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Are wind turbines bad for you? Do they keep people up at night? Are they annoying? Do they negatively impact health? Are they dangerous? These questions are on Cass County residents’ minds as a company prepares to bring as many as 150 wind turbines to Adams, Bethlehem, Boone and Harrison townships in the northern part of the county along with neighboring Miami County.
I live with the people who are adversely affected by industrial wind turbines and deeply regret having signed the documents enabling the construction of the wind farm. This is why I am sharing my experience ... so that you will not have to regret being a part of facilitating something that is a "windfall" to a few, but a curse to many.
As a Tipton County property owner, I did extensive research on the possible effects of having Industrial Wind Turbines. Our county was the first to attempt to have the turbines located close to residential homes and communities. Recently, I read Wind Watch online regarding Fulton, Miami, and Cass counties being interested in having a windfarm. I would like to pass along some findings of over 1,000 hours of research regarding this situation.
This page contains three (3) separate letters submitted to the paper describing individual experiences with the operating wind turbines in the community
A landowner has the right to install a wind turbine or anything else on his property but he has the responsibility to make sure it doesn’t harm his neighbors. Scientific studies suggest that low-frequency noise from wind turbines, for example, may make people sick ...If that turns out to be true, the landowner should be forced to take steps to prevent such harm,
"I want what is best for us, and I don’t like making comment about what others do on their own land," Etchison wrote in an email. "But when they plant a forest of 500-foot towers with rotating tops in my world, and when it’s a precarious endeavor only held up by a tax credit, then they have closely involved me and my land."
Private developers are in an aggressive push to double the number of Indiana's wind farms. But they must contend with neighbors, lawsuits and the fickle support of elected officials who once welcomed them and are now changing their minds. ...Kenney said the state won't push for wind-energy projects where they're not welcome.
This very sad, but now all too common letter discussing wind turbine impacts is published here with the permission of the author.
A battle over wind turbines is brewing in Henry County. Landowners have already been approached by a Texas-based firm to allow them to place the giant turbines on their property.
A third company is looking to Henry County for the development of a wind farm and an opposition group has already been formed. ...A request filed with the Henry County Planning Commission for the placement of a 328-foot meteorological tower to gather wind speed and directional data has been withdrawn indefinitely.
The 1/4-mile set-back for each is not nearly enough. They will be in your backyard, literally. We spoke to a homeowner with two of these monstrosities in the field behind her backyard. Her first words to us, upon learning of the possible venture coming to Henry County, was, "Oh, I'm so sorry for you."
Those residents in Posey and Fairview townships not participating, however, are concerned about the setback distance the county requires for a wind turbine to be from a nonparticipating property owner, according to Craig Mosburg, a member of the Wind Project Concerned Citizens group.
I made decisions based on what I thought the majority of the public favored. As it turned out, the “majority” didn’t perceive the development to be as “invasive” as it was. It wasn’t until the 500-foot towers went up that people saw how enormous and intrusive they were. The red blinking lights even disturb my own summer evenings and my home is 6 miles from the closest tower. I read that your county is on the brink of a wind farm development with the promise of “jobs,” and that your ordinance will supposedly protect you.
The following letter was written by Jane Harper, Tipton County Indiana Commissioner from 2009-2012. In addition to dedicating part of her life to public service, Jane is also a farmer. She originally wrote this letter to warn the Howard County Indiana officials about the many pitfalls of wind energy development, but it's message is equally applicable to Huntington County as well. This letter was also read directly to the members of the Huntington County Plan Commission on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, by HCCC Attorney Steven Snyder. Huntington County Commissioners Larry Buzzard and Rob Miller were also in attendance, and heard this letter read into the official record.
“(Citizens) feel that clean renewable energy that minimally impacts the environment and local residents can be positive for our communities and country. However, if local government is not prepared to deal with the many unknown issues associated with a wind project of this scale, caution and abundant due diligence should be exercised to prevent a fiasco ..."
Plans for a large wind turbine on Earlham College property have been put on hold. Originally scheduled to go before the Richmond Board of Zoning Appeals on Thursday, zoning requests for the proposed project at 1405 Abington Pike have been “postponed indefinitely.”
Huntington County Surveyor and Plan Commissioner Jay Poe said anyone will be able to share their opinions, but several more steps need to happen before the ordinance could be changed. Poe said at this point, he doesn’t think many farmers have agreed to lease their land for the wind farms. He said the farmland in southeast Huntington County is very fertile.
Melka said a June study found on May 20, the 50-decibel noise limit was exceeded by one turbine. He said the level was 51.6 decibels. "There was a potential turbine operating issue," he said. "The turbine was not facing the wind properly. The wind was coming from 240 degrees and the turbine positioned itself at 220 degrees."
Since it began operation in January, numerous complaints have been filed about the Wildcat Wind Farm in northern Tipton County. At least one is valid, said Steve Edson, administrator of the Tipton County Plan Commission. ...Wildcat developer E.ON Climate & Renewables has until Sept. 24 to resolve the issue.
This publicity is exactly what the wind companies wanted to avoid when they came in quickly and quietly to get leases signed and no one said a word. They and others like them (you can't begin to imagine how many more wind companies there are) understand that their business is controversial at best and damaging to the very communities they move into. They have done this a thousand times, and Big Wind knows from experience that people will stand and fight for their home value, health and safety.