Residents from rural Kansas on Tuesday asked lawmakers to protect them from an "indifferent and aggressive" wind industry they believe hurts property values, poses health risks and disrupts their overall quality of life.
They packed a committee room at the statehouse, imploring legislators to pass a law that would give them more power to regulate an industry they believe is overrunning their communities.
"I am counting on you for the protection of my safety and our property," said David Fisher, who lives in Linn County where a German company is planning a wind farm.
"In situations like this, private citizens . . .