I signed a wind turbine lease with Heritage Sustainable in 2008. If I had known then what I know now, I wouldn’t have signed. Since the turbines went up, I have had frequent headaches lasting three days. I never had these before.
My mother has ringing in her ears and headaches. I have spoken to others in the community who have been affected by the turbines. One has dizzy spells. Another does not feel healthy until she leaves McBain.
They are now planning on moving, but have been told by Realtors that they will have trouble selling their home because of the turbines. Because it takes so long for the entire wind farm to become operational, the signs of how the turbines worsen health and quality of life take a long time to be noticed. One person I talked with thought her dizziness was "just getting older," but this person is young. Why hasn't anyone spoken out before? People are afraid of being shunned. They don't want anyone to know they are having problems.
Is money more important than health? Is this what we gave away for $10,000 a turbine and monthly payments, with leases that will never end? We gave up our beautiful community, we are giving up our health, our electric bills have risen and there doesn't seem to be anyway out except leaving.
Marty Lagina, president of Heritage, has talked to people in McBain and he knows there are problems with noise and with health. Why doesn't he take action? Why didn't he tell us about the health problems before we signed leases?
I now believe that the only safe place for turbines is at least a mile and a half from anyone's home or on state land or in the lakes far from anyone's home. Time for the truth.