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Wind Project One Step Closer in Clinton County

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The Clinton County Circuit Court ruled that three local townships cannot put regulations on a $120 million wind project.

Clinton County passed a special use permit allowing for wind turbines to be erected in Essex, Dallas, and Bengal townships. They responded with an ordinance regulating, how tall, and how noisy those could be. Over the summer, Judge Randy Tahvonen ruled against that ordinance. Now, he ruled the township's additional wind turbine ordinances were "invalid, unenforceable, and therefore void."

"I think the ruling was very emphatic," says David Waymire, spokesperson for Forest Hill Energy's Fowler Farms Project. "The townships were asking him to put in provisions that would have made it impossible to move forward with the project."

The townships do not want the project to stop all together, but just want it to keep local residents in mind.

"The concern that my clients have is that if and when this project does go ahead, it be compatible with those residences and farms," says William Fahey, the attorney for Dallas and Essex townships.

Waymire does believe that Forest Hill Energy-Fowler Farms will "provide plenty of health and safety provisions" for locals.

Both sides of the case do believe the project will have a positive economic impact. "The project will provide those who have agreed to contract with the company to have turbines on their property substantial amounts of revenue," says Waymire. "It would also provide tax value to the county."

Those taxes can go to school construction and repairs.

Fahey says the will continue to fight for regulations. Townships are already appealing the first ruling which was handed down in the summer. Yesterday's ruling is expected to be appealed by next week according to Fahey.

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