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Scenic MI Writes Letter to Local, State and Federal Officials in Non-Support of Scotia Wind Farm

Scenic Michigan, a coalition of Michiganders who want to see the state’s great landscapes protected, are concerned with how wind turbines in the Keweenaw may affect the area’s fall color and snowmobile tourism, and the protection of dark skies in the copper country. James Mehelcic, Secretary of the Guardians of the Keweenaw Ridge, says he is grateful for the support from Scenic Michigan and their belief that wind turbines may have negative effects on the Keweenaw’s vast vistas.

Their main message is, that installation of these turbines will have a negative impact on attributes of the Keweenaw that, like I said, that local residents, businesses and tourists all enjoy. – James Mehelcic, Secretary Guardians of the Keweenaw Ridge

Scenic Michigan’s Executive Director, Jake Parcell, expressed in the letter that the development recently came to his attention. And he hopes that his organization can be a resource for local community members, and governments to help create ordinances that protect the view of the landscape. Local residents have shown push back against the Scotia Wind Farm since June last year. Circle power’s project would place 12 wind turbines in a forested area within Adams Township. The company has said all 12 turbines will have a minimum 3,000 foot setback from its nearest property line.

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