January 9, 2011
Connecticut, Letters

Help ‘Save Prospect’ by thwarting plan to build windmills

www.rep-am.com 6 January 2011

A group of Prospect residents faces the prospect of their lives changing irrevocably if BNE Energy succeeds in having its petition to build two industrial wind turbines granted by the Connecticut Siting Council. Their lives will be changed because their safety and health will be put at risk, and their property will lose approximately 40 percent of its value.

Over the last several weeks, this topic has been the subject of media reports, letters to local newspapers and town meetings. BNE Energy and project proponents are trying to cloud the issue and portray these residents as NIMBYs, opposed to renewable energy and uncaring about dependence on fossil fuel. That is completely false. The true concern is industrial wind turbines are unsafe for residential neighborhoods.

These residents have organized a group called Save Prospect Corp. The purpose of this group is to educate residents of Prospect, surrounding towns and Connecticut, to ensure the public is truly informed about the project and its risks. The current expedited process needs to be stopped until proper regulations and setbacks are put in place by legislators to ensure industrial wind turbines are sited responsibly, with proper setbacks from residential neighborhoods and roads. Without proper setbacks, residents will be in danger of ice throw off spinning blades, blade breaks, excessive noise, flicker and catastrophic economic consequences. These residents will lose their American dream so BNE can take advantage of a state that doesn’t have regulations, and make a profit.

BNE sent a mailer to residents of Prospect that listed the “benefits” of Wind Prospect. The list offered no information to support those claims. Visit www.saveprospect.com and see a wealth of information to support our belief industrial wind turbines are unsafe when improperly sited in residential neighborhoods. Responsible renewable energy is sited 1.25 miles from property lines and roads.

I ask all who read this letter to put themselves in the shoes of those who live within 1,000 feet of the proposed 492-foot industrial wind turbines. Then stop and look around your neighborhood and town. Think about the undeveloped land around you and what could be built there if you remain indifferent or uneducated.

Please support your neighbors and contact Save Prospect Corp. to let its members know you care about your neighbors and responsible renewable energy.

Helen Plante


URL to article:  https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2011/01/09/help-save-prospect-by-thwarting-plan-to-build-windmills/