Experts offers insight to wind farm questions

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An expert witness called by The United Citizens of Livingston County testified the majority of Tuesday evening during the ongoing Livingston County Zoning Board of Appeals hearing at the Walton Centre.

Michael McCann, of McCann Appraisal, LLC, a Chicago-based company, testified about property values and how they are negatively affected when wind turbines are installed.

He said he has 33 years experience in appraising many types of commercial real estate, land and special use properties. He also has extensive litigation experience, qualified as an expert witness in over 20 states, and has testified at federal and state trials, zoning hearings, utility siting boards and arbitration. He has also done work for other wind farm projects throughout the United States.

McCann presented a slide show with many maps and figures. He also illustrated reasons for people to sell property with a turbine on or near it include health impacts.

He said it’s a “conspiracy theory” among neighbors when it comes to those health impacts, but he affirmed those events do occur.

He also listed issues he called “more physical in nature.” These included trespass or intrusion, excessive noise, vibrations, odor, contaminants and flicker.

READ MORE:  Pontiac Daily Leader, By Cynthia Grau Posted Feb. 11, 2015

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