[ exact phrase in "" ]

[ Google-powered ]

LOCATION/TYPE

News Home
Archive
RSS

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links

Alerts

Press Releases

FAQs

Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics

Videos

Allied Groups

Wind farm plans discussed at Galien American Legion Post  

Credit:  By Debra Haight, News Correspondent | Harbor Country News | Published: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | www.harborcountry-news.com ~~

GALIEN – In what’s expected to be the first of several meetings on the proposed Galien Oaks wind turbine project, more than 60 Galien Township residents met with Apex Energy officials on Monday, Sept. 12, at the Galien American Legion Post.

Galien Township officials organized the informational meeting with Apex officials to give residents a chance to learn more about the company’s plans and ask questions. The company announced plans this summer to potentially build a wind turbine farm on farmland near Galien and Three Oaks.

Apex Energy development director Brad Lila reported Monday that Apex is the largest wind farm developer in the country in terms of industry capacity. The company has been talking to farmers and other property owners in the Galien and Three Oaks area for the last several months but has not signed an option with anyone.

Lila said that if the Galien Oaks Wind project moves forward, the company would likely erect between 25 and 40 wind turbines on around 13,000 acres in Baroda, Galien, Three Oaks and Weesaw Townships. Each turbine would cost $3 million and the total investment would be $250 million.

While Lila and other company representatives talked about the economic opportunities for individual property owners in terms of annual payments and local governments in extra tax revenue, residents asked about noise concerns, the effect on birds and other wildlife and the potential negative impact on property values.

Galien resident Michael Slabach is a sound engineer. He said there have been a number of health problems associated with the sound from the wind turbines including migraines and nausea. That concern was also raised by Ken Neumann who spoke about a British study claiming adverse health consequences for those living around wind farms.

The adverse effect on property values was raised by several residents. Connie Baber said she talked with people in the Ludington, Mich., area who said the property values had gone down there after a wind farm was erected. Residents there also told her that they were also bothered by the strobe lights on the turbines at night.

Rick Sullivan also talked about property values, citing a Forbes study that put the property value decline at 20 to 50 percent after the construction of wind farms.

Lila asked why wind farms keep being built if there are so many problems associated with them. He said that some people may not like how they look but that there is no credible evidence about their negative impact on health, noise, property values or wildlife.

“Wind farm projects keep ag land as ag land, that’s one reason why Michigan has pushed hard for wind energy development,” Lila said. “The state has a Republican government but it is very much behind renewable energy like wind because it keeps ag land as ag land.”

Even if property owners sign on and townships approve the company’s plans, people shouldn’t expect to see construction any time soon. At least one township, Weesaw, would have to change its ordinance that now prohibits commercial wind farms and other townships like Galien have structure height restrictions that would have to change.

The development phase in which the company conducts a variety of feasibility studies could take two years or more to complete. It will cost $1 million alone to get the necessary fish and wildlife permits, Lila said.

Source:  By Debra Haight, News Correspondent | Harbor Country News | Published: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | www.harborcountry-news.com

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User contributions

Share:


« Later PostNews Watch HomeEarlier Post »

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share

CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.
Formerly at windwatch.org.

HOME
Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share