4294Re: [hreg] Is it just me?
- May 31, 2006
> Or has the point been lost on some people? I haveSorry, "OLD Jack" is just crazy.
> 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
> other complaints.
> 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
> this project.
> 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
> residents nauseous.
> "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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