In response to the Scioto Ridge Industrial Wind Complex comments by Mr. Dagger of Everpower:
The wind industry has zero credibility and to believe they have “best practices” is laughable. Even the insurance industry now reports that claims are exceeding premiums. Batavianews.com reported at the Orangeville, N.Y., wind project, G.E. blades started coming apart. G.E. said the problem affected about 1.5 percent of its total blade population. Local commenters point out they won’t tell how far blade parts traveled.
The same was true up in Paulding County at the Timber Creek project where the distance blade pieces traveled was suppressed but children were reported to have picked up pieces in their yards. Ask Milo Schaffner, a Van Wert County township trustee, who measured the debris himself.
Ohio siting guidelines are some of the worst in the nation. They don’t even measure from property lines. When residents tried to get the setbacks from their own homes extended to 1,250 feet, they were blocked by the wind industry with the help of state Sen. Cliff Hite.
Everpower was asked by an intervener at a hearing about building a new home on property between a turbine and a home that was built previous to construction of a turbine — meaning the older home has met required distance setbacks from the turbine by the state.
The intervener was told that the new home would be built “at their own risk.” We thought safety was a No. 1 concern for residents of this project; apparently that means current residents only, not future members of our community.
The industry and their champions, like Hite, care about their own special interest, which is money and the community be damned.
— Anthony and Katie Elsasser, Belle Center