The best way to research the pros and cons of “life near a wind complex” is to visit such an area. As usual, experience is the best teacher. There are those in authority who will try to tell you that you cannot or should not research in this way. I know this has happened in one county. Don’t be intimidated. You have the right to see firsthand what is happening around existing turbine complexes – especially if you are on the county or the zoning board.
A short trip into the area of the Bureau County/Lee County line will open your eyes to “life near wind turbines.” See how you feel about living near these turbines; talk to those who have experienced a lower quality of life because of the turbines. Perhaps you may witness shadow flicker; and if the turbines are spinning, you may be able to witness the “whoosh, whoosh” sound; or in some cases, the continuous jet airplane sound. This is happening in my community; it can very easily happen near you.
Residents who are against the invasion of these turbines into our lives are trying very hard to prove our point in legal and civil ways – writing letters to newspapers, speaking at hearings and holding calm discussions. In a panic after our objections, others have trespassed on property to remove “no wind turbines” signs; have showed up at places of business to rant and rave at workers there who do not agree with them; and have threatened to withdraw their business in retribution.
Don’t believe everything you hear or read – go to the “scene of the crime” and see for yourself what it is like and if you would be willing to live this way. Do not let others tell you how you cannot research.
Marcia Ann Thompson
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