Outsourcing windmill energy is a 'not in my backyard' mentality

Oct 07, 2016

To the Editor:

I address this primarily to Mr. Saltonstall and Dr. Francis: Think about this for a moment, please: Hideaway Village in Bourne and the industrial wind turbine neighbors in Plymouth will NEVER be able to “go back to how they were before.” The Stone Estate, in Marion's estimation, was untouchable, but it was OK to put the 268 homes of Hideaway Village in harm's way as long as your town did not have to suffer the consequences, the noise annoyance, the loss of private property rights, the loss in property value and the Stone Estate remained “whole.”

The people of Bourne had a right to be freaking out, whether over their roads or over what they knew would occur once those turbines reached the MannProject site in Plymouth. The people on the Bourne side of the project were not part of the process.

Would the residents of Marion have been happy to have that tonnage and vibration brought over their roadways and past the Stone Estate? (Based on the sense of well-being displayed at being able to just go back to your old ways if the MannProject did not work for Marion as expressed in the “success for Marion” article, I think not.)

On both the Bourne side and the Plymouth side of the MannProject, people have begun to feel the impacts of the industrial wind machines that were allowed to be built in Plymouth.

The mentality displayed by the people of Marion in this article is the worst sort of Nimbyism and truly is reflective of, “It is OK to ruin other people's lives, and I go along with the industrial wind turbine mandates and agenda as long as it is not in my backyard, in my hometown, in the place I call home.”

In 2011, at the time Marion was considering a turbine and rejected it, my neighbors and I were in the process of considering the Moon Island (Quincy) Project. At the time, we knew very little about industrial wind turbines other than what the developer and the pro wind people told us. When the time came closer to making a decision, we began to do our homework in order to ask the right questions and make a good decision.

Not unlike Marion, we learned very quickly about the Falmouth issue. We learned very quickly about negative health impacts from places around the world; we learned about strobing and noise, and at the time we did not even consider the damage the heavy equipment would do to our only access road. Not unlike Marion, we did not feel industrial wind turbines made very good neighbors. As a neighborhood, we were instrumental in rejection of the Moon Island Project for some of the very same reasons that Marion rejected the Great Hill Project.

It is truly unfortunate that people, all people, have not been made aware of the truths of the industrial wind turbine mandates and agenda. It is a costly experiment. It will never change global warming or climate change. I would like to think that the people of Marion, or any other community where they are considering purchasing “energy” produced by another city or town, would turn down the offer by a developer because they knew that someone else was going to be put in harm's way based on their own knowledge and research. And, if they know nothing about industrial wind turbine “hazards” that minimally they would take the time to learn about the subject before they rejected or signed onto the Power Purchase Agreement. Had there been no takers, the MannProject would not exist.

My connection with the MannProject comes as a result of the Moon Island Project. Since that time, I and others became advocates for industrial wind turbine victims and support groups who are fighting industrial wind turbines in their backyards.

Marie Stamos

Comments (1)
Posted by: Ted North | Oct 08, 2016 13:50

This is a wonderful letter on point and timely too. The protagonist cited are the activist leadership of the Marion Energy Committee. The EMC effectively sandbagged the Marion Board of Selectmen and the Town Meeting on how wonderful the Future Generation wind contract would be for Marion. The risk factors of this wind deal were never understood much less explain.

The EMC and Town management has never understood the terms of this contract. This has to be one of the worst transactional contracts the Town could sign.

The contact is essentially a 20 year commodities requirements contact. The Town assumes all material adverse changes for a twenty-year period with no contract “outs” or price protections.

Now the EMC presents the Marion Fall Town meeting with a warrant article that would request permanent legislative changes to Marion’s home rule authority that effectively mandates funding energy projects. This simply means the EMC can acquirer more electric cars without Town meeting approval.

The EMC looks to the wind contract as providing some sort of phantom income to fund its insidious agenda. The wind contract provides no income to the town. The cash payments the Town receives from the power company for wind credits are nothing more than purchase price adjustment for the cost of electricity. It is more probable then remote Marion will be upside down on its future electricity costs as the result of this contract.

Post construction compliance and production issues of a high risk wind project will not doubt drag Marion into the cranberry bogs were this project is located.

The wind project failures and problems at Falmouth, Fairhaven and Kingston should be lessons learned for any community contemplating such a fools’ project.

Large scale wind turbines have no place in populated area. Finally, we may look to the joys of Cape Wind being finally dead and buried.

Yes, this has been wonderful letter for comment.

Ted North, Marion

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