Letter: Debate about wind development needs balanceWind and turbines are a subject of many letters and talked about at hearings.
By: Donald & Nancy Nord Goodhue, The Republican Eagle
To the Editor:
Wind and turbines are a subject of many letters and talked about at hearings. We offer our thoughts to help balance the discussion.
Do farmers have a right to put up wind generators or do small residential owners dictate what a farmer can do with his property?
When they bought property in the country, they felt they had a right to unchanged viewing of their neighbors property. The courts have said otherwise.
We go down the list of some controversial topics.
Sound: We have walked under and been in a turbine. Approaching we heard a whooshing sound yet a company employee spoke without amplification.
Stopping by the Dodge Center wind Farm where 40 to 50 turbines were turning, all we could hear was road traffic on Highways 56 and 14. With several turbines close by at an auction at Dexter, no noise was heard.
Flicker: If the turbine is north of you there will be no flicker; if south of you, the earth will have to quit turning to have more than a few minutes a day.
Health: The Minnesota Health Department has no record of any incidents.
Do you think farmers would locate them on their property and live with them if they thought there was a risk to their family and livestock?
Stray voltage: The industry says it is a closed circuit. Your transmission lines are a greater risk.
Land values: If you sold your land and it had a guaranteed annual payment of $20,000, would they pay less? For house sales, there is no current sales data.
Roads: Ask officials where turbines have been built and you probably will find roads were left in better condition than before and with no expense to local governments.
Location: Pick where the wind blows, where there is usage and where the infrastructure is capable of handling the power. In Northfield there are two wind turbines located by the colleges and community. Mountain Lake has a turbine on the edge of town. Some cities have them in the center of town. These towns are forward thinking and concerned about energy costs in years to come.
All of the negative talk about wind reminds us of the tale of Chicken Little, running door to door and crying, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling.”
Donald & Nancy Nord