A Tale of two meetings

Here’s a video news report from The Mackinac Center For Public Policy that reports on 2 meetings dealing with wind energy in Michigan that were held in Lansing last week, one hosted by AWEA (American Wind Energy Association) and the other by IICC (Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition).  See  which group is transparent and which excludes the press.  What are they trying to hide?

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Here’s an article in today’s Detroit News about the Wind Revolt in Huron County, MI

Wind power sets off revolt in Michigan’s Thumb

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This is a great article by Jack Spencer, Capitol Affairs Specialist from The Mackinac Center For Public Policy.

Wind Energy Allegations Deserve Hearings

Claims about efficiency, health hazards should be explored

http://www.mackinac.org/20933

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Here’s an update from Kevon Martis, Director of Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition (iiccusa.org). Take the time to follow the links in the article which provide some extremely informative information.

Dear friends and supporters:

We did it! I cannot thank you all enough for participating in our AWEA rally and IICC Energy Summit!

It was a huge success and is attracting national attention.

We had more than 30 people attend our seminar and nearly 25 were at the picket.

People traveled from Delta County in the UP (Thanks for making such a long trip!) as well as Sherman Township (Missaukee County? Oceana?), Huron, Clinton, Mason, Lenawee, Wayne, Sanilac, Benzie, Lenawee as well as folks from Central Ohio and Indiana!

We accomplished many things: we networked, we cried a little bit (sorry!), we ate, we protested and we educated-all from inside the same building that was hosting the American Wind Energy Association event.

I will not say more about the event but will say that we will likely plan another energy event in Lansing very soon!

Please take the time to check out all our amazing press coverage and post the links everywhere you can. AWEA is in damage control mode and the more we pass this around the more good we do for our cause!

Press coverage:

First time ever on the Frank Beckmann Show on WJR in Detroit:http://www.cumulusdetroit.com/audio/audio_013301.mp3

Full print article and MUST SEE video coverage of our event by CapCon. This will make you smile:http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/20932

Read as AWEA’s Peter Kelley lies about IICC and our Ohio colleague Tom Stacy:http://statenews.com/article/2015/01/protest-takes-place-outside-kellogg-center

Nice coverage by Huron County Viewhttp://huroncountyview.mihomepaper.com/news/2015-01-22/Community/Protestors_picket_wind_convention.html

North American Windpower covers us:http://www.nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.13864

We will have video of all our speakers on YouTube ASAP.

We need to grow our email base. Please forward this message to sympathetic folks. If you want to receive these emails please send me an email at kevon@kevonmartis.com and I will add you name to our list!

Thanks to all of our presenters including Rep. Ray Franz, Cary Shineldecker, Steven Transeth, Cal Peters, Tom Stacy, and Valerie Brader.

What a great day!

Follow IICC on Twitter: @IICCinc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Interstate-Informed-Citizens-Coalition-Inc-IICC/200366763310823
My personal Facebook page (I post the latest articles here as well as my conservative political thought ;): https://www.facebook.com/orville.fontucus

Sincerely,

Kevon Martis
Director
www.iiccusa.org

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Attend the Planning Commission on Tuesday, January 27 and see how the members handle a request for a Conditional Use Permit for a meteorological tower on James Galloway’s property.

Even though our ordinance doesn’t provide for one of these towers as a permitted use (Sec. 4.02 of zoning ordinance), the board members, at their last meeting telegraphed their intention to approve the permit. In order to erect the tower the owner must comply with the provisions of the ordinance that regulates Large Scale Wind Energy Facilities and apply for a Conditional Use Permit for a Large Scale Wind Energy Facility under Section 13 which is a permitted Conditional Use.

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We’ve updated the website to reflect new developments in the township

We’ve updated the About Save Reading and Our Mission tabs to reflect developments that have occurred since the zoning changes were rejected by township voters by the overwhelming margin of 71% to 29%.

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Here are comments made by Don and Eva Richardson at the Zoning Appeals meeting on Septembe 10, 2014 which was to consider a variance request from James Galloway for a wind measurement tower. Their comments convey the sentiments of the majority of Reading Township voters which were clearly heard in the referendum which soundly rejected (71% to 29%) the proposed amendments to the ordinance.

  1. Why should a variance be granted that would so negatively affect the long-time character of our community?  This would be the first steps to changing us from a quiet, rural, farming, residential, recreational area where we enjoy beautiful fields, vegetation, acres of farm crops and lakes to one that looks like an industrial park with no chance of ever returning to the quiet pastoral setting we now have.  Go look around Paulding, Ohio!
  2. As representatives of all Reading Township residents I/we urge you to consider the desire of residents who don’t want a wind farm against the few who do…those who enjoy the area as it is against the few who will benefit financially directly from turbines on their property.  Those not having turbines, who own homes near the affected area will most likely have the value of their property lessened.  Who would want to buy a home in a wind farm?
  3. We are told there are tax benefits BUT there are no specifics available.  We are shown where the farm is to be BUT there are no promises that it won’t be bigger.  We are told there will be jobs for local people but again NO specifics.  Do we have the right skilled people and for how long will the jobs last?  Even if these questions were answered – do we really want to see our community character changed for the financial benefit of a few people?
  4. Current zoning for our township was established after a great deal of thought considering the benefit of all residents allowing people to establish residence that fit the kind of surroundings they liked and wanted to invest in…to allow this variance, sets in motion a gigantic change in that principle after we have invested in our homesteads.  That’s not in the best interest for most people and is very unfair.  With that in mind how can you justify allowing this move to take place?
  5. Board of Review members – if you were asked to approve a variance to allow an airport (even a small one) next to your residence with no promise that it wouldn’t expand and that it would bring revenue to the township without specifics on the amount, would you want that to happen?
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ALERT: Wind supporters proposing new industrial wind facility

Attached are two recent articles from The Hillsdale Daily News regarding the proposal for a new industrial wind facility in our township.

There is a meeting at the township hall on September 24 at 7:00 P.M. to consider granting James Galloway and OWN Energy a variance in order to construct a 190 foot tall wind measurement tower.

You may want to consider attending the meeting.

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We will continue to keep you informed with news on this proposed project

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Here’s a first-hand account from a resident who has a turbine 1,139 feet from his property line

This video is from a recent meeting where Cary Shineldecker makes comments concerning the Consumers Energy complaint process he is dealing with in Mason County, MI.
Their ordinance is stricter than ours which illustrates why you must VOTE NO ON FEBRUARY 26 TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY RIGHTS.

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What life is like in the shadow of turbines

The following letter was sent to the Hillsdale and Coldwater newspapers.  This will be our reality if the Duke amendments are approved by Reading Township voters.

Hello-

My name is Cary Shineldecker.  My wife and I life in Riverton Township, Mason County, Michigan, between Ludington and Pentwater.  I understand that Reading Township has a community and county changing vote coming up regarding zoning ordinance amendments. These amendments were not submitted by residents of the Reading Township or even residents of Hillsdale County.  These amendments were applied for by a huge energy company, Duke Energy, who simply would like to create negligently permissive industrial wind turbine zoning within Reading Township and Hillsdale County.   I am very familiar with these type amendments because Consumers Energy did the same thing in my community and now my family, my neighbors and my community have to live with the consequences.   When this happened to us, we had no one to warn us, no outside citizens to help.   I am requesting that you place my letter to the editor that I have written in your paper in letters to the editor, as others see it, or in opinions, before the election in Reading Township.

The zoning ordinances that Duke has applied for would be more permissive than we have and our impacts are devastating for many of us, including my family, that live closest to these huge industrial machines.   I am attaching both the letter and a picture that I took of my home as Consumers Erected a Vestas V100 1.8 MW, 476’ tall turbine, 1139’ from my property line and about 1200’ from my former bedroom window.  We now sleep in our basement many nights to protect ourselves from the vibration and noise that penetrates our home.   Please let me know if you would be able to publish this for the sake of your residents and readers.  People will have no idea of the consequences of this vote until it is too late.  

Thank you,  Cary Shineldecker, 3514 W. Kistler Road, Ludington, MI  49431

Text of the letter to the editor follows:

Please Vote to Defeat Duke Energy’s Amendments – Protect Your Community

I am writing to the good citizens of Reading Township about the upcoming referendum vote regarding their wind ordinance amendments put forward by Duke Energy and passed by the Township Board.

I am a resident of Riverton Township, Mason County, Michigan and an unwilling neighbor of industrial wind turbines.  Since beginning operation on Thanksgiving Day, 2012, I can honestly say without reservation that Consumers Energy and their 56 – 476’ Industrial Wind Turbines are absolutely turning in to the most nightmarish bad neighbors imaginable.

Thus far in the past two months since commercial operation began our home is filled with intrusive modulating noise emissions in both high and low-frequency.  These noise emissions cannot only be heard but felt throughout our bodies while in our home.  The sensations of pulsing in our eyes, head, ears and chest are relentless and physiologically disturbing.  Sleep disturbance is routine, headaches and ear pressure are the new normal.  Everything you have researched, read and heard from wind turbine victims around the world is true.

Rumors of neighbors suffering are becoming prevalent, both leased and non-leased people are having significant problems with sleep disturbance, pressure in ears, and severe headaches.  Some people have already left their homes and many are currently making plans to sell and leave, or just leave.  Sleep is a requirement of healthy living and with giant industrial turbines as neighbors; restful sleep seems to be an unachievable physical necessity.  My wife and I have put an air mattress on the floor of a storage room in our basement in order to attempt to seek sanctuary from the relentless pulsations that seem to not be at all inhibited by our homes walls.  Believe me, considering abandoning your home of 16 years  is a daunting thought to consider on a home you have raised your family in.

As it stood, your ordinance at 40 dBA at the property line was on the upper level of what I would now, based on my own living experience, consider adequate.  There simply is no other place to measure setbacks, whether for noise, setbacks, or flicker than the property line.  It is your property, all of it, all the way to your property line.  This is the only satisfactory place to say here is the line, do not cross it.

I personally plead to every Reading Township registered voter to get out and vote in the referendum.  Duke Energy may have left, but the production tax credit still exists, the state mandate continues in place and the dirty wheels of big wind are still turning and Reading Township is squarely in the cross-hairs.  Do not be lulled into a sense of false security.  Get out and Vote and defeat the Duke Energy’s proposed ordinance.  It is your township, you pay the taxes, and you should govern it, not Duke Energy.

Believe me when I say, you do not want to live our new reality.  If you love your home, your neighbors, and your community, do not weaken your zoning protections.  No one cares about you, but you.  I wish you and your community a lifetime of health, safety, and welfare.  May God Bless You.

Very Sincerely,

Cary Shineldecker, Riverton Township, Mason County, Michigan

 

 

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