Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Not In My Backyard: Wind Turbines Face Resistence

A rural county in Virginia finds resistence to a plan to situate wind turbines there, according to the New York Times. The turbines would provide 39 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power 15,000 homes.

Jerry Rexrode, a county supervisor who voted to approve a conditional use permit for the wind farm in 2005, said most people he had talked to supported the project. David Jessee, manager of an auto parts store, said of the turbines: “I don’t see a thing wrong with them. Economically, the windmills would draw in a little money and maybe bring everyone up around here.”

But Randy Richardson, president of Highlanders for Responsible Development, a group that opposes the project, said people worried about noise pollution from the turbines’ blades and light pollution from the red strobes that would alert aircraft to the 400-foot-tall structures.
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