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Turbines would ruin character  

I believe that Schoharie County has the potential to be a vacation area, like areas in Vermont and New Hampshire. We have the rural character and charm people desire. Our backyards have the most beautiful hills for camping, hiking and biking; we have Howe Caverns, and it’s a short drive to Cooperstown.

Vermont has a season devoted to leaf-peeping. Our hills are spectacular during foliage. The charm of Schoharie County will be lost with the placement of industrial wind turbines, as in the Warnerville Hill Project.

This turbine company also has two locations in Jefferson, which it is pursuing for projects. I have to wonder if it has its sights on other areas in Richmondville, as well. Our hills could be covered with turbines!

So much for picturesque Schoharie County, as the advertisement says.

In the past few years we have seen so much interest in our area. I believe industrial turbines would ruin our chance to develop into a cozy little vacation community, and forget about attracting people here to live.

Schoharie County could be the destination for families to come to take a break from their hectic lifestyle. Please look at this option for our county. We’re in the right place at the right time.

I can’t understand why anyone would support a project that has the potential of ruining our county’s character. This turbine company does not bring jobs, and will not reduce our town’s taxes. Personally, I don’t believe putting these 400-foot industrial turbines in the backyards of our neighbors has anything to do with being green. I honestly feel our area will regret making this decision. The Warnerville Hill Project area was vacant farmland 30 years ago. Those farms have been divided into five-acre plots, which are now family homes.

Elaine Seacord


The Daily Star

25 January 2008

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