Articles from Australia

Do wind farms pose a health hazard?

Doctor Mauri Johansson says the wind industry is so powerful that it's managed to have negative research suppressed and has used its influence to prevent fresh research. "In the Nordic countries, the wind turbine industry has been successful to hide all these informations. We know already from the 1980s, in USA, very serious research was done showing clearly that people get ill but that was buried totally in the late 80s by the industry. It seems then nothing has been done on the medical side. They have shunted out also in Denmark the health authorities both centrally and in local communities."
29 Jan 2014

Abbott government will go ahead with new wind farm study on health

The National Health and Medical Research Council began its review of so-called ''wind-turbine syndrome'' in September 2012 and the results are expected to be released in ''coming months''. Prime Minister Tony Abbott told commercial radio this month that research should be refreshed "from time to time" to consider whether there were "new facts that impact on old judgments".
26 Jan 2014

Bird data ‘went missing’ during wind farm probe

Hamish Cumming, a mechanical engineer and farmer whose Darlington property is near two other proposed wind farm projects, alleges incorrect information about the brolgas flocking and nesting near Chepstowe and Mt Gellibrand was knowingly provided to and accepted by the Department of Sustainability and Environment (now Department of Environment and Primary Industries), with staff gagged if they expressed concern.
20 Jan 2014

Apology follows another outage in Port Fairy

Meanwhile, a purpose- built, gas-fired power station, designed to step in during peak demand is running at full capacity, according to operator Origin Energy. The region’s wind farms have been unable to alleviate demand pressures. A spokeswoman for AGL said the company’s 140 turbine Macarthur wind farm had limited output because of weather conditions.
16 Jan 2014

Abbott backs review of wind farms

"From time to time we do need to refresh the research; we do need to consider whether there have been new facts that impact on old judgments, and that is a perfectly reasonable thing to do. From time to time we do need to refresh the research; we do need to consider whether there have been new facts that impact on old judgments. It is some years since the NHMRC last looked at this issue: why not do it again?"
10 Jan 2014

Renewable energy target faces delay amid calls for Abbott to scrap policy

Australia could delay its mandated target for renewable energy use in a compromise option being considered by the Abbott government as it faces growing internal demands to scrap the policy completely. ...The prime minister, Tony Abbott, signalled before Christmas that the target could be wound back or the scheme scrapped, saying lower power prices are the government’s primary goal and the rationale for the RET no longer exists.
8 Jan 2014

Climate policies helped kill manufacturing, says Maurice Newman

Maurice Newman also says climate change policies driven by "scientific delusion" have been a major factor in the collapse of Australia's manufacturing sector. Mr Newman said protection of climate change policies and the renewable energy industry by various state governments smacked of a "cover-up". Mr Newman's comments follow those of Dow Chemicals chairman and chief executive Andrew Liveris, who said Australia was losing its natural advantage of abundant and cheap energy.
31 Dec 2013

A blow to wind farm objectors

The Department of Planning’s decision to recommend the approval of a 43-turbine wind farm at Flyers Creek, 20 kilometres south of Orange, has ended years of uncertainty for the group opposing the $195 million development.
30 Nov 2013

Anti-windfarm group appoints retired Liberal MP as government lobbyist

Recently retired Liberal MP Alby Schultz has pledged to lobby his former colleagues to place greater restrictions on wind energy, after being appointed the first patron of anti-wind group the Waubra Foundation. “Some sections of the media are blinded by the propaganda put out by those sympathetic to renewable energy. I’m disturbed by politicians at state and federal level for not undertaking their statutory duties.”
31 Oct 2013

Wind farm court action blowing in the wind

An anti-wind farm lobby group in southern New South Wales wants the State Government to freeze a controversial wind farm proposal. In September, the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure recommended conditional approval of a 63 turbine farm near Collector village, between Canberra and Goulburn.
30 Oct 2013

Wind farm VCAT hearing re-commences

“Bullying those who are speaking out and persistently shooting the messenger, and displaying his ignorance of the predictable health consequences of exposure to night time low frequency noise is only ruining Prof Chapman's previously wonderful reputation as an advocate for tobacco harm reduction,” she said.
23 Oct 2013

MP calls for compensation

Member for Hume Angus Taylor says rural land owners who’ve had their properties devalued by neighbouring wind farms deserve to be compensated. His comments come follow the publication of a preliminary report into the issue, which showed properties across the region that adjoined either energy developments or proposed energy developments had seen 33 to 60 per cent write downs.
20 Oct 2013

Wind farms win few fans

Rural landholders across Australia may face a disappearing pool of buyers and plummeting values of up to 60 per cent because of neighbouring wind farms, a new, independent report has established. Most reports so far have not produced evidence that rural land holdings have been impaired by wind turbine development. However, registered valuer Peter Reardon has compiled a 30-page dossier on the impacts of wind farms on adjoining or nearby rural farms.
14 Oct 2013

New govt stalls Glen wind farm

Federal government approval for the Glen Innes Sapphire Wind Farm has been delayed once again, following requests by the Abbott government for additional information. The 159-turbine wind farm, located between Glen Innes and Inverell, was given the go-ahead by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure on June 26 and was expected to gain federal consent on Tuesday, after the decision was initially extended six weeks from its original August 13 deadline.
27 Sep 2013

Bad vibrations in the air as Macarthur residents fire up over wind farm

Residents are desperately trying to convince council and others that wind turbine sickness isn’t a psychological oddity as suggested by academics. Neither the health community or the government say there is any evidence supporting their claims. But at least a dozen people described waking up in the early hours suffering from vibrations and dizziness they claim is caused by the giant AGL-operated wind energy plant near Macarthur.
27 Sep 2013

Health farm proposal delayed

The submission by Pacific Hydro also raised concerns that the conditions of the permit were insufficient to protect the clients and occupants of the health farm from the potential noise and nuisance arising from the wind farm, and the conditions were insufficient to protect the wind farm owners, developer and operators from legal or statutory action by clients, occupants, owners and operators of the proposed health farm.
16 Oct 2002

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