Brunswick County residents gather to learn about proposed wind turbines

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Submitted: Tue, 08/13/2013 - 2:33am
Updated: Tue, 08/13/2013 - 3:15am

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Residents living in Brunswick County were able to get a good look at what offshore wind turbines might look like off of our coast.

Monday evening the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management hosted a public meeting to display their results of a visualization study.

“I think they’re great. It’s the way of the future,” said Art Fontaine.

Fontaine has spent the last several years enjoying the Carolina coastline.

He says he attended Monday’s public meeting to learn more about the wind turbines that could potentially obstruct the view he loves.

“When looking at the pictures, the larger model looks like a ship sailing across the ocean about 10 miles away,” said Fontaine.

Dozens of people from across the county attended the meeting sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

“Looking at the economic boom that this could be to North Carolina, but to the entire east coast,” said Randy Sturgill.

Sturgill doesn’t just live in the area; he works as a campaign organizer in favor of the wind turbine project.

Officials set up a simulation so residents could see what the turbines would look like if they were built.

“A visual stimulation of what it is going to look like from the beaches. That is a major concern for people and I think this simulation will put those fears to rest,” said Sturgill.

Officials say any decisions on the project is still several years away.

Another public meeting is scheduled from Wednesday, August 14 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 Ocean Highway 17 W; Carolina Shores, N.C. 29467.


  • SAM Mclamb says:

    Wind turbines is a Bad idea– Ask any Texan– hasn’t brought there power bills down any and the cost to build them just don’t make since!! This GREEN energy Shit has got to stop.. It will never be cost effective to build these things as long as Obama administration has anything to do with it..

  • Killer seagull says:

    Try again, windmills are cost effective, I can run a fridge and several rooms of light off a small windmill for less than 1000 dollars. So add the cost of the Kw per hour for any given month and the windmill will pay for itself in a few months. Guess what-no waste either. I guess people don’t think about what they do with spent fuel rods once the change them. So ask anyone in Washington state or New Mexico that has a nuclear waste disposal and see if they agree that nuclear is better. You and the car companies would love to keep Americans running on fossils fuels, but it’s time to move on. And it has nothing to do with Obama leave that sh** to the tea baggers.

  • Bird man says:

    These wind turbines will kill the pelicans and sea gulls,

  • Guest123 says:

    That’s progress!!

  • Moish says:

    Seagulls are flying rats
    I doubt they or pelicans would be 10 miles out.
    There are,of course others affected.

  • dtljvh35 says:

    For the idiot that said that the turbines would make a hurricane’s winds have less effect on the coast; you are crazy. A hurricane will put one of those turbines through your window. Also do you know what salt air and water does to things. the maintenance is going to cost just as much as regular energy cost. The turbines will attract sharks and disrupt our marine life. The Bible is coming true. The waters are going to be too dangerous to swim in before Jesus comes back and the idiots in office are causing that time to come early.

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