Sign Our Petition Opposing Wind Turbine Construction!

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To Somerset County Commissioners

Petition to the Somerset County Commissioners

We respectfully ask the Somerset County Commissioners to prohibit the construction of large industrial wind turbines in Somerset County.

Once built, the character, environment and unity of the county will never return. Much more study is needed before any project of this magnitude be undertaken. Some of the many problems are:

• Multiple studies show that property values significantly decline especially near turbines.

• County tax base will decline as property values decrease.

• There will be little or no long-term economic benefit. Permanent jobs will be few with low pay. Construction will be mostly by contractors from out of the area.

• Electric bills will rise significantly.

• Economic development at the Pax River, Crisfield Airport and Wallops Island facilities is jeopardized, as is our national security.

• A large body of research shows that health risks increase substantially near turbines from noise pollution, low-frequency noise, and light flicker, including tinnitus, headaches, and disturbed sleep.

• Catastrophic damage can occur from ice throw, debris throw, fire from lightning, and from damaged or deteriorated turbines.

• Full and sustained funding is not guaranteed for construction, maintenance, and removal of the turbines. There is risk that the developer and ultimate manager(s) will not be available to fund all phases of the project, leaving the burden to county taxpayers.

• The wind turbine program would not exist without state and federal taxpayer subsidies in the form of tax credits and mandates.

• The scenic rural beauty of Somerset County, its history, and wildlife are in peril.

• Turbines do not belong near our homes, schools, churches, and historical landmarks.

We are proud of our county, and stand together to protect it by signing the WIND TURBINE PETITION.

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