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Credit:  Jennifer Linn Hartley, Staff Writer, Ludington Daily News, www.ludingtondailynews.com 29 June 2011 ~~

The number of people who spoke out against the approval of Consumers Energy’s special land use permit outnumbered those who were in favor of it by nearly 4 to 1 at Tuesday night’s public hearing on the subject.

The Mason County Planning Commission held a public hearing on Consumers Energy’s proposed wind farm for Riverton and Summit townships Tuesday night.

After presentations given by Consumers Energy hired consultants, Jay Kilpatrick of Williams & Works who is a consultant hired by the county, and from experts arranged by Citizens Alliance for Responsible Renewable Energy, more than 40 people took to the microphone to address the commission.

Many people against the application’s approval were concerned about a potential loss in their property value and difficulty selling their properties, as well as possible adverse health impacts.

Others in favor of the project cited economic benefits for the area and the need for new energy sources.

Source:  Jennifer Linn Hartley, Staff Writer, Ludington Daily News, www.ludingtondailynews.com 29 June 2011

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