Local Group Pushing Back on Wind Farms
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By Echo Menges
A local group of Knox and Schuyler County citizens met with the Knox County Commission on Friday, January 8, 2021, to express their concerns about Tenaska’s NEMO Wind Project. The group gave a two-hour presentation to the commission citing concerns about the sound, shadow flicker and livestock, wildlife and hunting disruptions caused by the massive wind turbines.
Carrie March, Nakila Blessing and Connie Slaughter-Hawkins discussed their experiences with the High Prairie Wind Farm in Schuyler County. They were joined by Ben Bradley and Michelle Davis of Knox County, and showed videos of turbine flicker affecting their homes along with audio of the sound turbines produce from over a mile away.
“The protections for the people here start and end with you,” Carrie March to the Commission. “There is no State (regulation). There is no Federal (regulation). The majority of wind industry in Missouri is self regulated.”
The group handed out a massive amount of information they collected, which is available to the public on their webiste: https:// nemowindinfo.wixsite. com/website under “All Our Information”.
Since the meeting, a group of Knox County citizens began circulating two petitions throughout the county aiming to collect over 250 signatures to prohibit industrial wind and commercial solar farms in the county, and to place a minimum 12-month moratorium on building wind turbines. Those interested in looking at the petitions can email benb4440@ gmail.com, call 660- 341-1155 or visit Bobbi Clark’s Accounting office in Edina.
An hour-log video recorded during the meeting is available on edinasentinel.com.