Articles filed under Impact on People from Missouri

As Kansas, Missouri keep building wind, some communities look to regulate

Last year, NextEra added 120 turbines in neighboring Nemaha County, Kansas, surrounding Centralia and Corning. That neighboring wind farm, which began operations in 2020, was a warning to some residents of Marshall County, who say the looming turbines, blinking red lights, engine humming and whooshing sounds when the blades rotate past the turbine’s tower will diminish their quality of life.
30 May 2021

Controversial wind turbines divide town north of Kansas City, blow out TV reception

The turbines were controversial from the get-go. Farmers who allowed them on their land welcomed the extra cash. They are paid about $8,500 a year for each turbine. ...However, others felt the turbines destroyed the beauty and peacefulness of the area. "We're tried to stay out of it," said Perkins' wife Monica. "It is their property to do whatever they want, but when it starts affecting everyone around them... I don't think that's right."
24 Feb 2017

Windfall: Documenting the backlash against wind energy

The wind industry will no doubt try to dismiss Windfall as a piece of anti-"green" energy agitprop. But the controversies over wind energy development that Israel exposes in Meredith are not going away. Indeed, as the wind industry continues its breakneck expansion here in the US and around the world, the number of controversies like the one in Meredith, along with the number of mad-as-hell landowners like Charlie Porter, will only increase.
29 Sep 2010

Wind energy woes

Charlie Porter has farmed north of King City for years, but it's the new farm next door he says is robbing his family. Talking about the Wind Capital facility nearby, Porter explains, "These windmills have stole our peace and quiet." The massive wind energy farm was built around his ranch a few years ago, changing the look and "sound" of things.
17 Feb 2010

Farmer vs. Missouri's First Wind Farm

Wind farms might reduce air pollution. But, one neighbor in King City, Missouri says they're a major source of noise pollution. Now, the man is suing the operators of Missouri's first wind farm. If wind farms are the nation's future, Charlie Porter says look out. He calls them a nightmare especially when he tries to go to bed at night.
3 Feb 2009

Wind farms stir trouble in northwest Mo.

Here in this northwest Missouri farm town, 27 industrial wind turbines have been generating more than electricity -- health concerns, a federal lawsuit and a family feud, for starters. The wind industry, which produces about 1 percent of the nation's energy, has gained considerable purchase in the U.S, growing by 45 percent last year. ...Now come claims that industrial windmills cause what one researcher calls "wind turbine syndrome," a range of symptoms that include headaches, anxiety, sleep problems and dizziness in some people who live close by. "It's like someone swinging a rope over your head," says Gentry County horse breeder Charlie Porter of the several wind turbines within about 2,000 feet of his home near King City.
21 May 2008
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