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Rural Residents Fear Proposed Energy Projects

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Aired 1/19/11

Opponents of several proposed energy projects are holding a community meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in southeastern San Diego County. Some property owners are worried the projects could affect their health and property values.

Opponents of several proposed energy projects are holding a community meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in southeastern San Diego County. Some property owners are worried the projects could affect their health and property values.

A view of wind turbines at the Kumeyaay Wind Project on the Campo Reservation in San Diego's East County.
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Above: A view of wind turbines at the Kumeyaay Wind Project on the Campo Reservation in San Diego's East County.

At least four energy projects are proposed for an area of southeastern San Diego County and just across the border in Mexico.

The projects include two wind farms, a new electrical substation and at least three new power transmission lines.

Donna Tisdale, who lives in Boulevard and is with the Protect Our Communities Foundation, said the rural landscape she calls home may change significantly if all the energy projects are built.

Tisdale is also worried about how wind turbines may affect the health of those living nearby.

"There can be some very severe health side effects from infrasonic and low-frequency noise that emanates from these turbines," said Tisdale.

Tisdale said speakers at the meeting will also talk about the proposed energy projects and how they may affect property values and the quality of life in the area.

The meeting is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Boulevard Fire Station.

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Mike808 | January 20, 2011 at 10:05 a.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

Alternative energy is bad. We should continue to use fossil fuels until it's all gone and then hit the panic button. I agree that we should worry about our property values because I'll need to sell my house at the highest possible price so I can continue to afford to pay the expected raises in fuel prices.
Alternative energy is also bad because it uses wind and sunlight which are plentiful and non destructive (minus wind storms and heat stroke).
Again we should continue to use fossil fuels and trust in my catalytic converter to keep the smog levels low.
Health concerns: Infrasound. Ok. Could be a problem. But that's why soundproofing materials and capabilities have been designed. I hope that the health concerned individuals aren't smokers, eat healthy, exercise and do all the other things concerned with health and not just worry about the wind tower infrasound as an excuse to not build because in reality they just don't want to see it and that's all they can come up with.

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