As of July 31, 2009, two companies have signed lease agreements with local land owners for the purpose of building 2 industrial scale wind plants with each plant consisting of 130 wind turbines which are nearly 400 feet tall. They are planning to "harvest the wind" in an area from Thorntown to Jamestown --2 miles west of SR 75 to SR 39 to the east. "Wind farms" of this scale can be seen from more than 10 miles away and will take up between 8,000 to 10,000 acres each. The companies involved are enXco and Gestamp, both foreign owned companies that are heavily subsidized with our tax dollars. Many more of these companies are out there and may also have an interest in Boone County.
WHERE WE ARE CURRENTLY
If Boone County officials adopt zoning ordinances similar to those of surrounding counties it would place wind turbines as close as 1,000 feet from the front door of your home. We feel this is unacceptable for reasons we hope this site will make clear. Any decision our elected and/or appointed officials make will permanently affect the future for ALL residents of Boone County. Currently a ban on "wind farms" is in place, but the area planners are in the process of changing this. Public meetings will be held, zoning board members will have to vote, and elections for councilmen may take place, before the process concludes. We encourage you to participate and take an active roll in as many procedures as you can. We can make a difference in the final outcome if enough people get involved.
THE GOOD, THE BAD, and THE UGLY
We have spent a great deal of time researching the issues that arise when these generating plants are built, and have many concerns. Studies suggest that around 30% of people living near a "wind farm" have health problems, issues with sleep due to noise, and/or annoyance with shadow flicker. Wind energy is not as green as developers claim. There are also many environmental issues to be considered. Our biggest concern is that we will find our situation unlivable and be forced to sell our house at a substantial loss and move away.
WHAT to DO
Let family, friends and neighbors know what is going on. Organize into groups to share information and form strategies. Think flyers, yard signs, emails and contact local media or call your favorite radio show host to let them know what is going on. Contact county officials and let them know how you feel. Most importantly -- Turn off the TV -- Get off your butt -- And go to the meetings!!!
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