Elm Springs Residents Bring Up Concerns over Wind Farm at Town Hall Meeting

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Elm Springs, AR. — The concerns over a proposed 300 acre wind farm in Elm Spring drawing in dozens of residents at a Town Hall meeting Tuesday night.   The clean energy company behind the farm present their plan for the city, answering questions from residents, in a meeting that lasted over 3 hours.

Dragonfly Industries saying in the meeting that the turbines that would be used looks like jet engines, but do not sound like them.  Some residents, however, say they feel like guinea pigs.

Jared Sluyter lives within a half mile of the proposed site and is worried about his children’s development. He says Tuesday’s meeting not changing his mind.

“We’re all for green energy…. Having two young kids. We’re concerned with their development… We have a growing family. For the sound that is put out…. what does that look like for prenatal or baby not born yet.”
The company declining to speak on camera but a spokesman says the technology eliminates ten of the top concerns with traditional three-blade systems: including health, noise and fire. 

The land where the 41 turbines would go is currently owned by Washington county.  Dragonfly Industries is hoping to have that land annexed by the city of Elm Springs.  Mayor Harold Douthit says the city council will vote on the issue once they have received a formal request from the company.

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