2012.06.06 Lori Glisson: Vote 'No,' safer regulations needed

Written by David Green.

Why would the board pass an ordinance that does not have enough safety regulations to protect the residents of the township? Is it just because the supervisor's dad is/was? the president of Great Lakes Wind? Safer setbacks are needed as well as other safety issues.  We need an ordinance that regulates on the side of health and safety. Not one the side of how many turbines can we squeeze into Seneca Township regardless if it would put some people at risk.

What happens when a turbine that is 1500 feet from your home catches on fire? How many fire departments are equipped to put out a fire on a turbine that is 500 feet tall? I guess you let it burn, as it does the burning debris can be scattered who knows how far. What happens to the oil inside the turbine and its base? A single turbine may contain up to 700 gallons of oil. Where would it go? Into the surrounding ground, then into our well water? I could not find anything in the ordinance that deals with an underground containment system. What about the April 24 turbine malfunction and debris scatter in Paulding County, Ohio?

If you have questions, there is going to be an informational meeting on June 27 at the Morenci American Legion at 7 p.m. I would recommend that everyone attend.

– Lori Glisson

Seneca Hwy., Morenci

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