4293Is it just me?
- May 31, 2006Or has the point been lost on some people? I have
heard nonesense in my time, but somebody please tell
me these people are not sniffing paint?
Lawsuit seeks to stop wind farm
BLOOMINGTON -- A Bloomington attorney compared a $500
million wind farm set for construction in eastern
McLean County to a psychedelic disco party that will
have nearby residents vomiting in their back yards.
In a lawsuit filed last week, attorney Jack Vieley
accuses the McLean County Board and Horizon Wind
Energy of ignoring or downplaying the potential
dangers of the facility, including high voltage,
cancer risk and noise and shadow pollution, among
Hes representing Lawrence and Rene Taylor, an
Ellsworth family living near the future Twin Groves
Wind Farm. Vieley is seeking an administrative review
of the project to delay or potentially prohibit
Vieley also seeks to force Horizon to pay fair market
value for his clients home, claiming the Taylors
quality of life and property value have been
Horizon chief development officer Michael Skelly noted
the numerous safety and noise assessment studies on
They can be viewed online at www.horizonwind.com.
"There are some extensive studies that have been done
on the impacts of this project. Its fairly clear that
were not hiding anything from anybody," Skelly said.
"Sometimes people have issues and its a subjective
thing," Skelly said. "We work with a lot of
(residents) to alleviate these concerns with
landscaping. The landscaping is typically focused
around peoples yards so the wind farm is less
Assistant States Attorney Brian Hug said the county
provided ample notice and time for residents to
express concerns before the county approved the
project. The County Board also read an adequate amount
of research on the safety aspects of the project, he
Vieley said moving shadows from up to 267 turbines
will have a hypnotizing effect and likely make nearby
"It has a psychedelic effect. Ive been to disco
parties where there are flashing lights or strobe
lights and people have had to go outside to vomit. I
think thats what will happen here. Youll have people
vomiting in their back yards," said Vieley, who said
he expects more Ellsworth residents to join the case.
"If a tornado came through here, you could have mass
destruction or mass death if one of these things came
cycling through town," he added. "Im telling you, if
some kid gets cut by one of these blades or someone is
injured, youll say, Old Jack wasnt so crazy.'"
Construction should begin within the next month,
Skelly said, and the farm should be partially
operational this fall. The farm is expected to provide
energy to around 120,000 homes.
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