This Letter to the Editor is written in response to ‘Miami County Issues’ that published in the Peru Tribune on Feb. 8th, 2018.
Dear Editor of Peru Indiana Today and readers of Miami County,
The authors of a recent opinion piece published in the Peru Tribune said several things about a local wind energy development that did not sit right with me. I support the idea of a fair dialogue around the issue, but I do not support the level of misinformation that I am seeing in our community.
First off, the author talks about the need for Miami County to build a new highway garage, and how “residents will be paying for this garage for many years to come.” One way that we can avoid costly payments to upgrade our infrastructure is by allowing millions of dollars in revenue to flood into our coffers from this wind project. Over $76 million will be contributed to Miami and Cass counties over the next two decades! Logically, this money would go to local improvements such as the highway garage, schools buildings, and road pavement. The project would create 30 permanent jobs and 300-400 construction jobs. Why should we oppose this investment when it makes so much economic sense and is beneficial for all residents of our county?
Another issue I have is with the claims the authors make about the effects of wind turbines. Yes, they are tall. But they are not going to “destroy the landscape,” and they especially aren’t going to kill livestock. I fully understand the turbines are not for everyone but RES, the developers of the project, has a policy that allows for payments to neighbors adjacent to properties where turbines are placed. Peoples’ property rights are not being trampled on, fair compensation is being provided.
Another false claim was made about groundwater contamination resulting from turbine construction. This is blatantly untrue, no case in the US has been found, and reports from Canada are conflicting. The foundations are not even ten feet deep into the ground, far too shallow to cause the kind of damage that anti-winders are claiming.
A wind “farm” is a wonderful way to describe this development. You harvest crops on a farm, and these majestic turbines are harvesting the wind hundreds of feet above our heads and turning it into electricity for our nation.
I support this project because you can still use your land even when turbines are present. They have a tiny footprint on land, not to mention their emission-free electricity generation. While you may not like the sight of them, I personally think that these marvels of engineering are a testament to the human spirit, and they will show visitors and investors in our state that Indiana is a 21st-century powerhouse.