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Block Proposed Plan to Build Power Plant in Oakwood Hills

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The proposal calls for a 430-megawatt power plant that could supply electricity to 160,000 homes daily. It would be on what is now a cornfield behind Village Hall, which is across the street from a residential area. The site is next to a ComEd substation and transmission lines, so the electricity could be sold to any of various utilities for general use.

Neighboring mayors and environmentalists expressed concerns but withheld judgment Wednesday, July 09 2014 about a proposed gas-fired power plant in far northwest suburban Oakwood Hills.  The main concern was that the generating plant might draw too much groundwater from the area.  A McHenry County study — done previous to the power plant proposal — projected a shortage of water by 2030 in the southeast part of the county where the plant would be located.

 "We do have concerns," said Nancy Schietzelt, president of the not-for-profit Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, "but we need more information." 

Major concerns exist, and residents are gearing up to stop the proposal of a project that could not only affect the residence means of living with added pollutants like light and noise pollution, but also the land value of our small village.  Tax value of the project are enticing, but the damage it may do as a whole should be a concern for all residence. 

The plan will be presented to the public from 4 to 7 p.m. July 22 at the Crystal Lake Holiday Inn. It will then be considered by the Oakwood Hills Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Commission on July 24 and ultimately go before the Village Board.

Please consider this petition, as well as attending the presentation on July 22nd.  This affects all Oakwood Hills residence, as well as surrounding towns.

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