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Do some people get sick "from" or just sick "of" industrial wind turbines?
Given a juxtaposition of one sign at a Saturday parade against turbines and a finding of an investigation into complaints, and setting aside economics and the Green Energy Act, that might be a critical question that demands an answer.
Ten town of Lyme property owners have brought an Article 78 proceeding against the Town Council, claiming it improperly rejected a petition protesting the adoption of a local law regulating the siting of wind turbines.
The owners group is asking a state Supreme Court judge to declare that its protest petition valid and that a local law adopted subsequent to the board's rejection of the petition be declared invalid, according to documents filed Monday at the Jefferson County clerk's office.
PARIS - Developers have selected a design by an award-winning American architect for a bold new building nearly as tall as the Eiffel Tower - and powered partly by the wind.
Dubbed the Lighthouse, the 984-foot-high skyscraper will be designed by Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne and erected at La Defense, a complex of office towers in a business district west of Paris where many of France's major corporations are headquartered.
Councillor John Welcher who personally supported the erection of wind turbines at Doddington is accusing developers of being "less than economical with the truth".
After a meeting of FLAT (Fenland Landscape Against Turbines) at Marshland St James, Cllr Welcher said: " I was trying to tell the people of Marshland that whether or not to have a wind farm on their doorstep is the single most important decision made in their community in their lifetime and they must take it very seriously."
He said: "We supported the turbines at Ransonmoor but looking at what we know about them now we have changed out opinion and we think there is enough in Fenland.
Parish councillors have called a public meeting to discuss proposals for a windfarm in their rural south Norfolk community.
Renewable power company SLP Energy is looking to build a total of seven turbines on a site in Semere Green Lane, five of which would be in Dickleburgh, and one each in neighbouring Pulham Market and Pulham St Mary.
The site is less than 10 miles from Hempnall, where a similar proposal has sparked fierce opposition from villagers who have launched an action group to oppose the development.
Talks are underway in neighbouring rural parishes following proposals to site two new wind farms either side of the North Devon and North Cornwall border.British wind energy company Coronation Power is looking to build up to six turbines at Wheelers Cross, just over a mile east of Bradworthy - home to North Devon's first wind farm.
Meanwhile just over the border in neighbouring Morwenstow, residents are calling for another public debate after power company West Coast Energy appealed against a recent planning decision to refuse an application to build a wind farm at Crimp.
The town of Parishville will once again consider a local law for regulating wind energy facilities.
This time around, town officials are hoping it's Parishville residents, not out-of-town wind advocates and opponents, who turn out and offer input at the public hearing for the law.
Town Supervisor Jerry G. Moore said there is no longer a sense of urgency to develop a wind law after learning the town was years away from seeing any type of wind development.
"Let's face it. It's going to be a four- or five-year process, so we have plenty of time," he said. "There is no hurry."
"Those test towers went up in November, and we won't have a comprehensive assessment until we have 12 months of data under our belt," so they can gauge wind potential through four seasons. And the entire development would be "a multi-year process," he said.
Last week, the Northumberland National Park Authority development management committee decided to object to the construction of the turbine, which would be sited close to the National Park boundary.
Other proposed changes include special provisions regarding wind turbines and junk and trash piles.
Two wind-monitoring masts on the site of proposed edge-of-Exmoor wind farms have been met with no objection from Exmoor National Park Authority (ENPA).But in giving the masts the green light, planners warned that wind farms would still raise strong objections.
North Devon District Council has consulted with the planning authority on the erection of two temporary 60m masts - one at Luckett Moor, where a proposal has been made for five wind turbines and one at Western Bullaford Moor where six turbines have been proposed.
The monitoring masts, or anemometers, would be put in place for two years, to measure wind speeds and help determine whether the sites would be viable for wind farms.
Parker said he was in favor of wind power and while he acknowledged it would sometimes be a hard sell to get the turbines on to some of the state's ridgelines, Parker said he was committed to increasing the number of wind power generators.
Parker supports wind development and thinks the state can get 15% of its energy from wind, he says that would require at least 100 turbines on ridge lines all over Vermont.
Wind farms will be difficult to set up due to the dense population, Resources and Infrastructure Minister Ninu Zammit told Parliament on Wednesday. "We would have to go offshore, which means that there are downfalls. We'd have to go quite a way out into the water, which proves difficult because of the depth of the sea bed."
Dave Parrish, the former Magic Valley regional supervisor for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, has challenged his demotion earlier this year following a letter he wrote to the Times-News.
Meanwhile, department officials have chosen a habitat manager from north Idaho as Parrish's permanent replacement.
THEY may think Ian Campbell backed the wrong horse - or bird - in choosing the endangered orange-bellied parrot to block a planned Victorian wind farm, but South Gippsland residents still have faith in the federal Environment Minister.
If Senator Campbell used a dubious threat to the endangered parrot as a convenient reason to can the Bald Hills wind farm, that's something to be applauded by many in the rolling hills of Tarwin Lower.
SCIENCE, not politics, was behind Environment Minister Ian Campbell's decision to place the orange-bellied parrot on Australia's critically endangered list, the minister said today.
The parrot, which played a key role in Senator Campbell's controversial decision to reverse approval for a wind farm in Victoria, was reclassified this week as critically endangered.
THE Bald Hills wind farm proposal that Environment Minister Ian Campbell has agreed to reconsider will be identical - in size and location - to the project he has already scuttled.
However, the company behind the contentious 52-turbine wind farm in Victoria's South Gippsland will come up with a survival strategy in a bid to allay Senator Campbell's concerns over the fate of the orange-bellied parrot.
Do you think wind mill development can effect property values?
For anyone to say that property values aren’t hurt by this is wrong. I went to a house where six of these wind mills were facing down on me. The house is 2,000 feet away and you can plainly see them in front of you as if it’s right there, that’s how close they feel. They are gigantic devices and I have to say I am amazed by them, but would I want to look at them that close to me? No I wouldn’t. The people in Tyrone that will be affected by our proposed wind farm are the people who live on top of Decker Hollow Road, by the old apple orchard. Those people will see and hear the wind mills. I’m going Saturday on top of Decker Hollow Road and look to see the mountain they will be on and try to imagine what it will be like.