[Ed Note: This post is dated March 2012]
Michigan’s Huron County Commissioner John Nugent really knows how the wind blows in Huron County Michigan. His recent announcement of his position in the Huron Daily Tribune was direct and to the point. “I’m in the process of researching it, speaking with people, talking with attorneys. And when it’s appropriate, after the first of the year, when we have a new board in place, I’ll bring forward a resolution … hopefully for a full moratorium.”
This stance, if fulfilled, would bring a grinding halt to the rapid progression of wind tribunes in Michigan’s Thumb; the fastest growing wind district in the state. The Huron Daily Tribune reports that “Nugent is calling for a halt to wind turbine projects until the county’s wind ordinance can be updated. He said he doesn’t want it to harm responsible wind developers but is concerned about the health, safety, and welfare of residents — all of which he says are at risk if development continues.”
This is a huge flip-flop to the ongoing development of wind energy in Michigan Thumb. Currently, Huron, Tuscola and Sanilac counties together have 14 wind farms operating or under construction, almost all erected in the last two years. An estimated 116 turbines are operating in the Upper Thumb region.
Michigan Thumb’s Arsenic Problem is One of the Worst in the Nation – Before you drink another drop of water from your well in the Upper Thumb read this report from Michigan Public Radio. Interactive maps show the Thumb region has the worst in the state for arsenic in well water.
Michigan Road Trip on M-25: Riding A Ribbon Around the Thumb – A favorite Michigan road trip for a motorcyclists is the Michigan State Highway M-25. It’s a 147-mile scenic two-lane trunk line running from Port Huron to Bay City Michigan. Bikers like the drive as it offers many places to turn off for a rest, find a biker friendly place to eat or take a bit of shelter during a storm.
COVID-19 : Despite Stay Home Stay Safe Orders, Folks are Still on the Move – In order to help local and state governments, Google has began a reporting site called COVID-19 Community Mobility Report. These static reports aim to provide insights into what has changed in response to stay at home and other policies aimed at combating COVID-19. The reports chart movement trends over time by geography, across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential
DTE Energy on Wind Turbine Taxes – “Appeal Each One!” – That’s the statement made to the Huron Daily Tribune from Scott Simons, of DTE Energy Media Relations. DTE Energy has filed more than 60 appeals for wind turbines in the Michigan Thumb Wind parks in Huron Gratiot and Sanilac counties. Exelon Wind has filed 74 tax appeals.
The Pier Based Coast Guard Station at Harbor Beach – he original Coast Guard Harbor Beach was a pier station built on the Jenk’s company dock in 1910 and incorporated a 50-foot lookout tower. The station seen in this picture was built on a concrete foundation 300 yards offshore in 1935. During World War II, the Harbor Beach Station was used as a Coast Guard training facility.