When they came to get Riga, most people ignored it because they didn’t live in Riga. When they came for Ogden, nobody was worried because they didn’t live in Ogden. When they came for Palmyra…I realized Blissfield was being surrounded.
Forget about being noted for “Triple Bridges”, or “Antique and collectables shopping or even “black squirrels.” Blissfield will soon be known for Wind Farms.
To view a larger image click on the image, to view to maximum size download this PDF; 1_19_11 Wind Overlay Map.
I recently discovered your blog after searching on google for materials related to the wind turbines ( https://blissfield.wordpress.com/2010/07/28/rigas-wind-farm-issues/) proposed for Riga, Ogden, Palmyra, and Fairfield. I have to admit that I came there for that, but have enjoyed reading your posts immensely. I don’t live in the village, but read enough of the Advance to get the idea that there is a certain level of dysfunction there in town.
I also know from my battles in Ogden Twp. (where I live) and seeing what goes on in Riga, there are definitely the ruling cliques that don’t like to be questioned. It is your willingness to question that leads to this email. I did a FOIA request on some of the documents that Palmyra Twp. received in late January from Exelon Wind. They are proposing to use most of Palmyra Twp. for wind turbine development. The scope of this project has not been reported anywhere even though I have asked the Telegram and the Advance to publish the attached map. If you look at the attached map, they could be building turbines 2000 feet from the west edge of Blissfield, 1/2 mile of Palmyra (they weren’t even that gracious with Riga), and 2 miles of the east side of Adrian. Too bad for the folks in the Westbrooke subdivision in Blissfield. If the noise from US223 masks the turbines, there will still be shadows. Blissfield will be surrounded on 3 out of 4 cardinal directions by wind turbines. Do Blissfield residents realize that they can no longer ignore this? These projects for better or for worse may come to define Blissfield more than anything happening in the downtown area.
If you could turn this into a post, great. If not, I figured you were the sort that might still find it interesting. If you have more questions, feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer them. Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading more posts, wind related or not. 🙂
- 1_19_11 Ordinance Comparison
- 1_19_11 Palmyra Township Adopting Ordinance_JLB
- 1_19_11 Palmyra Township Wind Energy Ordinance (Overlay District) (CLEAN)_JLB
- 1_19_11 Zoning Request Cover Letter to Palmyra Township
Above are the documents that the Supervisor of Palmyra Twp. Jim Isley turned over via a FOIA request. Look them over and then read this article:
I also received this email from a concerned citizen in Ogden, along with supporting documents;
Adrian, Palmyra, and Blissfield should all be very concerned. They are going to be sucked into this debate.
Now does the proposed wind overlay district map mesh with what Mr. Ehlert said? I saw no mention of the northern half of the Twp. How many times are these guys going to change their story? How many people think that this will not impact them when it in fact could. Do you think people living on the south side of Academy have any idea this might impact them?
Note how Exelon/Great Lakes Wind has based their proposed ordinance on Huron County’s Ordinance. It uses a 1320 foot setback. WAY TOO CLOSE TO RESIDENTS.
Palmyra Twp. meets first Thursday of the month at 7pm at the Palmyra Firehall.
This snippet from the Blissfield Advance regarding setback issues discussed by Riga’s Planning Commission;
The setback distance will have an important effect on two of the most commonly cited drawbacks to wind turbines: noise and flicker effect. Noise is self-explanatory. Flicker effect is the phenomenon that occurs during the minutes that the sun shines through the twirling blades of the windmill portion of the turbine and into a residence.
During the public comment section of the meeting, Eugene Champagne, who lives near Elkton, the site of Harvest Farm wind turbine project, addressed the commission. Champagne said that his two-acre parcel is within a triangle formed by wind turbines of varying distance from his house: they are, respectively, 1,450; 1,400; and 1,350 feet from his home with three more within half of a mile from his house.
“I don’t want to see this happen to anyone else in the State of Michigan,” Champagne said, speaking of “noise as loud as someone speaking outside your window,” and “shadows running around in your house,” referring to the flicker effect.
He said that not only were the noise and flickering recurring nuisances, but the twirling blades of the wind turbines also interfered with his television reception to the point where he sought redress from the wind energy company, which, he said assured him that all he needed was a new television. The company bought him a new television and dish but the flickering reception continues, Champagne said.
“My recommendation is, don’t put complaint resolution in the hands of the developer,” he said. “I can’t take John Deere [the manufacturer] and Michigan Wind [the developer] to court because I can’t afford it. That’s why the setback issue is so important.”
Planning commission chairman Reg Karg asked Champagne what he felt a sufficient setback distance would be. “We are looking for some guidelines,” he said.
“I’m hesitant to name anything specific,” Champagne said, “but I can say that 1,400 feet won’t do it.”
If you want to make donations, join the fight or learn more about wind energy, a group of your neighbors have come together and organized a watchdog coalition http://iiccusa.org/
Here’s an in-depth primer about the costly (multi-billion-dollar) renewable energy garden path our government and lobbyists have been leading us down, this is a can’t miss read by Robert L. Bradley Jr. he is President of the Institute for Energy Research in Houston, Texas, the author of the two-volume Oil, Gas, and Government: The U.S. Experience and an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute, “Renewable Energy: Not Cheap, Not Green”
More Unintended Consequences
I was wondering about a couple of unintended consequences this government subsidized Wind Farm venture will bring. By erecting these monstrous turbines all across the country…er, globe, how much food-producing farmland has been redesignated, have you seen the massive footprint these 500′ towers make? Add that lost farmland onto the existing confiscated land already designated for the other energy grids and infrastructure – electric, gas/oil pipelines and the infamous ethanol production. Further reducing food production raises food costs.
If the turbines are disastrous to bats, won’t that explode the mosquito population? Wouldn’t this green technology take us toward bat extinction at some point?
Take a look at the subsidy ratio wind energy production is getting as opposed to other energy sources.