With all the outcry from our local eco-elite alarmists about retaining the county's scenic beauty, habitat, and rural character, in uber-green style most want to turn a totally blind eye away from this project's impacts, which would be many.
This machine will make an incredible amount of noise (the specs say 106 decibels) when it runs - well beyond safe limits. And there's no question that this will slaughter birds like crazy for years if it's built. At three times the height of Bellingham Towers it will need to have have aircraft warning lights. So much for the Galbraith Mountain skyline, aesthetics, etc. The foundation and earthwork will be significant, at a location right between the Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish watersheds. These turbines are notorious for leaking oil, among other environmental impacts. So much for watershed protection. At a minimum, a very big buffer (perhaps 1000 feet) should be required around the thing. Imagine how far a broken blade would fly (they weigh tons), and there's that pesky noise issue.
WE suggest you read this position paper written by a local citizen. And here's a link to a petition you can print and circulate among others if you'd like to get involved. Opposing a bad idea takes a lot of courage in these parts.