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Letter to the editor: Please just say no to wind turbines in Huntington County

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014 12:01 am
Jerry Brubaker of Warren recently had a letter published in local newspapers that reported on his visit to Benton County to experience the sights and sounds of industrial wind turbines. He wrote there are 489 active in that area.They were installed beginning in 2008 by Duke Energy, one year before local promoter Apex Clean Energy began their business.

The U.S. Department of Energy recently published 2013 IWT statistics, and Indiana is near the bottom for reliability of wind as well as electric production (27.9 percent) of total turbine capacity.

Total electric production from IWT was 4 percent of the U.S. total. Adjusted for grid inability to utilize and dumping, the net was about 1 percent. Solar electric production represented 0.25 percent of the total.

Since mother nature does her own thing, it is necessary to have human-control of the speed of the turbines. At too high a speed, a wind turbine can literally tear itself to pieces, such as happened in Tipton in April. The debris was spread over a large area of the adjoining field.

A picture of that disaster was included with several other IWT failures, presented to members of the Huntington County Plan Commission on June 11. Some showed total collapse of the tall devices.

Because of nature’s uncertainty, IWT operators use a system to monitor the speed of wind turbines. They control the speed and pitch of the blades.

Brubaker’s stated “sound like a clothes dryer” is not out of the question. People from all parts of the world say the 24/7 IWT sounds are sometimes like a thump, thump, thump and at other times resemble a jet plane taking off.

The show Brubaker and others witnessed in Benton was a planned event, much like that presented at Van Wert, Ohio, for the Channel 21 recently.

Sorry, Mr. Brubaker, but the sound you and the other Apex guests experienced is not the low frequency variety that is the world-wide cause of near pandemic negative health issues.

The present Huntington County Ordinance 2009/10-17 sets the maximum noise level at 60 decibels (high frequency). The World Health Organization states it should not exceed 25 decibels (low frequency).

The total households that have signed contracts with Apex represent 0.084 percent of the 14,224 households in Huntington County. The final chance for repealing or amending the current ordinance is before the plan commission.

It’s up to you. Thankfully, all our family reside in Wabash County where officials (like eight other surrounding governments) took steps a long time ago to block out Apex and all like-minded green energy interlopers.

What did they know that our local officials have missed?

John Paul



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