Look what happens when County Commissioners and Zoning boards choose to do their job of protecting and speaking for the people who live there and won’t play the fool for Big Wind.
In April, the Lincoln County Commissioners voted to establish half mile setbacks from homes. This came after a group of Lincoln County citizens did their research and voiced their opinions for one mile setbacks. But even a half mile did not satisfy Dakota Power Community Wind project. Brian Minish of DPCW said: “that distance would doom the project.” He then stated they would take it to a vote. Do you know what that means? Big wind, limitless in funds, wants to override the will of the people in their own community using a referendum. Whereas the people being forced to live under the towers must use their own resources to fight against the invasion.
They are not alone. Since last October, wind giant NextEra Energy has filed lawsuits against five rural governments from Oklahoma to Michigan, all of which have imposed limits on wind-turbine development
It is time the people of South Dakota see what and who we are fighting. We must clearly see that these multinational/foreign corporations simply want to use us and our natural resources for their bottom line. However, knowledge is a powerful thing, and people are getting informed. But beware, big wind is relentless and has deep pockets.
Marsha Hubner, Avon
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