COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – With a new wind farm about to break ground, many are still fighting the Board of County Commission’s amendments to the original farm plan. Now a law suit known as a Rule 106 is in the works.
The first wind farm plan included 147 turbines on 25,000 acres in south Calhan. It was approved in December of 2013, but was later changed when the project was taken over by NextEra Energy.
Instead of the 3.8 miles of underground transmission lines that were originally approved for south of Meadowlake Airport, they were amended by the county commissioners to be over head and south of the airport.
These amendments to NextEra’s wind farm, have caused some serious concerns.
Donna Bryant, a near by homeowner, worries about her health. She has a disease that shuts down her muscles.
“It’s proximity is such that Flight for Life is going to be impacted to come in and out or any of the air craft to fly through here,” said Bryant.
Many like Bryant, concerned with the impact on the environment, safety and wildlife have come together in a Rule 106. The claims they made, however are still up for debate and could be debated for years to come.
“There were several that were completely inaccurate, and so our attorneys will go through that and go through the process of looking through those claims, and letting the records show what is true and what is not true,” said Amy Lathen, vice chair for the Board of County Commissioners.
Bryant hopes to get more community members involved and to further the discussion.
“When you look at safety, health, and the environmental impact, in addition to what voters and consituents are vocalizing, and to be disregarded is completely insulting in nature,” said Bryant.
Right now, those filing the suit are also discussing a possible injunction.
“We would expect from what we are hearing that might happen,” said Lathen. “Which if that happens and the court agrees with that, then an injunction would prevent construction from beginning.”
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