A recent meeting in Muskegon, Michigan discussed a proposal for a windfarm offshore from Muskegon. The attendees were polled to determine whether they were for or against and the majority voted for the proposal. Several options for locating the windmills at various distances offshore (6 miles, 13 miles, and 20 miles were mentioned) were voted on, with more support for the windfarm located further offshore. http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2010/05/majority_of_people_attending_m.html
Here's my issue: Imagine yourself on your boat passing offshore of Muskegon on a wild night with high winds and seas and poor visibility. Suddenly you see a huge metal post rising from the waves. You have inadvertently sailed into the windfarm! You can hear the whoosing sound of the giant blades slicing the air high above you. You have no idea how to navigate your way safely out of the forest of windmills. There could be hundreds of them! What a nightmare!
I haven't heard this issue mentioned in the reports of the discussions. Aesthetics, economics, employment, energy - have all been discussed. What about the boaters? What about the navigational hazard such a thing presents for the boater?
Should GLCC speak about this? Should we be sending representatives to these meetings to present this issue?