In doing some research, I learned that a town in Ontario, Canada, voted no. They were not willing to have industrial wind turbines in their area under any circumstances. I also read on Wind Watch that England has done the same thing. They do not want them.
I provided the commissioners at Thursday’s (Jan. 2) meeting pictures of the thousands of wind turbines I had seen in Palm Springs, Calif., over Christmas vacation. There were thousands of them, and you could only see one or two moving. I’m convinced they were not moving as a result of the wind hitting them at the right time, as the news is California has 14,000 turbines that aren’t in operation. When I questioned someone about this, I was told it was due to a lack of maintenance. I also saw one broken in half with the broken part lying on the ground. No telling how long it had been there.
I’d like to voice my opinion of the meeting’s speakers. It was my understanding this meeting was being held to hear from the citizens of Carteret County and their thoughts. I was quite upset when two women spoke up from Weyerhaeuser and two nice-looking young (sales) men spoke for Torch Renewable. The time taken by the four of them would have allowed more citizens to speak and voice their opinions and fears. If Weyerhaeuser and Torch want to voice their opinions, or any information they may have to offer, they should hold their own meetings whereby the citizens could ask questions regarding their concerns. Though this is my feeling, it’s very doubtful either would consider doing this.
The acreage in Newport and stretching outside into the county is a small portion of what Weyerhaeuser owns in Carteret County. Where would they sign on for the next industrial wind turbine farm to be constructed? It could be almost anywhere. Therefore, my suggestion is that the county and town say “no,” that they are not welcomed in our county, stopping what could be continuous action on their part.
I was told by one commissioner that the state supported the turbines. I explained that I had heard the governor was not for them and was very concerned about the Cherry Point Marine base. Should the commissioners consider my suggestion, it would eliminate the necessity of the 60-day moratorium, as well as eliminating the multiple meetings and endless work by the Planning Commission in Newport and the county. Think of the tax money this would save.
Granted, the restrictions implemented in 2008 when they wanted to put up three turbines next to my home in Bettie are the greatest I’ve seen anywhere, and I thank the then Planning Commissioner Harry Archer for all the work he and others did. We were truly blessed with their efforts.
The commissioners also need to say “no” to any solar farm. If people want them on their home, business, etc., set restrictions, but to ruin our beautiful countryside with something like this is wrong.
I could give you a dozen reasons not to allow the turbines or solar farm in our county, but instead, I’ve chosen to ask everyone to simply say “no.” One last suggestion, get a bell to let people know when time is up.
Hilda E. Davis, Gloucester