property owners and renters in a dispute with the federal government over the environmental implications of a proposed tribe-backed wind farm, saying that eligibility issues among the individual plaintiffs had muddied the waters.
After many months of ZBA hearings, Agriculture, Zoning and Emergency Services Committee discussions and a lot of contentious community discussion, the County Board finally voted 13-9 for the appeals board’s recommendation to deny the Invenergy application.
One person speaking in opposition referred to the contract as a bribe and another raised the question as to whether or not the conditions of the contract were within the authority of the school board. The board also heard from a man who once lived within the footprint of an existing wind farm and has since abandoned his home due to the sleep disturbances he said his family experienced once the turbines were activated.
U.S. District Judge Michael Mihm of the Central District Court in Peoria ruled that the wind farm’s contract with the government agency wasn’t exempt from a federal review of environmental impacts. Although the extent of the developer’s obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act are not yet known, the project could be delayed for years.
Highland and Vienna townships are embroiled in a lawsuit with the wind farm, alleging the company breached its contracts by not indemnifying the townships for costs associated with the road repairs. ...“There was a failure associated with a substantial percent of roadways. You had people who couldn’t get to their homes without their cars being completely covered in tar."
“The only way they would satisfy the citizens in the lawsuits I’m involved with is that they not be around,” Gerdes said. “We’re not here to be bought off. We don’t want turbine installations. They damage the quality of life and existence of neighbors who are poor, innocent bystanders. We will fight them forever.”
By a 3-2 vote, the Zoning Board of Appeals recommended denial of Ireland-based Mainstream Renewable Power's proposed 53 turbines. The County Board, which meets May 21, has the final say. The decision ended a decade in which the wind energy industry largely drove the county's approval process.