Some Indiana farmers want BigWind kicked out of county!

Our Indiana neighbors are suffering and the green cash will delay or prevent the commissioners from doing what is best for their farmers. As BigWind spreads across our great lands, these problems will become more prevalent and it is only a matter of time before someone is killed from a blade or ice shear.  In the meantime, some residents suffer from the noise, sleep deprivation, headaches etc that this industry DENIES.  How unfortunate, that people, all over the world, are complaining about examples like this, yet we cannot unite with one voice. Why? Because we are the group without the money…We are the people giving our tax dollars to foreign companies that, in turn, persuade our politicians to follow the cash, rather than the road of common sense. If wrong, and this farm does shut down, what will happen then? Will the turbines be removed by E.On? Ha! No, they will sit on the land and rot, as thousands are doing out west, in Iowa and Hawaii. They will leak oil and continue to deteriorate with no maintenance. What happens then? A turbine siting engineer in Iowa told me that is a serious problem in some areas. Farmers are scared to farm the land under the dead turbines- for fear they will fall apart. So much for future economic growth…

Two broken turbine blades in the past three months have citizens in Tipton County concerned about the safety of the Wildcat Wind Farm.

Monday’s Tipton County Board of Commissioners meeting provided a forum for residents to speak out, some in favor of shutting the wind farm down, others stating the latest blade break, caused by lightning, isn’t cause for concern.

The latest blade break on April 2 has reopened debate on wind turbines in Tipton County, where 125 turbines operate in the northeast corner of the county near Windfall….

Resident Heidi Freeman said there are too many questions regarding the safety of the turbines, in addition to the noise issues that continue to plague some farm owners.

“The safety of these people is of importance,” she said. “There will be farmers out in those fields soon. It’s a known fact, even from E.ON, that some places wouldn’t be affected as much as others.”

E.ON has not yet conducted studies on the first turbine blade break, which occurred on Feb. 1, Heron said, but a large crane that will be needed to take down the turbine is on its way to Tipton County.

In the meantime, some residents who live near the wind farm believe they aren’t being represented fairly, based the opinions expressed by the Tipton County Citizens for Responsible Development and others opponents of wind farm development.

“I am tired of people that don’t live anywhere near our wind farm trying to convince people of what our reality is,” resident April Rutherford said. “They simply do not know, as they do not live among them.”…

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