Last gasp for controversial Minnesota wind farm?
A letter from the owner of a proposed wind farm to regulators shows his frustration in the permitting process and a willingness to sell off assets of his investment. “New Era has no confidence that due process for this project will ever end, nor that an ABPP (Avian and Bat Protection Plan) will ever be approved, however comprehensively and carefully drafted,” said Peter Mastic, owner of New Era Wind Farm, in an April 17 letter to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. “A lot of the people that have been fighting this think it’s too good to be true,” said Kristi Rosenquist of the Coalition for Sensible Siting. “They want to see the official death certificate from the Public Utilities Commission before they’ll believe it’s really dead." Click here to read more
Wind Energy Reform Push in MN State Legislature
Minnesota House members Tim Kelly and Steve Drazkowski, along with first-term Senator Matt Schmitt, support legislation that would ensure Minnesota counties have a voice in wind energy siting. Another bill would reform (the often-reformed) "Community Based Energy Development" (CBED) laws from their current, quite meaningless state. These two bills look like common sense reform for some of the problems with Minnesota's current laws and practices for wind energy development. Click here to read more
Vitter Exposes Dept. of Justice Double Standard on Wind
Louisiana Senator David Vitter recently spoke out about injustice in the Justice Department: Why prosecute oil companies for killing ducks, while giving wind turbines a free pass for killing our national symbol of freedom - the American Bald Eagle? Citizens with the Coalition for Sensible Siting thank Senator Vitter and Senator Lamar Alexander for their excellent letter and questions. Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken not only fail to speak up for bald eagles in their own state, but have refused to meet with citizens for three years. Click here to read Sen. Vitter's statement
A Voice For Concerned Citizens
Efforts have been supported by individual citizens contributing their time, talent and money and by a few educated legislators acting in the public interest. In addition to raising technical and economic concerns, citizens around the world have shared their experiences of wind turbine impacts including: unique unregulated industrial noise, loss of property value, induced voltage, wildlife impact (protected eagles), and shadow flicker. In Minnesota and other parts of the Midwest, foreign-owned wind companies control ever-increasing prime agricultural production acreage on 50-year leases. The wind companies have your tax dollars, legal mandates written by their attorneys and lobbyists, government agencies, huge multi-national corporations and well-funded “non-profit wind promotion organizations” disguised as environmental organizations. Their goal is to get more of your tax and electrical rate money. Relentless participation by local citizens is bringing effective change. Help us change the future of industrial wind.
Coalition for Sensible Siting (CSS)
CSS recognizes the scientific, economic, and safety short falls of industrial wind. Turbines are, none-the-less, being installed and the Coalition for Sensible Siting advocates that citizens’ broad concerns, based upon science, economics and experience should hold sway over politicalagendas driven by financial gain when siting turbines. Citizens, who pay both the tax and electrical rate bill for renewable energy, should have a significant voice in the formation of national and state energy policy.
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