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Residents holding meetings about wind turbine  

Credit:  By Daniel Austin | The Cochrane Times | www.cochranetimes.com 18 July 2012 ~~

A group of residents concerned about the impacts of a new wind turbine planned for Cochrane High School will be holding a series of information meetings over the next couple of weeks.

Cochrane High is hoping to construct an Evance R9000 5 kW turbine on the west side of the school, approximately 10 feet from the gymnasium. While the school is emphasizing that the turbine is quiet, safe for residential neighbourhoods and will not decrease property values, the group has been vocal about their opposition since hearing details about the plan.

They worry that the turbine could have a disruptive effect on the noise level at their homes and pointed to literature from Munster Wind Turbines, a manufacturer of the Evance R9000, that suggests neighbouring residents should be more than 100 metres away from the turbine base.

“Our concern is not so much the level of noise but the consistent level of noise,” Brenda Samborski said. “We compare it to a dripping tap, where the noise level is not very high but it’s still very annoying.”

The group held an information meeting on July 17 and will be holding another on July 26 to provide neighbours and other concerned residents with more information about the petition they have been distributing, information about the permit application process and details on how to get more involved.

Source:  By Daniel Austin | The Cochrane Times | www.cochranetimes.com 18 July 2012

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