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Power plant nightmare

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

The proposed $450 million, 430-megawatt natural gas plant is a nightmare waiting to happen, not only to the Oakwood Hills residents, but to anyone living in nearby Crystal Lake and Cary.

The managers of Enventure Partners and Northland Power have given little assurances that the water demands and the noise and chemical pollution of the plant will be minimal. This is an unusually cool rainy summer, but hot, dry weather could affect us in the future and then, even minimal water demands from this plant could compromise our wells.

As for noise pollution, which promises to be “less disturbing than a lawn mower from 3 feet away,” have you ever tried to converse on your deck while your neighbor is mowing his lawn? Even small generators can be annoying, especially in the summer when windows are open. Lawn mower and generator noises eventually stop, but noise from the power plant, no matter how minimal, will be 24/7.

What are the positive aspects of this facility? I doubt it will lower Oakwood Hills property taxes. It may, rather, lower real estate values. A community education center would be nice, but it hardly compensates for the negatives of this plant. Since most or all residents of Oakwood Hills strongly oppose this plant, why is it even being considered?

Mary Ann Frazer

Crystal Lake

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