Video Interviews of residents
"Do any of those people stand to lose homes they have lived in forever. Do they realize that finding homes right now is not easy. Do they have any idea of the fear and stress we are all under out here. Let them walk in our shoes and see how we all feel." ~ Nancy McCoy
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From Sarah Buss, Marshall township
We bought our house last year in the Squaw Creek area and had no clue this was going to happen. We're right on the river and chose this house because we love the river and the view. I have so many concerns about potential pollution (air, water, and noise), is my view going to become large manufacturing facilities, what's going to happen to our property values, how will this affect the wildlife?
~ Sarah Buss, Marshall Township
Our environment and nature is more important than a battery plant. Humans work in the plant, there will be garbage in tow, as well. Leave the land alone and move it elsewhere!! ~ Tracey Hutchinson
We don't need to damage more farmland. Marshall has other land to.use in the city, like the old Eaton lot or the other land in the industrial park .
~ Kim Goeman, Marshall
I'm tired of industry destroying our farmlands ~ Jeff Houldsworth
I don't want this in the farmland on the river. Encourage businesses to build in the empty industrial park that millions were dumped into years ago that still sits mostly empty and unused! - Rebecca Slone
This is a really bad idea!! Save the farm, the forests, the wetlands, all this is good for people & animals. Put your Megasite someplace else!!!
- Lynne Boehm
This industry is supported by those who say "people over profits", so let's see that in real time, not just as a bumper sticker slogan used by elites for political gain....leave the land alone. Go build on concrete jungles.~Denee Metzger
I get really concerned when it comes to taking care of our native creatures and land. And, it seems the dollars put into this isn't even going to pay off in jobs. And, I guess there are many reasons.~ Gayla Metzger
We live nearby and just purchased here for the small community. This jeopardizes that. Put it somewhere already more populated that needs their community working or an increase in population. Not everywhere wants to be a city. ~Roland St. Amand
Water Is Life! No more toxic buildings by our waterways! Let's speak for the trees & the bees & all our Relatives!
There is the option to use abandoned industrial land AND for all The environmental reasons mention in the petition.
~ Lora Bruder
It’s going to lower my property value. And create a lot of noise and traffic by my house. ~Rich Engelhart
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From Steve Lazar, Marshall Township
This mega site has the backing of the governor as she thinks it’s good for Michigan. I believe she thinks solar and batteries are the future. They may be part of the future however destroying farmland, the existing environment and altering the lives of residents, WITH NO WARNING, is not the way to go. The residents here have had no say in this proposal, and they are not happy. This underhanded, back door approach is something I’d expect from Republicans. And subtly intimidating people, especially senior citizens, is reprehensible.
I’m approaching 74 years on this earth and have lived and worked in three States. I have heard the song and dance from industry about how concerned they are about the environment many times and have seen the wasteland and pollution they create and then leave behind. They all claim they’ll have safeguards in place. They all “prove” they’re meeting EPA standards. They all say their “runoff “ into the water is not harmful. I’m no geologist but I know the difference between a load of rocks and a load of crap.
Marshall is a small, rural and historic town and the citizens like it that way. The air and water and land and light pollution this mega site will create will ruin this area. You can’t have a site that big without pollution. Any denial of that comes from the product defense industry or lawyers, both of which are good at telling you the knife in your back is your fault.
I don’t think the present administration has considered the long term consequences of eradicating farmland for industrial use. This country should be able to feed itself but it won’t be able to if this kind of development continues. We may have enough land but such heavy industrial sites alter the environment in so many ways that food production will be altered. Did you know that light pollution influences migration, insect biomass, animal mating rituals and much more. Our industrial complex has already polluted rivers and streams all over this country and has influenced food production in negative ways. Why add to this insane approach? There is such a thing as balance; small industrial sites that work with the existing landscape rather than the “scorched earth” approach this site has already started.
Save the land and save the small town!
We need to protect our farmland and wildlife habitat There's plenty of space in the big cities that are abandoned for the factories.