Impact on People or Illinois
As many as 30 natives in a convoy - some wearing traditional garb and waving native flags - interrupted work at several turbine and substation construction sites. ...Josie Hernandez, spokesperson for NextEra, confirmed that the protest was motivated in part by her company's removal of an eagle's nest near Fisherville two weeks ago.
"There wasn't much evidence around but I was struck by the countryside. The more we drove around on inspection the more convinced I was the turbines would have an impact.
"I went past some time later when they were under construction and I was absolutely horrified to see the towers going up. They didn't have their nacelles (hubs) or blades on at that stage but I thought ‘what have I done to these people.'"
Iberdrola, developer of Tule Wind, successfully fought to remove significant protections in Boulevard's Community Plan during the County's General Plan Update--changes that made it easier to build massive energy projects. Supervisors approved those changes in August 2011, tossing out years of planning by Boulevard residents. Those changes appall the vast majority of those who live in this quiet rural community.
Gamesa USA had planned the Whispering Prairie wind farm for Ogle, Winnebago and Stephenson counties.
But in November, the company informed landowners that it was terminating the lease options for wind turbines.
The company said it found the wind project wasn't commercially viable.
In a statement, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon says the project will become a "white elephant that will be embroiled in litigation."
Senator Xenophon currently has a Bill before Parliament to introduce national standards on the level of noise created by wind turbines.
Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request show that officials from the Ministry of Environment were aware of adverse health effects caused by wind turbines in 2009. These documents also show that one wind power company encouraged the Ministry to take a "consistent position" with their company to support the Green Energy.
Planning minister Nick Boles has reportedly told energy minister John Hayes that "local people have genuine concerns" and that "wind farms are not appropriate in all settings".
He has furthermore warned his colleague that people "bitterly resent" having onshore wind farm developments imposed on them by planners after an inquiry.
After reviewing the Planning Board's latest draft of a bylaw that would halve the size and quadruple the setbacks for future turbine projects, Espindola is advocating that the town first deal with complaints it has received regarding the existing turbines.
Further research is needed to figure out safe distances for wind turbines, said Michael Nissenbaum, a radiologist at the Northern Maine Medical Center who conducted a study of residents living near wind turbines in Mars Hill, Maine. His study found that noise from the turbines disrupted the sleep and impaired the mental health of residents living within 1.4 kilometers of the machines and had "the potential to harm human health."
"It is possible that cognitive and mood complaints and other medical or psychological issues associated with sleep loss can stem from living in immediate proximity to wind turbines, if the turbines disrupt sleep."
If the Ministry bureaucrats-or the forces behind them-were hoping to catch residents, local government and other groups flat-footed, they failed. Council will decide later today whether it will take up the fight. Meanwhile, Prince Edward County Field Naturalists have stepped up to appeal the decision.
Is the Bureau Valley wind turbine an asset or liability?
The Bureau Valley District 340 Board of Education heard a report on the turbine's performance at a recent meeting.
Under questioning from attorney Rick Porter, who is representing residents fighting the wind farm, Shank confirmed he was aware that Mainstream was planning to take no measures to mitigate the harm to the ornate box turtle and the plains hognose snake.
Two-and-a-half years after the Dennis Old Kings Highway Historic District Committee approved Aquacultural Research Corporation's application to construct a 600 kilowatt wind turbine on its 39-acre property adjacent to Chapin Beach in Dennis, an Orleans District Court judge will decide the fate of ARC's application. The trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14.
In a filing on Dec. 14, Mark and Lauren McKeever filed a complaint through Plymouth Superior Court, asking that the court remand the issue of the turbine operation back to the Board of Health.
In the filing, the McKeever's say that the board erred in letting the 400-foot tall industrial turbine remain turned on, despite that it's harming the health of residents.
Energy company chiefs are set to make a new compensation payment to the Northumberland village cut off by a wind turbine transporter crash seven months ago.
EDF Energy Renewables is organising an £18,000 donation payment to Otterburn Parish Council.
A Public Service Commission study has found what one Wisconsin lawmaker classifies as "dangerous levels" of wind turbine-generated low frequency noise or infrasound at the Shirley Wind Project.
Rep. Andre Jacque, R-De Pere, has called on the Public Service Commission to issue an emergency rule to immediately suspend the permitting process for wind projects.
Margina Schwartzbach says there was a reason she never objected beforehand to a planned wind turbine next to her home: No one told her about it.
The West Brooklyn woman says she found out about it when the project started - more than a year after the county approved it.
But those spinning blades soon whipped up complaints from neighbors in both towns.
Three of the Kingston turbines are now the subject of a court appeal, and owner Mary O'Donnell has put them up for sale. The state has agreed to study noise and flicker levels for Independence, and residents want that expanded to include all four large turbines.
Houses very close to wind farms drop in value because they are more difficult to sell and a significant rebate would be some compensation. Whether £400 and a reduction in fuel bills will be regarded as adequate remains to be seen and householders who complain that noise from turbines affects their wellbeing are unlikely to regard any payment as sufficient compensation.