Didn’t BigWind, recently, DENY that these contracts act as any sort of gag clause? YES, companies have told the public that they welcome and encourage feedback about issues related to their projects…except that they don’t. In NW Ohio, one company has even promoted the fact that there are virtually no complaints associated with their project. Gee, we now know why! Unfortunately, our legislators are unaware of this reality and think everything is ‘rosy’ if constituents reside in an industrial wind park. Also, important to note is the SETBACK WAIVER component of this agreement. Legislators take note!! We applaud these individuals and pray their concerns are shared amongst many…..
As adjacent landowners to a proposed wind turbine site, we have been given a 13-page good neighbor contract that is titled “Wind Farm Neighbor Easement And Setback Waiver Agreement” that is intended to serve as an incentive to be cooperative with the Seneca Wind farm project. If we sign it, we get a whopping $500 signing bonus and $500 per year, but we have to waive our right to file a claim for damages related to any of the stated “effects,” which in the contract is worded as an “effect easement.” If we sign the contract, we also agree to a “setback easement” which states that the turbine can be located anywhere on the adjacent property, even closer than what the current state setback rule specifies.
The contract also includes a confidentiality clause where we cannot disclose the terms of the agreement to anyone. What is there to hide?
The defined “effects” using Seneca Wind’s own terms include “audio, visual, view, light, shadow flicker, vibration, air turbulence, wake, electromagnetic, ice, or other weather created hazards or other effects of any kind. …” This sure seems like a self-admission that these negative side effects do in fact exist…..