So, you wouldn’t mind BigWind in your backyard? Think again…

Peruse their website below and you will read testimony from multiple families who are suffering as a result of living near large industrial turbines. You might say, “well that is not nearly as bad as what the coal industry has done to WVa. recently!” If you think like this, you are naively ignorant. Please read some of the environmental concerns on my website and you will learn that the process of making turbines is anything BUT green (except to foreign companies, that is). Toxic lakes are brewing in Mongolia and remember that we can NOT sustain our electricity needs with BigWind b/c turbines need to constantly be “backed up” by coal/gas/nuclear/hydro…

 To any landowner considering signing a lease agreement with a wind power company to host wind turbines on your land, do you really know what youre getting yourself into? Instead of listening to promises by salesmen, look at the mess in Lee County, Ill., for a glimpse of the reality that may be heading your way. I’m a farmer, township trustee and participating landowner in the Shady Oaks Wind Farm where I have four turbines on my land within a half mile of my home. When I signed up, corn was a third of todays price, and there are other things I wish I wouldve known before signing. First, the companys business strategy is to name and sell the idea of a wind development to another company for construction once its approved. After securing acreage for Shady Oaks, they sold the project to a Chinese wind turbine manufacturer and partner of theirs. The original company disappeared after the project changed hands, and the number of turbines grew from 30 to 72. Now nine months after construction, the township is still waiting for $800,000 to fix the roads. Second, they destroy crops and roads with no regard to landowners. They used nonparticipating farm fields as driveways, tile was crushed, and no one would listen to our complaints. Theres still damage to roads that trucks werent supposed to use but did anyway. To avoid road repair costs, roads were made through fields to transport heavy equipment. They blacktopped over a concrete bridge and later removed the blacktop but created big grooves in the concrete, leaving spaces for ice to enter. Residents resorted to calling the county sheriffs office to report some of the issues, but thats not good use of taxpayers money. As for my farm, I now have a considerable amount of land permanently taken out of production, and the few aerial applicators that are willing to spray among turbines charge significantly more. Finally, the noise is awful and we currently have shadow flicker from east and west. There is nothing serene left to this area with the noise, moving blades, flashing lights, and bickering neighbors. The extra income is not worth the problems they produce.

via Testimony.

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