The current wind energy regulations are written so that the noise measurement is taken from the exterior wall of my house. That means that all my property between my house and my neighbor’s wind turbine is in a higher noise limit that is deemed safe by the health department for people who don’t want to contract with the wind energy company like me.
The health and planning department reasoning is that we spend most of our time inside our homes. Don’t we all own our property to the property line?! I live in the country and spend most of my time outdoors: hunting, fishing, gardening and just sitting listening to the sounds of the country, which include my neighbor’s tractors and combines.
Those are sounds of the country. The swish-thump-swish-thump of an industrial wind turbine is not the sound of the country. I understand the need for renewable energy, but, if there is not enough room in southern Lancaster and northern Gage counties to keep the noise setbacks on the lease owner’s property and there’s not enough room for wind turbines, we need to change the regulations to protect everybody’s property rights.
Larry Allder, Cortland
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