BigWind on Fox moved to Friday & Seneca county fights BigWind

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Seneca county fighting BigWind in this pic and videos accompany.  In addition, the Tucker Carlson interview with Tx State Senator Donna Campbell has been moved to Friday night….

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Will Tucker Carlson side with the people or BigWind? Watch Tuesday 8pm

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We understand that at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14th, Tucker Carlson
will air a segment on Fox News exploring the impact of industrial wind
development in the path of military aviation assets.  Carlson’s guest on the
program will be Texas State Senator Donna Campbell, author of legislation
enacted last year prohibiting tax incentives for wind energy projects within
25 miles of military aviation bases that use fixed-wing aircraft.  This
legislation – now law –  passed the Texas House 134 to 10. It is intended to
protect military bases from encroachment issues relating to airspace as well
as effects of radar equipment. THIS IS A VERY BIG DEAL! THIS IS THE 1ST TIME THIS ISSUE HAS GARNED NATIONAL MEDIA ATTENTION!!

In the last issue of Wind News we urged everyone to watch the Ohio Supreme
Court proceedings in the Ohio Black fork Wind case:
http://www.ohiochannel.org/collections/supreme-court-of-ohio;jsessionid=c5aa
45e7c644f61e80911ac6db7e?0
.  If you have not watched, we encourage you to do

so.  This week, Black Fork filed another appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court
challenging the Ohio Power Siting Board’s second extension of time to
January 23, 2020, the use of a new turbine model, the Vestas V110 2.2 M, and
the denial of the intervenors’ request for a rehearing. A copy of the appeal
is attached.  It is notable in this case that Black Fork previously added
the Vestas 2.0 MW model though filing an Amendment but when they sought to
upgrade the model once again, Black Fork did not file an amendment. Black
Fork thus was able to evade the revised property line setbacks established
in 2014.

In other news:

OHIO

*       The Cleveland Plain Dealer tries to make a big deal out of local
citizens receiving help from the owner of Murray Coal in challenging the
Lake Erie Icebreaker project.  Mr. Murray responds to the paper with a
Letter to the Editor which is followed by  a comment that asks “Are you
aware that, by spending $126 million in another way, we could build
generating capacity able to produce roughly 12 times more electricity and
eliminate 6 times more annual CO2 emissions than the Icebreaker wind
turbines?” Another commenter claims wind turbines must be put in the lake
because of restrictive rules for land-based turbines.

*       The Ohio Agricultural Law Blog addresses whether someone can
interfere with the surface water drainage on someone else’s property.  The
answer to this question lies in Ohio’s “reasonable use doctrine,” which
establishes guidelines for when a landowner has a legal right to affect the
drainage of surface water onto another property.  The new law bulletin,
“Surface Water Drainage Rights”” explains this important legal doctrine.

*       A story from the Sandusky area caught our attention as State Rep
Michael Sheehy, D-Oregon, said he’s concerned people in cities won’t be
represented when lawmakers form a new committee to study harmful algal
blooms in western Lake Erie. He thinks people from the city who need clean
water ought to have a seat at the table when Ag and the Farm Bureau discuss
how to reduce algal blooms.  We included this article because wondered if
someone will try claim that people in cities who want to breath clean air
should have a say in wind energy.  We could be stretching it a bit but you
never know….

Dear Seneca county, it’s time to call your commissioners

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Are YOU, or a family/friend, one of the county members who has NOT contacted your county commissioners? What is your fear? That nothing can be done? Now is the time to exercise your right, as a voting member of the county, and your RESPONSIBILITY to let these county commissioners know your views.  Prove to Ms. Stacy, (and Mr. Thomas)without a doubt, that there are plenty of people opposed to the industrial wind turbine projects. 

This county will regret the AEZ. They may as well put up a flashing WELCOME sign for industrial wind turbine companies. 5 years from now, life in that region will be dramatically different…..

The tumultuous wind farm debate, as well as Seneca County Commissioner’s role in it, remained the public’s key concern during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled commissioner’s meeting.

As they have in weeks past, anti-wind advocates from the townships attended yesterday’s meeting to speak against erecting wind turbines in Seneca County.

Two community members questioned commissioners, Holly Stacy and Shayne Thomas, about their stance on the turbines when there seemed to be a “majority” in the county against the project. They sited the “many” signs in yards around the county as evidence of the county’s constituents rejection of the AEZ and the wind turbines.

A township resident questioned whether or not it was the duty of the county commissioners to represent what the majority of their constituents wanted.

In response, both Stacy and Thomas said it was their job to try to serve the greater good of the county.

“My job is to do what is best for the county,” said Stacy.

Further, she said it was the job of the commissioners to do research and use the “information they have” to make informed choices on county issues.

In addition, she pointed out there was no “scientific data” proving the majority of the county were against the wind farms and supporters have less incentive to be vocal because two current projects are moving forward.

According to published reports, even if the commissioners voted to rescind the AEZ now, it would have absolutely no effect on the existing projects that have already been approved through the establishment of the AEZ in 2011…

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What do we do with Toxic BigWind trash??

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More than 10,000 of the existing 28,000 turbines need to be decommissioned!! Can you imagine multiple industrial wind energy sites like this? When each one consumes tens of thousands of acres? What are we doing to our landscape, our neighbors, our countryside. Oh, but wait, we forgot, BigWind claims THEY will decommission and take care of their machines- HAHAHA.  And, how, my goodness, HOW is this environmentally friendly? It’s NOT! It’s time to change the discussion and highlight the truth about these industrial sites. There is nothing green about industrial wind energy turbines….except the green $$$ the taxpayer gives to them…

Germany has more than 28,000 wind turbines — but many are old and by 2023 more than a third must be decommissioned. Disposing of them is a huge environmental problem. Expert Jan Tessmer tells DW he’s optimistic.

DW: Dr Tessmer, disposing of wind turbines is extremely difficult.  Their concrete bases go as deep as 30 meters into the ground, and are hard to fully remove, while the rotor blades contain glass and carbon fibers — they give off dust and toxic gases so burning them isn’t an option. Some environmentalists say this problem is being swept under the carpet, what do you think?…

Jan Tessmer: I actually think everything is relative. Of course it is an issue and of course you don’t get anything for free, but you always have to see it in relation, what are the values you get out of the wind turbine and I think yes, some efforts have to be made to efficiently, and also without environmental  damage, get turbines recycled or out of the ground.

There are huge concrete foundations that have to be gotten out but I don’t see there being any principal problem  that could not be overcome. It will probably be a challenge for technology. It will really be an issue over the next years and decades probably to get old turbines off the field, so I expect industry will find technologies to cope with it.

Is the difficulty in disposing of wind turbines hurting wind energy’s reputation as a green power source?

Yes, sure…DW eco@africa - wind turbines in Germany (picture-alliance/dpa/P. Pleul)

Wind turbines pose a big environmental problem when it comes to disposing of them…

Do you think that environmentalists are still mostly pro wind energy or do you think there’s been a pushback regarding the difficulties in disposing of wind turbines?

I think we have more and more problems with the issue of acceptance. I wouldn’t say it’s because of the disposal issue, I think it’s more on issues like noise or the lightning effects during the night, that people feel disturbed. I don’t think people think so much about the disposal issue, although it might be important and I also think that we have to address this issue.

Why should we care about Ohio BigWind setbacks?

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Because a piece of turbine that is thrown more than 2400 feet WILL KILL SOMEONE WITHIN a setback that is currently proposed by BigWind in Ohio….Do we care about the lives of Ohio citizens or do we care more the pocket change BigWind throws at our schools?

Germany–At 8:15 pm on March 8, 2018, two rotors of a brand-new ENERCON E-115 wind turbine were completely torn apart – parts flew more than 800m away. This is the third heavy windmill incident in the circle Paderborn within 2 years. In Altenbeken a pinwheel pulpit was broken off, in Dörenhagen a whole rotor, which was thrown through the air and then stuck in the field like a sword not far from the main road….

 

Turbine THROWS pieces >800meters

Ohio BigWind is on a leash-for now

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Yesterday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee met but announced there would be no vote taken on H.B. 114 to reduce wind turbine setbacks.   Wind power to the people!   Chairman Balderson announced in the Committee that they had received new information and language which they needed to seriously consider.  They will take the next several weeks to study the issues raised and it is likely they will come back in July to see if the bill can be voted out of Committee and go to the floor of the Senate.

Rep. Reineke also responded to the good work of his Seneca County constituents and issued a statement in support of keeping the law as it is, unchanged at 1,125’ from the property line.  Rep. Reineke’s statement is copied below.  You will note that he does not support putting the property rights of citizens up to a vote…please THANK HIM!

Sen. Dolan and wind lobbyist Terrence O’Donnell were huddling after the hearing, planning their next steps.  Know that a new wave will be coming our way!!

 

 

A statement from Rep. Reineke from Seneca County.

Bill Reineke — Ohio State Representative for District 88 — at Ohio Statehouse.

Over the past several months, I have taken time to conduct due diligence in understanding both sides of the wind setback debate and specifically how the 88th House District feels on the topic. From the beginning, it has been my sincere hope that a fair compromise could be reached between those in support of wind energy development and those with concerns. I have taken the time to listen, engage, and evaluate how my constituents view reducing the wind turbine setback requirements.

Based on my continued engagement with the constituents I was elected to represent, I have come to the conclusion that no changes should be made to Ohio’s current wind turbine setbacks. Under current law, the setbacks can be reduced if “good neighbor” waivers are reached with affected landowners in the project footprint. Property rights are key and landowners on both sides of this issue have valid arguments. In pursuit of a compromise, it is unfair for one set of landowners to completely win this debate, and property rights should never be subject to a vote.

Current law provides sufficient protection for the health, safety, and welfare of the district but also allows for the free market to work. If a wind developer and an affected neighboring landowner can come to an agreement, which results in a waiver being signed, then that is all that should be required.

I have appreciated the immense outreach and engagement from all of my constituents, both those who are for and those against reductions in the wind turbine setback requirements. This has been a contentious issue that I have personally wrestled with during these past several months, as valid arguments have been presented by both sides.

It is my sincere hope that our community can maintain a sense of civility in our discourse with each other. This issue has been divisive and pitted neighbors against each other. While it is alright to disagree, we must remember to be respectful of others’ opinions when engaging in public discourse.

As your State Representative, I will continue to monitor and advocate for the district on this important issue. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office at 614-466-1374 or email me at Rep88@ohiohouse.gov.