- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Volkswind USA has put on hold its efforts to build a wind farm near Hallam and Cortland in southeast Nebraska.

The company recently asked the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department to put its eight permit applications on hold, the Lincoln Journal Star reported (https://bit.ly/1tzPkK8 ). Sara Hartzell of the department said the Oregon-based company wants to do more noise studies and reach out to residents concerned about the project. Placing an application on hold doesn’t mean the project is dead, she said.

“The company will decide when to get moving again,” Hartzell said.

On Thursday, Volkswind USA’s president Jeffrey Wagner also made a similar request for the company’s permit applications in Gage County. Wagner said the company wants to fine-tune the wind farm’s layout based on the size of turbine it chooses. He said he doesn’t know when the application process will resume.

The company wants to build the wind farm on 11,000 acres of Nebraska land, 7,000 acres in Lancaster County and 4,000 acres in Gage County. It wants to sell electricity generated from the wind farm and has submitted a bid to utility Lincoln Electric System.

Cindy Chapman, one of the organizers of Stop Hallam Wind, is pleased to hear the applications have been placed on hold for now. She and others are concerned about potential noise, reduced property values and the effect on migratory waterfowl.

“It just gives us a little more time to gather the information we need to present to both planning commissions on why these (turbines) are a danger to people’s health,” she said.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com


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