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February 10, 2013

Letters to the editor - Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013

Opponents aren’t against leaseholders

Those of us who have opposing views regarding industrial wind farms are not attacking potential lease owners. You have the wrong point! We are not against any family who want to protect their future for themselves or their children.

Tipton County has one wind farm completed with four more to go. This is frustrating to deal with because it has created a huge separation in the county. The separation occurs between those people holding those precious leases, along with the very wealthy companies, vs. the neighbors and small communities that are impacted by the turbines.

Our first knowledge of these things going up in our county was only a couple of months ago. We were shocked to see them in eastern Tipton County. We saw an article in the Kokomo Tribune and decided it would be beneficial for us to attend the meeting that was held in December at Tri-Central High School.

Here is a list of concerns that should be researched: Shadow flicker, setback distances, noise impact, low-frequency and infrasound impact, aesthetics, accidents, fires, wildlife impact, health issues including wind turbine syndrome, property values, ice throw, insurance rates, tax benefits, responsibility for removal of turbines and ability of LifeLine helicopters to service wind farm locations.

All of these wind farms are approved with just the companies and the farm lease individuals. It has taken place without surrounding neighbors being aware of it most of the time, unless their neighbors are also farmers. We have a map of our wind turbine farm going up in our area, and from what it looks like to us, almost every farmer has at least one lease.

We are for anyone making their lives wealthier, but not at the expense of our health, the value of our property, or a significant change in the landscape.

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