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Power plant not welcomed

Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I am writing to express concerns among families in our community about the proposed Oakwood Hills energy center.

It is my understanding that the community was only recently enlightened about plans that seem to have been underway for some time between the village of Oakwood Hills and a company called Enventure to construct a 430-megawatt gas fired turbine peaker power plant on land off Valley View Road. It will be less than a half-mile from our children’s school.

This plant will be disruptive to all nearby neighbors, including the school. We have serious concerns about increased traffic, air and water pollution, noise and water usage, not to mention the effect to the surrounding area’s property values.

How loud will this be? Videos of similar plants depict a constant background noise that is absurd. It could sound like a jet engine next to the school. Are those acceptable working conditions for our teachers and students?

It seems to me that the partners promoting this project kept it quiet on purpose because they knew there would be extreme opposition from the surrounding communities. I truly hope that all concerned citizens, community leaders and School District 46 officials will be given a voice at the Oakwood Hills zoning meeting scheduled for Thursday.

Oakwood Hills and Enventure need to be told that the Oakwood Hills energy center is not welcome here.

Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.

Rhiannon Bakk-Hansen

Crystal Lake

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