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Posey County Residents Divided Over Wind Turbines

One story we’ve been following this year has a community split about where wind turbines could be allowed in Posey County. And a public hearing that took place on Tuesday, Nov. 16th is inching closer to that controversial decision.

Posted: Nov 17, 2020 6:02 PM

"Currently, there are one hundred and fifty of these doppler radars in the United States and thank God we have one in our area because I'm sure it saves countless lives,” said Posey County Commissioner Randy Thunberg during a public hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 16th.

“Will I be safe in a storm?” This is a question Posey County residents are asking as government leaders continue to debate on where wind turbines will be allowed inside of the county.

With the big concern being they could cause interference with weather warnings -- leaving families possibly unaware and unsafe if there is a tornado.

And some Posey County residents say wind turbines should only be allowed inside of mitigation or consultation zones, instead of leaving it up to developers to work with the National Weather Service.

"They don't produce all of the information that is relevant for the National Weather Service to make a suggestion as to mitigation strategies and they are notorious for failing to cooperate,” said concerned citizen Erin Bauer.

In Gibson County, where the Tri-State's doppler is located, there is an ordinance that does not allow wind turbines to be built in mitigation and consultation zones. And concerned citizens say that Posey County needs to follow suit.

"If we're not consistent then Gibson County is protecting its citizens and then Posey County is undoing Gibson County's work,” Bauer said. “Not only are the citizens of Posey County and Gibson County effected, but the citizens of Vanderburgh County would be effected as well."

And commissioners say while they want economic expansion for the county, they also understand worries when it comes to safety.

"To protect that doppler radar and thousands of individuals in the northern part of the country and down in this area, it comes down in this area, that's what I think we need to do,” Thornburg said.

Since not all of the commissioners were in attendance at their Tuesday meeting, they will vote on the amendment at their next one on Dec. 1st.

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