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Indiana county OKs project for 80 wind turbines

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A northeastern Indiana county has approved a wind energy company's plans to erect about 80 power-generating wind turbines in the county.

Members of the Wells County Area Plan Commission voted 6-4 early Friday to endorse Apex Wind Energy Inc.'s development plans.

The News-Banner of Bluffton reported that the marathon meeting at Southern Wells Junior/Senior High School began about 7:30 p.m. Thursday and ran past 1 a.m. Friday.

Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex plans to install the wind turbines in southern Wells County, about 100 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

Eight people who oppose the project addressed the commission, airing concerns that included the impact that setbacks for the turbines will have on future use of the land.

The wind farm's supporters extolled the economic benefits the project would bring to the county and its residents.

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  • Gram14...
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    China has thousands upon thousands of them--they are the future.
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