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Quality of life or money? 

Credit:  Bureau County Republican | www.bcrnews.com 27 August 2012 ~~

Landowners who own many acres and who will reap major (monetary) benefits from wind turbines are opposed by those who believe the negative impact on the community is much greater than any positive outcome. In East Grove Township in Lee County, 16 of the 23 (69.6 percent) planned turbines are on land owned by absentee landowners, many who do not live anywhere near their land. Eight of the 13 (61.5 percent) participating families are absentee landowners. Of the 13 families, only three have their residences on the same property as their turbine or turbines; one lives on property owned by a relative. Residents in the 31 homes in East Grove Township are not in favor of these turbines; for the few who do participate, the turbine will not be anywhere near their homes.

The Big Sky project at Ohio doesn’t affect my property now; but I have witnessed TV interference, shadow flicker and noise while visiting with neighbors closer to the turbines. Should Phase I of the Mainstream project be approved in Lee County, this will change; the farm to the north is scheduled for a turbine, the farm to the west for two turbines – all owned by absentee landowners. I would like to continue to live on my own property without negative intrusion by wind turbines.

At a Lee County Board meeting in April, those who spoke in favor of turbines were Matt Boss from Ireland, John Martin and Keith Bolin, representing Mainstream; Amboy High School and Bradford High School superintendents; and a lady whose son wanted a turbine on his property. All had nothing to speak about except money. Opposition speakers had concerns of health problems, quality of life, noise, flicker, TV interference, decreasing land value and decreasing Lee County development. Is money more important than the lives and welfare of the citizens of the county? Should absentee landowners, anticipating big (monetary) gains, control the lives of the residents in Lee County?

Marcia Ann Thompson

Ohio, Ill.

Source:  Bureau County Republican | www.bcrnews.com 27 August 2012

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