To state that the Shinbone Wind Project would increase tourism is simply outrageous and untrue. Tourists visit because of the natural beauty of the mountain and lake; to acquaint their families with the outdoor life of hiking, fishing, and camping because most of them already live in cities filled with steel, glass and concrete towers and buildings. They do not want to drive a long distance to see huge wind turbines protruding up into the sky, scaring the wildlife away and polluting the air with noise.
My family had the pleasure of seeing one of these so-called “wind farms” when my son graduated form U.S. Army basic training at Fort Sill, Okla. Although it was at a distance of approximately 100 miles away you could still see the massive wind turbines dotting the countryside in a very rural, unpopulated area. And even at that distance it was a massive eyesore. They would make the cell towers already on the mountain seem minuscule. I can only imagine the noise (humming) these massive things would create.
Also, there has been no mention in the paper of any of the wind turbines that have collapsed in Oklahoma and other areas, or how some of them are only producing a third of the power that they were initially promised to produce. And what would happen if they decided to terminate the program? Would the massive wind turbines just be left standing or would someone come and remove them from the area? And if removed, who would be responsible for paying for the removal?
All citizens of Cherokee County should remember that when Pioneer Green energy is finished constructing the wind turbines they’ll be moving on to another area, another “project”. Meanwhile it will be the citizens of Cherokee County left with the eyesore and noise for many years to come.
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