• In this Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 photo, a sign against a proposed wind turbine hangs from a neighborhood telephone pole, in North Smithfield, R.I. Even as Rhode Island makes history as the first U.S. state with an offshore wind farm, its people are not so fond of wind turbines sprouting up on land near where they live. Town leaders in North Smithfield are proposing a ban on any new wind turbines in the rural community near the Massachusetts border. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    In this Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 photo, a sign against a proposed wind turbine hangs from a neighborhood telephone pole, in North Smithfield, R.I. Even as Rhode Island makes history as the first U.S. state with an offshore wind farm, its people are ... not so fond of wind turbines sprouting up on land near where they live. Town leaders in North Smithfield are proposing a ban on any new wind turbines in the rural community near the Massachusetts border. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) (The Associated Press)

  • In this Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 photo, signs against a proposed wind turbine hang from a neighborhood telephone pole and tree, in North Smithfield, R.I. Even as Rhode Island makes history as the first U.S. state with an offshore wind farm, its people are not so fond of wind turbines sprouting up on land near where they live. The 86-year-old proprietor of the Hi-on-a-Hill Herb Farm says a 25-year-old lease agreement with a wind energy developer will help her preserve the land she’s tended all her life. Neighbors have formed a group to halt the project over aesthetics and other concerns. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    In this Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 photo, signs against a proposed wind turbine hang from a neighborhood telephone pole and tree, in North Smithfield, R.I. Even as Rhode Island makes history as the first U.S. state with an offshore wind farm, its people ... are not so fond of wind turbines sprouting up on land near where they live. The 86-year-old proprietor of the Hi-on-a-Hill Herb Farm says a 25-year-old lease agreement with a wind energy developer will help her preserve the land she’s tended all her life. Neighbors have formed a group to halt the project over aesthetics and other concerns. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) (The Associated Press)

  • In this Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 photo, a car passes signs against a proposed wind turbine hanging from a neighborhood telephone pole and tree, in North Smithfield, R.I. Even as Rhode Island makes history as the first U.S. state with an offshore wind farm, its people are not so fond of wind turbines sprouting up on land near where they live. Town leaders in North Smithfield are proposing a ban on any new wind turbines in the rural community, though it might be too late to stop a turbine that Ruth Pacheco has a permit to build on her 52-acre farm property there. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    In this Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 photo, a car passes signs against a proposed wind turbine hanging from a neighborhood telephone pole and tree, in North Smithfield, R.I. Even as Rhode Island makes history as the first U.S. state with an offshore wind ... farm, its people are not so fond of wind turbines sprouting up on land near where they live. Town leaders in North Smithfield are proposing a ban on any new wind turbines in the rural community, though it might be too late to stop a turbine that Ruth Pacheco has a permit to build on her 52-acre farm property there. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) (The Associated Press)

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Even as Rhode Island makes history as the first U.S. state with an offshore wind farm, its people are not so fond of wind turbines sprouting up on land near where they live.

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Town leaders in North Smithfield are proposing a ban on any new wind turbines in the rural community near the Massachusetts border.

But it might be too late to stop a 415-foot-high turbine that Ruth Pacheco has a permit to build on her 52-acre farm property.

The 86-year-old proprietor of the Hi-on-a-Hill Herb Farm says a 25-year-old lease agreement with a wind energy developer will help her preserve the land she's tended all her life. Her family has owned it since the 1840s.

Neighbors have formed a group to halt the project over aesthetics and other concerns.