Ohio lawmakers are being lied to by BigWind

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Illinois votes for 2,250 feet BigWind setback from a PROPERTY LINE. How does this decision make Ohio lawmakers look? Stupid? Uninformed? Bribed? You decide. Ohio setbacks are anything BUT restrictive to BigWind! Congratulations to the BigWind warriors in Illinois.  Unfortunately, as you read below, this decision was too late for some residents….

The Ford County Board made clear Thursday that its No. 1 priority in establishing new rules for wind farms is to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its citizens — and not to ensure that more wind farms are built. (Stop right there! Continue reading below for the truth- as long as we, the taxpayers, continue to subsidize this energy, there will be support for future projects!)

With 10 of its 12 members present, the board voted 9-1 in favor of a proposal to restrict wind turbines from being built any closer than 2,250 feet from a property line…

But the measure also is considered so restrictive that the developers of three proposed wind farms in Ford County may be forced to pull the plug on their projects, as each of them told the board after the vote…

‘I’m living it’
Under Ford County’s existing wind-farm rules, which were implemented 10 years ago prior to two wind farms being built in the county, turbines could be sited as close as 1,000 feet from a home, as opposed to a property line.

And some rural residents — including a few county board members — have experienced problems as a result.

“I’m living it, and (board member) Gene (May of rural Paxton) is living it,” said board member Tom McQuinn, whose rural Paxton home is about 2,500 feet from a turbine within the Pioneer Trail Wind Farm. “So I don’t need somebody to tell me what all the statistics are (regarding the noise and shadow flicker turbines can cause). I see it. I hear it.”…

Under the measure approved by the board, McQuinn noted,  developers could negotiate with landowners to have them sign waivers to allow turbines to be built as close as 1,000 feet to a home….

“I think my property line means something, and it should to everyone out there.”…

‘There will be interest’
Ford County resident Dean Dillon said he doubts the larger setback will mean no more wind farms come to the county, though…

And the comment that (the engineer) made was, considering the number of turbines we already have and the interest that is being shown (by developers), he would wager that if the companies that are showing interest now left because of property-line measures or because of the length of setback, that they would probably be replaced by other companies as long as the federal government continues to subsidize wind (energy).

“He said, ‘Don’t dilute yourself into thinking these are the only companies that will ever be interested in wind in Ford County.’ He said, ‘Apparently you have ideal conditions, and that’s going to attract attention.”…

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