Wind farms: Are they a good thing?

Sophia, 7, wrote during school.

“You may think wind turbines are good but when you have 50 by your home…you can’t sleep in your own room and you try to sleep but you can’t because of the wind turbines (noise). I had to move into a mobile home because my mom, dad and brother plus me couldn’t sleep.”

What do you think?

sophia1Phil Hartke predicts that in 10 years, the public will see advertisements from law firms offering representation for people to receive compensation for ill health effects from wind turbines.

The past president of the Illinois Farm Bureau in Effingham County spoke at the Rural Coonhunters Club in rural Greenwich to a group opposed to the construction of wind turbines in the area.

Hartke spoke to more than 100 people over two days at an event hosted by Greenwich Neighbors United.

The global wind energy development company Windlab’s has applied to construct a windpark that would cover about 4,650 acres of privately leased land. It would include 25 wind turbines with a total generating capacity of up to 60 megawatts of electricity.

Final decision on the project’s status rests with the Ohio Power Siting Board, a separate entity within the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

The board’s next meeting is Aug. 25, and the matter may come up for a vote.

While Hartke wouldn’t be affected by the project, he spoke about his and his family’s own experience with wind turbines.

A 495-foot tall, 1.6 mW turbine sits 1,665 feet away from his home.

He handed out a packet, which includes a drawing and paragraph his daughter, Sophia, 7, wrote during school.

“You may think wind turbines are good but when you have 50 by your home…yousophia2 can’t sleep in your own room and you try to sleep but you can’t because of the wind turbines (noise). I had to move into a mobile home because my mom, dad and brother plus me couldn’t sleep.”

Said her father: “Our enjoyment of the backyard, garden, outbuildings, treehouse and creekbed has been taken away and replaced with nausea, headaches, irritability and stress.”

Hartke compared the noise to a diesel truck parked outside one’s bedroom, with the sound increasing as each blade rotating.

“I don’t think kids should have to put earmuffs on to sleep,” Hartke said.

read more: Norwalk Reflector, AARON KRAUSE GREENWICH AUG 16, 2014

One thought on “Wind farms: Are they a good thing?”

  1. The Wyoming Industrial Siting Council (as in this is not a farm, it’s an industry) okayed the Chokecherry-Sierra Madre plant recently with 1000 towers. Can you imagine the impact? Eagles will be killed and sage grouse will be disturbed but that apparently does not matter. One may be explaining to their grandchildren how the people who were going to save the earth did huge amounts of damage and killed more species than climate change could ever hope to kill. It was never about saving anything—it was about money, pure and simple.

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