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Now, a proposed wind turbine project atop Turkey Heaven Mountain may alter those views, adding spinning blades atop large towers that turn wind into electricity. ...The proposal has drawn heated opposition from some residents at public meetings, and left at least one family split on the issue.
Her mother, Cara Coker, said she talked with her daughter at dinner one night about the proposed project, and said she was “pretty passionate” about stopping the turbines. She said Lillian pounded her fist on the table and said, “They cannot put windmills on my mountain, I’ll stop them.”
The most concerning part of Williams’ research may have come from the realization that the State of Alabama has no laws on the books to protect citizens and communities when it comes to wind energy production. While regulations on coal mining require an almost unimaginable amount of research, proposals, permits, reclamation plans, insurance and numerous other safeguards overseen by independent government entities, wind farms are largely free to do as they please without any real oversight to speak of.
In Alabama, a Senate energy panel reviewed a measure to regulate turbines yesterday, moving the bill forward favorably late in the afternoon with a 5-1 vote. Wind projects are proposed for eight counties, said bill sponsor state Sen. Phil Williams (R) of Rainbow City. ..."There is absolutely no regulatory authority in Alabama regarding wind," Williams said. "We aren't saying you can't come here, but if you're going to come here, our citizens have to be protected."
The plaintiffs allege that the Cash defendants “are enriching themselves by allowing the giant wind turbines to be placed on their property, but they are destroying the scenic beauty of the area surrounding the property, diminishing the property values in the area and destroying the way of life of the surrounding property owners.”
The suit states that the company's plans to erect eight turbines in the county, projected at 570 feet tall, will not result in any substantial power because of the lack of potential wind energy in the area. This will result in the turbines eventually being abandoned, the suit claims. "There is little or no benefit to the public," it states.
After some research, she said, she soon became convinced that the turbines will not produce enough energy to justify their construction. She also feels the turbines will spoil the scenic view of the ridge that runs near her family's property. "We are wasting our mountain if this happens," she said
My home state and my current state are embroiled in an issue that emotionally and physically impacts residents of two counties: Baldwin County in Alabama, and Howard County, where I live, in Indiana. ...The outcomes of the political process in the two counties are diametrically opposed, with one county voting to allow wind farms and the other voting against deployment of huge turbines.
The suit asks for a court order that would authorize the County Commission to regulate the permitting, construction, placement and operation of wind turbines, wind mills, wind farms and any other wind-generated energy production facility or equipment operated in the unincorporated areas of Etowah County. It asks that the County Commission establish standards, specifications, criteria and conditions on the operations, and make a determination about appropriate sites where wind turbines can be located.
Since our local politicians have no authority to "meddle," as Jones says, there is no one with jurisdiction to seek the guarantees from Pioneer Green he suggests. A demolition bond won't protect property values or aesthetic beauty. ...Common sense tells me we should not let these out-of-towners, for the sake of corporate greed, come in and, with no regard, destroy the God-given bounty Jones spoke of and divide our community.
Residents of Owls Hollow Road gathered Saturday to share their opinion on the proposed wind farm on Lookout Mountain by Austin, Texas-based Pioneer Green Energy. Their opinion was simple and to the point - not here, not now, not ever.
Leesburg Mayor Edward Mackey addressed the commission before it voted on a few routine business items. "There are just too many red flags with this," Mackey said of the project. "Why should we have them here in the first place?" His short address drew applause from the crowd, several of them standing in the back of the room with the crowd spilling out into the hallway