Letter to the editor: Safety concerns in Prospect turbine plans


I am for green energy. I am for wind energy. I am for both in Prospect. However, I do not support the proposed wind turbine project in Prospect for one reason – safety. The turbines will simply be too close to residences and especially Route 69. I don’t think anyone is saying this project doesn’t have some benefits for Prospect; they’re simply saying they should be placed where no one will be in harm’s way.

I fully support a citizen’s right to be a proponent of this project, but at what cost? Are you such an advocate that you are willing to support the turbines and possibly affect so many people’s lives simply because you don’t believe their fear is real and credible? Remember, they have nothing to gain other than keeping their quality of life whereas BNE will stand to make substantial profits.
For the record, I do not live in the area that will be directly affected; I am just a concerned citizen that has the back of fellow residents who are concerned and fearful for their livelihood. That’s what bothers me most – we are a small, close-knit town and the fact that so many of our residents have concerns, whether you want to dismiss them as erroneous or not, should be taken into consideration. We should come to their aid because when the shoe’s on the other foot, you too will want support in your fight for whatever it may be.

Jeff Sarnelli
Prospect, CT


  1. Jeff I’m sorry I can’t argree with you totaly on this. I am only looking at the facts on this and that is all. BNE won’t “greatly profit from this project” as a matter of fact for me its laughable. If you notice my challenge of the actual proposed price per killowatt has not been met. Its because they can’t yet. These units are not going to be good predictable money makers. They will only “throw what they can when they can on the grid whenever: in short” The ramofications of such a project infuriates me because if were going to do it lets do it right the first time! I don’t want these guys getting my state money or the feds! I am sick and tired of the federal deficite’s to projects like this! If they are so sure have them give up there LLC and let them mortgage themselves to the teeth if they are so sure of the output generation! Have them buy the homes around the proposed site and live where its intended! Why wind in Ct its junk science in this state thats the fact like it or not. I like wind energy too but this isn’t Cape cod or Nevada! Or the California coast! Look at how high they have proposed don’t you wonder why it has to be at that height? Didn’t you read the costs and fed subsidies for the Deepwater project your ok with that? At that proposed cost per killowatt? If you are then donate two checks to the electric co next month because double is the cost of wind (Deepwater estimates submitted last week were 18 cents + per killowatt!) thats ok with you? Not me.This is bigger than just safety its the whole idea of wasted money on these projects that don’t make any sence mathmaticaly! Even the gov’t own reports don’t support this!