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Wind opposition group discusses cons of wind development

Wind energy is neither financial nor technically efficient and is unfair to neighboring property owners, a group opposed to wind turbine development told a group of about 75 residents that turned out for a Monday evening meeting at the Logan County Friendly Senior Center.

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Michael Shepherd of the Logan Hardin Neighbors United wind development opposition group uses a chart to illustrate a point to a crowd of about 75 people that turned out Monday evening for an informational session at the Logan County Friendly Senior Center. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

“People are opposed to wind energy for a lot of different reasons,” Michael Shepherd of the Logan Hardin Neighbors United said during the introduction to the meeting.

He discussed specifics of EverPower Wind Holdings’ Scioto Ridge Wind Farm plan to build up to 176 wind turbines in northern Logan and southern Hardin counties. The project has already been approved by the Ohio Power Siting Board, but still can be challenged with an appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court, he said.

While the state legislature approved two measures recently that will make developing wind farms in Ohio more difficult, the Scioto Ridge project and EverPower’s Buckeye Wind Farm in Champaign County — both of which were approved prior to the passage of the bills — are exempt from meeting new setback requirements intended to protect property owners like Mr. Shepherd, whose Hardin County home is situated near three proposed turbines.

“The argument is that it is my property and I should be able to do whatever I want with it,” Mr. Shepherd said after asking one attendee if he would like to have a strip club or trash dump built next to his home.

“I agree you should be able to do what you want with your property so long as it doesn’t affect my ability to peacefully enjoy my property.”

 

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