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After heated, marathon meeting, Colorado town OKs 37,000-acre wind farm

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FILE: A wind farm, part of the Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm, is pictured in Tehachapi, California. (Reuters)

Southern Colorado will soon be home to 150 new wind turbines, but not everyone is happy.

"I live under one of them, and my dream of living in a peaceful place is gone," one woman told commissioners from El Paso County during a 10-hour-long meeting Thursday.

Opponents say the wind farm will be too close to their homes. The commissioners voted 3 to 1 in favor of a new zoning ordinance that allows these turbines to be built within 1,000 feet of homes in the rural town of Calhan, The Colorado Springs Gazette reported. The project will begin in March, and the turbines are expected to be up and running by 2015.

According to KKTV-TV, supporters of the project say these turbines will create hundreds of jobs and pump millions of dollars into the local economy. The Gazette’s report estimated that 20 people who spoke at the meeting were in favor and 10 were opposed. One resident said she will welcome the additional income she’ll receive by allowing turbines on her property.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

 

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