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A group of residents opposed to the project, called "Concerned Citizens of Merritt Township," have hired a Saginaw attorney to represent them in their attempt to change the township's 2010 ordinance that would increase the minimum distance between a wind turbine and a home from a quarter-mile to a half-mile.
The Kobetzes claim the wind tower's motion and noise from the turbine has resulted in a loss of property value and loss of enjoyment of their property. The Spencers claim that placement of the electricity-generating tower is allowed by township zoning and protected under the Michigan Right to Farm Act.
Dave and Stephanie Hulthen spoke on "Life with Dekalb Turbines". They are from DeKalb County, Illinois. They live in the middle of an industrial wind farm. There are thirteen industrial wind turbines located within one mile of their home, two within 1400 feet. Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition (IICC) hosted a seminar at the Blissfield Middle School in Michigan. IICC is opposing wind turbine siting in Riga, Ogden and Fairfield townships, Michigan. Duration: 41 minutes 29 seconds
Not everyone is happy about it. A group of about 20 residents, calling themselves the "Concerned Citizens of Merritt Township," aren't filing petitions but are going to residents' homes providing information on what they call the dangers of wind farms.
While the report says published evidence directly linking noise from wind turbines to adverse health effects is based on studies of airport and road traffic noise, "there is no reason to suspect wind turbine noise will have less of a harmful effect than noise from road traffic or airplanes," Rosenman said.
Exiting Emmet County planning director Brentt Michalek said he feels the 35 decibel level at the property line and 400-foot height restriction will stand in the future for Emmet County, as more and more developers begin to prospect in the county.
The zoning administrator in Clay Banks Township, John Muchna, thinks 3,000 feet is the minimum distance needed to protect everyone's health and safety. He says that was the best the township could do, "to try and make everybody half way happy.
The movie (WINDFALL), which presents no views or facts either supporting or contradicting the claims made by the worried residents it interviews, clearly influenced the opinions of many in attendance, including Beulah resident Alice Mummey. Ms. Mummey says she is sympathetic to environmental causes ...But she said the movie gave her pause when it comes to building a wind farm in her own county.
One of the companies working on a proposed wind energy project in southeastern Lenawee County told a gathering Tuesday night that it would pay neighbors of parcels with the proposed windmills $1,500 a year. ...To receive the payment, people would have to live within a half-mile of a turbine, according to the news release.
A big wind energy proposal near Lake Michigan is promising to pump about a hundred million dollars into the economy over the next couple of decades. Supporters see wind as a good alternative to burning more coal. But questions are being raised about possible health effects from such large scale projects.
On Jan. 1, a new Wisconsin state law took effect that wind energy advocates call an important step - and even a national model - for alleviating the chaotic and shifting patchwork of municipal and county siting regulations that can create great uncertainty and moving goalposts for wind developers.
Rochelle Rolenhagen, who is writing the ordinance for Pleasanton Township, said her views on wind turbines have changed. She believes the company is intentionally preying upon poor people in an area that couldn't profitably produce electricity for wind if it weren't for a 30% federal subsidy. "A year ago, I was so pro wind you have no idea. But this is a community-changing event because it is superimposing on our rural residential townships.
During Monday's hearing, Knoblock weighed in on arguments from attorneys representing Noble Environmental Power, LLC, regarding its request to have Count IV of negligent misrepresentation dismissed. Attorneys from John Deere Renewables, John Deere and Michigan Wind I, LLC asked the judge to dismiss Count III of negligent design of a wind farm and Count IV of negligent misrepresentation.
Tani Wright says, "Of every concern that's been displayed here tonight, I haven't heard a single positive." And Germaine Binns says, "The noise is the biggest factor, just like the attorney said. Even our own attorney said he wouldn't want to live next to one." Riga Township hired an attorney because of the plans.
The lake's sailing community is just one of the factions lining up to oppose plans from SouthPoint Wind to put turbines in the lakes in Canadian waters. Opponents have expressed concerns over the wind farms' impact on everything from property values to recreational boating to wildlife. ..."A U.S. citizen who doesn't like the way the wind farm looks across the lake can't just go into Canadian court and sue to try and stop it," said Nick Schroeck, executive director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center.
Citing a loss of property value and quality of life as a result of the Ubly area Michigan Wind I development, 16 Huron County residents filed a lawsuit earlier this month against the wind project's various companies. ...In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs claim they have property rights and privileges with respect to the use and enjoyment of their property, and the defendants interfered with those rights by creating, through the operation of the wind farm, "significant and material intrusions upon the plaintiffs' property."
At least two members of the Planning Commission responsible for addressing a number of complaints about noise have contracts to install turbines on their own property. This situation prompted a suit by residents impacted by noise from the turbines. Duration: 3 minutes 7 seconds
The Lake Michigan P.O.W.E.R. (Protect Our Water, Economy and Resources) Coalition would like to remind readers about some critical facts regarding offshore wind development and the company aggressively pursuing our shoreline that are important to understand before taking a stance one way or another or rushing into any significant development in one of our greatest natural treasures.
Now a new community-level movement is arising in Michigan and across the Great Lakes region. This time, established green groups may be separating themselves from it. As Michigan and other state and provincial agencies move to authorize wind farms in the Great Lakes, enviros outside the affected communities are not likely to join offshore wind opponents in any significant numbers.
Proponents Point to Reduced Fossil-Fuel Use and New Jobs, But Some Worry About the Environment-and the View.