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Baldwin County Commission votes to ban wind farms

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 6, 2013 at 8:10 pm •  Published: August 6, 2013

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A south Alabama county commission voted unanimously to block a company from installing wind turbines on Tuesday.

The Baldwin County Commission passed two ordinances to ban wind energy farming. One ordinance applies to areas of Baldwin County that fall within zoning regulations, and the other applies to unincorporated areas, reported ( ).

The commission was concerned about a plan from Virginia-based APEX Wind Energy to build a wind farm in the county consisting of about 40 turbines.

"I have had dozens of emails from around the country from people that say, 'You don't want this in your backyard,'" said Tucker Dorsey, commission chairman.

Officials have said concerns included noise pollution from the turbines, the size of the turbines and dangers they may have posed to flocks of migratory birds.

The commission passed a 180-day moratorium in February to block construction of the wind farm — and any other wind-operated facilities — while they considered the potential impacts.

The turbines the company was looking to build would have been between 520 and 590 feet tall from the base of the tower to the tip of a fully extended blade.

APEX Development Manager Wade Barnes said it's unfortunate that the commission chose against allowing individual landowners to decide whether or not to allow their property to be used for wind farming.

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