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      Residents voice concerns over wind farm

      Saginaw, Tuscola and Bay counties could get dozens of wind turbines as part of $250 million dollar wind farm project. / Chad Brittong

      The Blumfield Township Planning voted Tuesday night to amend an ordinance banning a company from building a wind turbine within 500 ft. to 1400 ft. of a residential home.

      Several wind turbines could be built in Blumfield Township. They are part of $250 million dollar project by NextEra Energy Resources that would span over Bay, Tuscola and Saginaw counties.

      Several dozen residents turned out for a 7:00 p.m. meeting at the Blumfield Township Hall.

      Many residents told NBC25 they attended the meeting in hopes of finding out more information on the project and to voice their concerns.

      "I'm not against wind farm energy but I think the township should study alternatives before they make any decisions," said Emil Muellar, who owns property in Blumfield Township.

      "I am concerned about the wind noise. We need to know how safe they are. How does it affect us and if it will affect our property values," said Roseanna DuRussel.

      "There's a lot of questions. There's more questions thatn there are answers," said Blumfield Township resident Don Wendland.

      Blumfield Township Planning Commission Board Chairman Bruce Landskroener said Tuesday's meeting was just to approve an ordinance amendment banning a company from building a wind turbine within 500 ft. to 1400 ft. of a residential home. They board voted to approve the change. Landskroener said the Planning Commission would recommend to the Blumfield Township board to bring in experts to answer any questions residents have.

      "I think they need to do a little more research. I think everyone was disappointed they didn't have any answers, said DuRussel.

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