I am from the Ecklund Township near Wilton. We recently have gotten some turbine generators. They are supposed to be a source of cheap power. It was required by the government that the power companies put wind turbines out in the field or they would not get subsidized and the government would not purchase the power.
I do believe that our congressmen and everybody involved let the landowners down. Now we are faced with the problem of wind turbines all over the place. They are sticking up in the air and are ugly. Who gets the benefit of the wind turbines? Does it go to a few or does it go to many? I believe it only goes to a few.
It is not necessary to have wind turbines standing up in the air. I recently came back from Wyoming, and all through the country all of the oil lines are being buried. They don’t even want the tanks above ground. The wind towers could be the same way. You could put the generator under the ground and the turbine wheel and the drive wheel on top of the ground. It doesn’t have to be a propeller type. It could be turbine wheel. Then all you would have would be a dome above the ground about 20 feet. It may not be as efficient now, but in the long run it would be.
Now where should these turbines be located? Up by Wilton there is an old abandoned mine with spill piles on it. Why not put those turbines up there? We are always worried about the beauty of the land and the loss of agriculture production. So let’s put them up on the spill piles and let everyone benefit. The spill piles happens to be a game refuge so the money would go to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
Unfortunately, on the first set of towers everyone on the board of Ecklund Township got three wind chargers. Everyone on the board that had a brother got three chargers. I don’t thing that is the way it should be. It should go to assist the entire public. Because the public puts up with the chargers as far as site, noise and devaluation of land, compensation should go to the people living within sight of the wind chargers.
Think about this: When you have these towers around, you are going to live with them for 30 years.
There is a person near here who has had most everything done to his house to try to keep the noise out. The power company, from what I understand, is paying for trying to keep the noise out in his home. Nothing has worked. He still has the constant noise in his home. Unfortunately, the tower is on the neighbor’s land. He is just going to have to put up with it.
I had two couples come out looking at lots and both of them wanted front lots or lots at the top of the hill. When the women got here and looked around, they looked at the view to the north and to the south. No way, they said. We are not going to look at those towers the rest of our lives and both couples left. One of the couples bought 40 acres. The other couple would not buy around the wind charger area.
24 July 2007
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