Copy/paste the above link and listen to a radio show expressing community complaints with BigWind and the resulting violence against property. Although we encourage you to listen to all of the link, even if you only listen to a few minutes, you will be shocked!!! Could these problems affect our communities and families in Ohio? YOU BETCHA!
In a somewhat surprising but welcome turn of events, the Indian Lake community has awakened to the reality of Everpower’s Scioto Ridge development. Saturday’s Urbana Citizen reported that a petition to intervene and a request for rehearing were filed in the Scioto Ridge case by a group of Indian Lake residents who were not parties to the case when it was originally heard by the Ohio Power Siting Board. The petitioners claim they should be allowed to intervene because they had absolutely no idea the project was planned. One could ask, why not? Lake residents are “summer people”. Everpower was careful to publish their initial notice the day after Labor Day when everyone had closed up for the summer. Subsequent local notices were published Nov. 9th and December 27th. The petition claims that the project does not serve the public interest and property values will be destroyed. We have certainly heard the property value claim before and we agree. Why might it be different this time? Because one of the petitioners is Charles Ruma whose biography, includes that during his 43 years as a homebuilder, his company has built over 14,000 single family homes and “is recognized as one of the leaders in the residential real estate field in Central Ohio.” Mr. Ruma served as the President of the National Association of Home Builders in 1999. Welcome to the battle Mr. Ruma!
In an effort to counter the mounting opposition to Scioto Ridge, Everpower commissioned a “survey” to reflect support for their project. The Kenton Times reported on the survey in a recent article. The spin will make you dizzy. Op-Ed columnist for the Columbus Dispatch took a few shots at the polls that appear around election time in his Easter column: “With a gubernatorial election looming, the poll-jockey school of Ohio politics has returned. You know how that works: A poll “says” this, a poll “says” that. …At this stage of Ohio’s Campaign ’14, polling releases are aimed not at marshalling evidence but at boosting campaign morale and luring donations. “ (or in this case, tax abatement!) Today’s Dispatch discusses a poll showing public support for oil and gas. The article concludes: “Also this week, Ohio Advanced Energy Economy released a poll showing majority support for state requirements for renewable energy. You could look at the two polls together and try to figure out what this says about Ohioans’ viewpoints on energy. Maybe it’s saying that these issues are too complex to fit into a series of simple questions.” Curious, too, how many Ohioans did they ‘poll’? The amount is laughable…
While we sometimes joke in the face of a very serious threat to our way of life, our homes and our families, we must remember that wind development is a very serious matter and tempers flare when those with much to lose are threatened. Such is the case now in Ontario where the prospect of violence is a growing concern. Our Canadian friends sent us this link to a radio interview from Good Friday describing the situation. Warning – it is very disturbing. “Slashed tires and a torched bulldozer: the tension is growing as hundreds more turbines are going up.”