Absence of zoning laws ties hands of Erie Twp. officials
PORT CLINTON — A wind turbine project in Ottawa County’s Erie Township breezed past most regulatory steps as it whipped up opposition from bird enthusiasts.
Work is under way at the Lake Erie Business Park to install a 900-kilowatt, roughly 325-foot high turbine near the center of the park, west of Port Clinton between the lakeshore and State Rt. 2.
The turbine has not undergone the level of scrutiny required for a smaller proposed turbine that stirred up controversy on adjacent property at Camp Perry.
That project, a proposed 198-foot high, 500 to 600-kilowatt, federally funded turbine, triggered reviews by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Camp Perry site is under assessment and generated concerns about its proximity to bald eagle nests and bird migration routes.
Similar concerns exist with the nearby business park turbine site, which didn’t require such reviews.