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Friday, April 22, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - "Wind farm neighbors concerned over property values"

Ken de la Bastide reports in the Anderson Herald Bulletin - some quotes:

NEW CASTLE — Several hundred Henry County residents gathered in opposition to a proposed wind farm near Middletown because of a concern over lower property values.

Residents met Wednesday in the Smith Building at Memorial Park to gather information about the Big Blue River Wind Farm and learn about efforts to stop the project.

Texas-based Calpine Corp. is proposing to construct up to 100 turbines in northwestern Henry County. The estimated investment is between $300 million and $350 million.

A request filed with the Henry County Planning Commission for the placement of a 328-foot meteorological tower for the purpose of gathering wind speed and directional data has been withdrawn indefinitely.

Steve Dellinger said he could have three or four turbines surrounding his home in the future. “I think it sucks,” he said of the project. “I don’t want to look at the behemoths for the rest of my life, because they’re going to be there.

“It’s not like crops that change every year,” Dellinger said. “Once they go up you can’t say I’ve changed my mind. For the rest of my life, I’m going to get up every morning and stare at these suckers.”

Dellinger said his main concern was the loss of the value of his property. “I moved here because it was peaceful, quiet, and you could see forever,” he said. “The things I’m accustomed to will no longer exist.” Dellinger said he is not opposed to wind power, but believes they should be constructed in non-populated areas. * * *

Danny Bennett was looking at a map of potential turbine sites — five of which could surround his property.

“I bought the property nine years ago to be in a quiet area with beautiful farm land,” he said. “We plan to retire there and we’ve put $100,000 into the house. Our value is going to drop. “No one will want to buy the house and my retirement will be impacted,” Bennett said.

Bennett said he has heard that some of the surrounding farmers have signed leases. He visited the wind farm in Randolph County and talked to people living close to the wind turbines.

“We stopped at six farm houses,” Bennett said. “Not one good thing was said about them. One person said they have to close their shades in the morning and evening because of the flicker.” * * *

Expecting turbines to be close to her home, Cheryl McCambridge attended the meeting to get more information on the wind farm.

“My concern is the number of turbines they’re proposing,” she said. “I’m concerned about property values and health risks.” McCambridge said she’s somewhat surprised that three wind farms are being proposed for the county.

“Usually things don’t change a lot in Henry County, and this is quite a change,” she said. “I just recently found out where the turbines are going, so I’m surprised elected officials would support it so early.”

James McShurley said a wind farm won’t be constructed near gated communities in Carmel and Zionsville because the people have the money to stop a project. “This will create an economic dead zone,” he said. “There will be no new homes built, less remodeling and a lowering of property values.”

McShurly said a corporate citizen doesn’t divide a community and trample on the heritage. “We’re not a bunch of rubes as they think,” he said. “We’re farmers and business owners. What good is any money if the community is not fit to live in.”

See a lengthy list of other ILB posts re wind turbines.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 22, 2016 03:01 PM
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