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I'm not sure if you're familiar with a proposed wind turbine project scheduled for Middle Mtn. just outside of Hood River, but it has been a pretty decisive issue in our area. There are people here for it and against it, but the biggest concern is that it isn't currently something that will be put out on a ballot for county citizens to vote on it. It's proposed cost is somewhere around $24 mil., twice the county's annual budget. There seem to be alot of questions unanswered about whether or not it is a good choice economically, or if its worth the clearcuts and altering of the views in an area that is largely driven by tourism.
I think it would be a good thing for our area and any other smaller county that is considering wind farms to look into what the real costs are and how the counties in which they are placed benefit.
I'm currently on the fence, and like many others here would like more information on the whole project and its long term effects. I'm not the person to talk to, but there is a citizens group set up called Gorge Forum that has much more information about the project and are currently working on a petition to at least get the issue on a ballot. Their website is at gorgeforum.org.
Thanks for your consideration,
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