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Aggrieved farmers from NSW's central west are gearing up for the mother of all legal battles, fighting an enemy that has ripped apart their communities and pitted neighbours against each other.
Their targets - wind farms.
As the federal government fumbles over its proposed report on the health implications, and the state government continues to waver on its position, farmers are already at war.
Linda Kellish always thought wind energy was a good idea, but living close to two industrial-sized turbines has changed her feelings.
For one thing, she says, the town's wind turbines have made it impossible to sleep. ...She said getting no response from town officials to her complaint has left her with a helpless feeling of not knowing where to turn.
Citing possible noise or falling debris, town officials are proposing an ordinance that would mandate a buffer zone around any future wind power projects. ...Wind turbines 200 to 300 feet tall would need a 5,000-foot buffer; turbines 100 to 199 feet tall, a 2,000-foot buffer; and turbines less than 100 feet tall, a 1,000-foot buffer.
Of hundreds of credible studies around the world on wind energy, none conclude there is no association between the towering turbines and adverse health effects. ..."(The conclusions are) not new, but it's further confirmation that these are not NIMBYs, these are people affected by these things," Lynn said Tuesday in an interview. "All of the studies rejected the null hypothesis that there was no association. Every one of them found that there was an association."
What we see as a reality is that the Liberals will force through thousands (as many as 6,000 more) of these industrial wind turbines between now and when the health study is completed. They seem not to care what the health and financial costs for Ontario taxpayers will be because they know that they will be out of power before the federal study is published."
The stimulus was supposed to create jobs in Maine. While hundreds worked to build the site, recovery.gov reports the project created 0 jobs.
This project was built using a stimulus loan from the department of energy. "The economics of wind simply don't work - the wind industry would not exist without unduly favorable subsidies."
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A windfarm developer has been accused of riding roughshod over residents, who have had to endure further disruption.
The latest episode happened on Monday when a vehicle delivering a turbine part became stuck for more than an hour as it was making its way to the site at Wingates.
14 of the 22 wind turbines stretch 4 miles across the Record Hill Ridge in Roxbury. Roxbury residents approved the project but the town of Byron, where Paquette lives, turned it down.
Philip Paquette: "No one wants it their backyard but it's not in my backyard it's in Roxbury's and they put it in my backyard when I said no."
Controversial plans for the Highlands' biggest wind farm - an 83-turbine development in the hills above Loch Ness - are set to be decided on Tuesday without councillors visiting the site, prompting anger from anti-wind farm campaigners.
Planning officers are recommending Highland Council raises no objection to the proposed Stronelairg development.
The amount of the stress hormone cortisol found in people's hair could help scientists understand the potential health impacts that may arise from exposure to low-frequency noise and vibrations from wind turbines.
Starting in May, the federal government plans to study the hair of up to 1,200 people who live near wind turbines.
The research team, which operates under CSU San Marcos, is currently conducting additional interviews with families who live along the Manzanita-Campo border where the turbines are located, Alvarez said. The next step is to test air, water and soil to identify any factors other than the turbines that could cause or contribute to the kinds of illnesses being reported.
State regulators on Thursday rejected an application to build a new wind farm in St. Croix County, citing concerns about turbine noise the project would generate for nearby homes.
The state Public Service Commission voted 2-to-1 to reject Emerging Energies’ proposal to build the Highland wind farm, which was proposed to generate 102.5 megawatts of power from 41 turbines.
Today the members of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission decided, on a 2-1 vote, to deny an application of Highland Wind Farm, LLC, for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct a 102.5 Megawatt (MW) Wind Electric Facility in the Towns of Forest and Cylon in St. Croix County.
An application for occupancy of right of way in Custer County for transmission lines for a proposed wind farm has been put on hold while the project looks to work further with neighbors to limit inconveniences to them. ...neighbors in the area of the project complained at a previous meeting of the commission, saying they didn't approve of all the construction, noise and view obstructions that would be a result of the project.
The couple said they withdrew the lawsuit in response to a judge's order, but they reserve the right to re-file the claim pending a final decision on the turbine from the health board. Last month, the board ordered a limited noise study of the 390-foot-tall turbine.
"MOE Provincial Officers have attended at several of the complainant's [sic] residences and have confirmed that despite the noise emissions apparently complying with the applicable standard ... that the noise emissions are in fact causing material discomfort to the residents in and around their homes," reads the document, written by provincial officer Gary Tomlinson.
According to a filing in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the plaintiffs are seeking a "permanent injunction restraining the construction and operation" of the UDI project, and "compensatory damages" from UDI in the amount of $3.25 million "for negligence, nuisance and trespass."
Berne says he is deaf, but still is affected by the sound. “It reverberates from Spruce Hill (behind the house) to the front of the house.” He said the windmill is about 2,000 feet from his home.
He said his grandchildren, ages 11 and 12, have had trouble sleeping and have been bothered by the “pulsating” red aviation warning lights — an effect caused by the wind turbine blades passing in front of the red lights.
Members of Tipton County Citizens for Responsible Development, which is attempting to halt the Prairie Breeze development, were not receptive to the buffer zones.
"Our goal is to rewrite the [wind] ordinance to have no wind farms in Tipton County," Jeff Hoover said. "There are five wind farms planned for Tipton County. Right now, E.ON is signing up property owners in Jefferson and Cicero townships."
Unhappy residents close to the Hoosac Wind Project located in Florida and Monroe, Mass. will hold a press conference Tuesday to discuss what they describe as a "disturbing and unbearable turbine noise" in and around neighboring homes.