Many of you may be aware of the yet-to-be-built Black Fork Wind Farm near Crestline and Shelby that is nearing its final planning stages despite public objection. But many of you may not know that there is a similar industrial wind farm proposed in its initial stages near Bloomville and Chatfield, and a possible third near New Washington.
While Crawford County does need a “boost” to offset economic struggles, there are far too many factors surrounding the wind industry that impact quality of life and environment negatively. Do the research – check out www.wind-watch.org , the official website of National Wind Watch (a non-profit, non-government entity), to get articles, videos and personal testimonies about wind issues worldwide.
Wind power is promoted by its supporters as a “green,” dependable alternative headed to eventually replace “fossil fuels” and as an eventual saving grace for our energy future. Historically, however, wind power for industrial applications has a track record of unreliability. To be truly productive, wind turbines must have an alternative power source to run at little or no wind times. As wonderful as these windmills and wind power may seem, there are health issues that are caused by noise and “shadow flicker” (a strobe-light effect from sunlight when the blades are actually turning ) when they are built too close to populated areas. In light of this, it is doubtful that these wind farms will be a truly positive addition to the growth and economy of our county or that they will be a good trade off for all the problems they actually create.
Please be advised that the two wind towers at Wynford School and one on Ohio 598 South, Galion, are only one-third the size of the ones that are to be used in the 91-turbine Black Fork operation, which will be 425 feet high. To get a realistic idea of just how intrusive these gigantic towers are, drive out to see the Van Wert Wind Farm operation off U.S. 30 and Route 127. To get a realistic, first-hand idea of what it is like to live close to a wind farm, go to www.lifewithdekalbturbines. blogspot.com
There is a public “hearing” today at Shelby High School (6 p.m.) regarding the Black Fork Operation. In person and written testimonies will be accepted. A “public information” meeting for the proposed Bloomville/Chatfield operation is scheduled at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 in Bloomville. Get informed, get involved, and take action, before the blades start turning.
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