Police incident raises questions over wind energy company’s ‘good neighbor’ claims

Brian Gyurko, of Almer Township, describes where a surveyor representing a wind energy company went onto his family’s property as his brother, Aaron Gyurko, left, listens. The brothers say they called the police to report what they describe as trespassing. (Photo by John Cook)
Brian Gyurko, of Almer Township, describes where a surveyor representing a wind energy company went onto his family’s property as his brother, Aaron Gyurko, left, listens. The brothers say they called the police to report what they describe as trespassing. (Photo by John Cook)

An Almer Township family called the police on a company doing land surveying for a wind energy company and are telling their story wherever possible now.

Brian Gyurko and Aaron Gyurko, both of Almer Township, described the incident during the comment portion of a Nov. 10 public hearing held by the Almer Township Planning Commission.

The brothers later told The Advertiser they felt it was the right time to publicly announce the incident because they want people to know that they feel NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C. – and the companies representing them in Tuscola County – isn’t always the “good neighbor” officials from the company purport to be.

“We’ve been going to the regular Almer Township meetings since we’ve been seeing stuff in the paper about this kind of thing…just kind of treating everyone like they’re bumpkins just because they live in the country,” Aaron Gyurko said. (Read more)

(This story originally appeared in the Nov. 26, 2016 print edition of The Tuscola County Advertiser and can be read online in its entirety here.)

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