Oppose the exploitation of our greatest natural resource
- The impact on the human environment is uncertain
- The impact to Lake Erie and it’s fragile ecosystem are uncertain
- Wind Turbines threaten bird species and harm other wildlife
- Wind turbines are known polluters (leaking oil, grease, and industrial lubricants)
- Cable lines extending to the mainland show signs of adversely effecting fish populations
- No clear financial savings to local governments and electric utility customers
- Significant increase in maintenance costs compared to onshore wind turbines
- Misleading job creation claim
- Negative impact on Lake Erie tourism
- It is not clear who is responsible when wind turbines need to be decommissioned. State and local governments should not be left with the bill
- A pilot project of six turbines could lead to nearly 1,500 wind turbines on Lake Erie
- Other states have not allowed wind turbines in their natural wonders (Yellowstone National Park, Arizona; Grand Canyon, Arizona). Why should we spoil our Great Lake?
- Fred Olsen Renewables of Oslo, Norway ultimately owns the project giving a foreign-entity the rights to land under Lake Erie
Demand an Environmental Impact Statement
Project Icebreaker is the first freshwater offshore wind turbine project in the world. This project will set a precedent for how the Great Lakes and other freshwater sources can be utilized for wind power worldwide.
A project of this magnitude and with such far-reaching impact requires every necessary measure is taken to ensure the project’s feasibility, the safety of our environment, and the well being of our wildlife and natural resources.