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Seneca Anti-Wind Union draws more than 500 for presentation in Tiffin

The Camden Falls Conference Center was standing room only on Tuesday night, as several hundred people gathered to say no to wind turbines.

The Seneca Anti-Wind Union brought in State Representative Bill Reineke and Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerschner to speak at their event.

The group’s biggest concerns include dropping property values and rights, and environmental concerns like the killing of birds.

“We need to represent ourselves out here, not have outside influences come in and dictate us,” said Reineke.

Currently, two proposed wind farms are going through the process of coming to Seneca and Sandusky Counties.

The sPower Seneca Wind Project would have up to 85 wind turbines standing around 650 foot tall. To compare, the Davis-Besse Nuclear Plant is around 500 feet high.

The APEX Republic Wind Project, which is currently suspended while it adjusts some aspects to the proposal, would bring around 58 turbines, with heights between 442 and 591 feet.

APEX also has three other wind projects proposed for the Seneca, Huron and Erie County area.

“I think if things would have been more transparent, and the whole community would have been involved, even with the lease holders, the farmers, they had no details how many turbines were going to be on their place, how many access roads, where these roads were going to lead around the turbines. They had no idea either, until the plans came out earlier this year,” said member, Greg Smith.

Greg Smith also spoke at the event.

He is a member of the Anti-Wind Union.

With the current plans, he would have 19 turbines within a mile and a half of his house.

“Take those big turbines and put them in Seneca County, where we just have too dense of a population. It’s just not a good fit for Seneca County.”

Several townships in the area, including Adams and Scipio, have voted to intervene in the wind farm process. This means they have the right to voice their opinion to the Ohio Power Siting Board.

The Siting Board makes the final decision on the certification for these wind farms. They did not have representation in Tiffin Tuesday night.