Those wanting to halt the proposed construction of a large wind energy farm in rural Whitley County are now circulating a petition in all parts of the county.
The residents, many of whom live adjacent to farms that have already signed on for the project that calls for 166 wind mills in phase I, with two additional phases planned after that, are requesting three things: a halt in the process, time for research and neighbor inclusion.
The residents are requesting a moratorium on the planning, development, building and permitting of industrial wind operations by any independent corporation or the Whitley County Plan Commission or other groups in the county.
“We ask that during this moratorium the Plan Commission contract with independent consultants familiar with industrial wind operations to assist them in writing an ordinance that will protect the health, welfare, and rights of the citizens of Whitley County. Consultants would also be responsible to provide economic and environmental impact studies,” the petition reads.
They would also like to form a partnership between citizens and the Whitley County Plan Commission to research and provide input on the complicated issues involved in industrial wind power generation. Specifically, neighboring property owners want to be part of the process to craft an ordinance for wind energy in Whitley County.
Those circulating the petition say that while the project in question would be located in southern Whitley County, it has the possibility of impacting residents across the county – even those in the northern half of the county.
Now going door to door in the county, volunteers plan to have all signatures in place by November 14.
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