Just starting at this and I don’t know what I am doing. I always believed e-mail was enough to keep up the communication however since I’ve been bombarded with the prospect of an Industrial Wind Development, it was suggested to me to start blogging and relating what I have learnt about this so called green phenomena in my last 2 years of researching about wind energy.
As you can see from my site name, I feel as though I have become less than a valued person in my community. In dealing with wind developers and gov’t agencies, it’s become pretty apparent that rural folk such as myself are not treated with the same distinction that my urban friends receive. In fact an old class mate of mine (who is working for a gov’t agency) even said “I understand people’s frustration and yet have come to realize that we can’t continue living “unsustainably”; tough choices have to be made and regrettably there will be sacrifices made by a minority to achieve results for the majority”.
Am I living on “Animal Farm”???
The proof of this was when my county started developing set-backs for wind turbines. It starts off with 1.25 times the height (usually 150 m) of a turbine away from provincial roads and railways. From there, a requirement of 1 km is stipulated from a settlement area (town, hamlet etc). Now for us people having to live next to turbines, the stipulation is a minimum of 450 metres (that’s in my municipality, others have a min. of 300m) I’m told that the 1 km requirement is for settlement expansion, but does that mean urban houses will be built to within the 450 m distance??? It will be interesting to see if that comes true. I have still to find the scientific data which stipulates that 450 or 300 m is O.K. This is strictly a distance that has been stipulated by the wind industry. Just so that you know.