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Wind Farm Opposition

Wind Farm Opposition

Construction is getting close to starting on wind farm projects in southwest missouri and southeast kansas.


Wind Farm Opposition

Is getting close to starting on wind farm projects in southwest missouri and southeast kansas.

And that includes one in barton county, missouri.

But many people there -- don't know anything about it.

Koam's zach dodge talked to a woman who is working to change that.

Ryan: "it wasn't until i actually saw it with my own eyes, and realized it was gonna effect me personally, that i got concerned and decided to get involved."

In june, liberty utilities got approval from the missouri public service commission to build wind farms in southwest missouri..

Including barton county.

According to liberty utilities, the project will bring about 140 wind turbines split between barton, dade, jasper and lawrence counties.

And save customers 300 million dolls over 30 years.

In january, the barton county commission signed an implementation agreement, that puts the setbacks to 500 feet from a public road..

And 500 feet from a non-participating property line.

Ryan: "there's just so many issues related to wind turbines, but the main issue is that they are putting these way too close."

Jennifer ryan held a public meeting in lamar to share info..

And her opinion..

She gained from talking to county officials, liberty utilities, and people in other parts of the state who live near them.

Ryan: "i've talked to people in dekalb county that have the turbines, colorado, michigan, i mean all over, and all of these people are stating that they are having health issues from these turbines, and their setbacks are much larger."

Many people at the meeting said they didn't even know about the project..

Claiming the county commission didn't do their job of letting the public know.

Witt: "i try and keep informed, and it just amazes me that all of the elected representatives that we have have concered to let this happen."

And many others say they plan to fight the project as long as they can.

In barton county, zach dodge, koam news.

Jordan: we reached out to liberty utilities to get more information on where the turbines will be built, and how tall they will be.

But they refereed us to the contractor.

Construction is expected to start on all of the wind farms this fall.


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