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Towns, county trying to force wind turbines  

Credit:  Cape Cod Times, www.capecodonline.com 13 March 2011 ~~

This is in response to the story on the Dennis wind turbine proposal (March 9) and considerable coverage over the past few months regarding land-based, industrial-sized wind turbines on Cape Cod. Up until the Times reported noise problems with Wind I in Falmouth on Aug. 1, many of us on Cape Cod were unaware of how huge and problematic land-based wind turbines could be, or of the recommendations of acoustic experts for a 1.25-mile set back from them.

We may have thought we were supporting much smaller turbines to produce electricity, an idea which makes sense and does offset our carbon footprint, however negligibly. However, along the way state law changed, the definition of an economically viable project changed, and the profit motive grew.

Now some towns and some county officials think they have the expertise to become wind developers with an imperative that supersedes the love of history and the natural world that make Cape Cod a special place. The turbines proposed for the Dennis Water District, like those in Brewster, will fragment a corridor of habitat that has survived, relatively uninterrupted by development.

They are trying to impose turbines on the Old King’s Highway Historic District and residents and taxpayers of another town (Brewster), much like the proposed turbines in Brewster would on Orleans and Harwich.

Kathleen A. Sherman


Source:  Cape Cod Times, www.capecodonline.com 13 March 2011

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