Friday, June 27, 2008
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Wind farm debate still spinning

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[June 27, 2008]  HARTSBURG -- On a warm, muggy night, approximately 100 interested individuals attended the latest round in the wind farm debate. Held at the Hartsburg Emden High School gymnasium in Hartsburg, it took no time at all for the rhetoric to warm up as well.

It had been suggested that this meeting would be the final round in a verbal sparring match between Horizon Wind Energy and Union Ridge Wind, a group opposed to the huge turbines being built in their area. That was not to be the case.

As the warmth of the night continued, Union Ridge Wind attorney Rick Porter continually objected to the time constraints placed on him by the Logan County Zoning Board of Appeals. Porter, who was notified that he would be allowed an hour to cross-examine, on several occasions stated that he was not being given enough time to bring up all the issues he wished to address with Bill Whitlock, representing Horizon.

Although the time constraint for Porter was an hour, board members did give him some leeway of an additional 15 minutes to continue his cross-examination.

Five area individuals also were allowed to speak, with only one, Brent Hellman from Emden, being in favor of the wind farm location.

As the clock approached 10:30 and closing arguments by both sides had not been heard, the board decided to adjourn and continue the meeting July 1. The meeting will be at the gymnasium again at 7:30 p.m., with closing arguments and more public comment allowed.

A detailed report on the meeting Thursday will be in tomorrow's edition of LDN.






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