We have lived in the area for over 21 years and have adjoining property to the wind farm, we have just in 1 mile over 12 neighbors who will be affected and that live here as well, so yes it is populated.
The wind farm will be located in a fairly populated area just to the east, southeast and northeast of Calhan, on the beautiful ridge of rolling hills. There are MANY neighbors that have not been nor will be compensated for having to hear, see, feel, and watch blinking red lights all night from these turbines. Our cattle ranch is located just east of the project on adjoining land and we were never contacted by Golden West until 6 weeks before the decision was to be made by the County Commissioners; none of our neighbors to the east of us were contacted at all. Many don't realize that wind turbines do not pay for themselves, that only after hefty federal subsidies will they be able to be erected and then continue to be funded by the federal government; they cannot operate without these federal dollars so they are paid for by you and me. The person that stated this was a ponzi scheme was actually an energy engineer who stated that due to our altitude, these turbines cannot produce the amount of power that Golden West has stated in their proposal. We have been cattle producers for over 21 years don't need the wind turbine money to operate our ranch nor to save it. As far as the tax assessor stating that the land values will not go down, please note land values of those with the turbines will likely not decrease, but there is evidence that those with neighboring properties have had their land values decrease anywhere from 28 to 35 percent, and that is if you can even get anyone to look at your property after the turbines are operational. The media has not mentioned in any article yet about the millions of gallons of water it will take to construct the concrete pads of 500-600 yards per turbine, Colorado's water is already scarce, why dry out our aquifers even more. Of those who spoke in favor, what the article didn't mention was that all but three of the 24 in favor of the project are getting money from these turbines. Yes, Golden West did their own "extensive" research, but there are no checks and balances set up, no independent company to make sure that the research is accurate, no auditing team to make sure that the information provided by Golden West is accurate and true. What about the 130 foot tall power lines that will have to go 38 miles from the project to west of Falcon, property owners will have these power lines towering over their homes or just across the roadway from their properties. These turbines will be 448 feet tall, that is 3 times the height of the Holly Sugar building, would you enjoy 147 of those in your back yard?
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