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What about the neighbors?  

Credit:  Concord Monitor | October 4, 2013 | www.concordmonitor.com ~~

There was no mention in the Monitor’s Sept. 27 editorial on wind power about the impact of industrial wind projects on people. How about the neighbors – remember us?

Groton Wind changed two turbine locations and built its operations and maintenance building in a non-certificated site, resulting in lack of vegetative buffer from neighboring residences. Claims are still on the open docket. Groton Wind failed to submit review plans for fire suppression and has operated for nine months without a certificate of occupancy, placing people in danger. EDP Renewables submitted an application to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for an energy contract, stating project feedback from local, regional and state officials has been very positive. How? Several towns in the area made public statements opposing industrial wind development. The project is located predominantly in remote forestland, which provides a screening effect, which will minimize the visual impact within the surrounding community. How do you screen 500-foot tall turbines located on a ridgeline?

Residents of surrounding towns are reporting violations to the state because the state is not enforcing compliance. And now there are plans in the making for three more wind projects. Who will enforce the laws? Residents are bringing to light wind companies’ false statements because no one else is watching. The wind companies are here to make money and don’t care about the public welfare. People have the right to live safely and contently in their homes. Stop promoting these companies who are not good neighbors.

NANCY WATSON

Groton

Source:  Concord Monitor | October 4, 2013 | www.concordmonitor.com

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