Jay County residents want to stop a proposed wind farm

A small victory for people who want to put a stop to a proposed win farm. Jay County City Council said 'No' to a 10-year tax abatement that would have saved Scout Energy nearly $5 million to build the wind farm.

Posted: May 9, 2018 10:58 PM

PORTLAND, Ind. (WFFT)- A small victory for people who want to put a stop to a proposed win farm. Jay County City Council said 'No' to a 10-year tax abatement that would have saved Scout Energy nearly $5 million to build the wind farm.

In Portland, Indiana, people are hoping to put a stop to a proposed wind farm. People are saying the wind farm will create financial and health problems.

"It's not green energy, the only thing green about it is the money," said resident Steve Fouch.

The wind farm is proposed for Richland and Jefferson Townships in Jay County. It’s called the Scout Energy-Bitter Ridge wind farm. People say they just recently found out about it.

“Didn't even realize that there was an ordinance in Jay County that any wind developer in the world can come in to Jay County and pick out townships or the rest of Jay County and can put up wind turbines following the ordinances,” said resident Jeff Birsfield.

Birsfield says the $150 million dollar investment wasn’t discussed with the public.

"We found that these wind farm companies want to come in under the radar because they don't want the resistance on it.”

A decrease in property value, heath issues due to low frequency sounds and wildlife safety are just a few of the concerns residents have. Deana Powell and Steve Fouch both live near Bluff Point where wind turbines were just built in Fall of 2017. They say they’re already seeing the effects.

“It messes up the landscape and they're pretty noisy,” said Fouch.

"Since they're up, I have headaches everyone night and I also have ear problems," said Powell.

People who like the idea of the wind farm say that money from the project could go back into the economy and create jobs for people during the construction on phases.

"We have iron workers, we have operators, laborers and electricians. These are not long -term jobs, but they are very well-paying jobs," said State of Indiana Regional Laborers Union.

People who are against the wind farm say, there would only be about 2 to 4 long-term jobs as a result of the project. March 10, Planning Commission members decide if they will change outdated ordinances for the wind turbines.

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