Nothing to Fear, Plenty to Gain

Brian Watson visited with neighbors of the proposed wind turbine on Winter Island (Salem News, November 1, 2011):

Last week I attended a gathering of Salem residents from six of the households on Winter Island Road, the street nearest to the proposed wind turbine location on Winter Island.

They had called the meeting and invited me to attend specifically to discuss the issues that have been raised about the turbine, and also to emphasize to me that nine of the 12 households on Winter Island Road strongly support the plan to erect one.

Two residents — attorney Ed Moriarty and former City Councilor Kevin Harvey — oppose the turbine. I spoke with them directly to hear their concerns.

The proposal for Winter Island — the best of nine sites considered — is to build a 1.5-megawatt machine, which would stand about 260 feet tall at the hub of the blades, and roughly 382 feet tall at the tip of a blade at the top of its rotation. Read more.