- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

BAD AXE, Mich. (AP) - Some people living in Michigan’s Thumb region have told elected officials that too many wind turbines going up in their area.

Huron County already has 328 turbines and that number could top 500 this year as developers plan more, the Huron Daily Tribune in Bad Axe (https://bit.ly/1TXWB2k ) reported.

Residents told county officials Wednesday that they are forced to endure the noise from the turbines, lights on the structures and seeing them on what once were farm fields.

“Our quality of life has been taken away, replaced with a pollution of never-ending noise, shadow flicker, red blinking lights,” Oliver Township resident Margo Barry said.

Michigan’s Public Service Commission in 2009 designated the Thumb region as the primary wind energy resource zone, according to Jeff Smith, Huron County building and zoning director.

The drive for wind energy also has developers looking at Huron County for turbine sites, he said.

A number of landowners in the county have signed on to lease their land to utilities and developers for wind projects, according to the newspaper.

“The biggest thing is the landowners who signed up,” said Smith, who supported the county’s current ordinance that sets rules for wind projects. “They started the process with developers. It started with landowners, and people seem to forget that.”

Jon Elliott of Pigeon lives near one 44-turbine project. More turbines - with longer blades - are coming to nearby townships.

“I don’t want to have those right at my back door,” Elliott told county planners. “I might as well put a for-sale sign on and have you guys buy the place.”

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Information from: Huron Daily Tribune, https://www.michigansthumb.com

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