No Turbines/ Rezoning on Short Mountain-Hardy County, WV
A Chicago-based developer, Invenergy, is proposing construction of a 19-turbine wind farm to line the top of Short Mountain Ridge for SIX miles, near the Baker substation in Hardy County. The proposed turbines are over 600 feet tall, higher than any building in WV, and nearly twice the size of the Empire State Building! This would require that residential land in the Short Mountain region of Hardy County be rezoned.
-EACH turbine would require dozens of acres of trees to be cleared, with adverse effects to the wildlife and natural landscape. The massive 607 foot high turbines would become the most dominant element in the environment, creating light pollution and destroying the forest and habitats that make Hardy County unique and beautiful. The destruction of this vibrant mountain landscape would also decimate forest habitat for Short Mountain wildlife residents like the American Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Turkey Vultures, Whippoorwill, Whitetail Deer, Black Bears, and many others.
-Property value losses of over 30% have been reported by homes up to TWO miles away from commercial wind development. Nearby residents may not fully understand the loss in value until AFTER the project would be completed.
-Noise is the #1 complaint of residents that reside near wind turbines. Mechanical and low frequency noise caused by the motion of the massive turbine blades generate a near constant pulse. Many other residents near turbines report other health impacts such as headaches and dizziness from the impact of low frequency noise and the effect of strobe lighting from the rotating blades that intersect the lights.
-Safety issues related to turbines have also been reported, with increased lightning strikes, tower collapses, ice throw, and stray voltage.
What you can do- EVERY VOICE COUNTS!
Call the Hardy County Commission (304) 530-0284
Call the Hardy County Planning Commission (304) 530-0257
Tell them that you OPPOSE REZONING ON SHORT MOUNTAIN.
Tell them that you OPPOSE A WIND FARM ON SHORT MOUNTAIN