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This is a story about the wind industry and turbine manufacturer, Vestas and the global campaign to counter dissent about the adverse impacts caused by their product to an often ignored minority of people living in rural communities worldwide.
A legal challenge against the controversial $2 billion King Island wind farm proposal could be thwarted if state-owned Hydro Tasmania succeeds in making its opponents find $165,000 as security for costs. Wind farm opponents, the No TasWind Farm Group, said its legal challenge security cost "tipping point" was only about $20,000.
Locals in South Australia’s Mid North are banking on independent research to confirm their claims about health effects of living near wind farms. Marija Jovanovic reports.
And Greg Barratt said he was confident the community would have the final say after the completion of Hydro's feasibility study, rejecting any concerns the state- owned company would simply rubber stamp the project. "I think it's better that the community decide rather than having a court decision," Cr Barratt said.
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."
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".
Senator Madigan of Victoria in Australia delivered this speech on the floor of the Australian Senate wherein he announces findings from freedom of information requests that show the Waubra wind farm to be noncompliant, yet the agencies responsible for enforcement of the permit(s) say otherwise. In the speech, Senator Madigan explains that Waubra's breaching of its planning permit conditions is part of a broader culture of noncompliance arising from "systemic regulatory failure that impacts every wind farm in Victoria." The Senator's full speech is provided below and can be downloaded by selecting the link on this page.
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Fresh medical evidence from Australia supports scientific claims of a direct causal link between wind turbine low-level pressure pulses and symptoms of sickness in humans - even up to 20 miles away. Witness statements from residents and the extract of Acoustician Les Huson's expert opinion are now up as documents on the waubrafoundation.org.au website for people to use as they see fit to educate others.
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.
The letter, sent to eight properties, warned that development consent was not a defence against possible legal action and recommended recipients seek legal advice. Mr Hodgson said he had been advised by his lawyers that there was "extensive" precedent to sue his neighbours should the turbines prove a nuisance, and that he would seek damages.
“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.
Dr. Sarah Laurie of the Waubra Foundation in Australia delivered these important comments to attendees at the Falmouth MA Human Rights Conference. A portion of Dr. Laurie's comments appear below. Her full set of comments can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
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.
Lilli-Ann Green and Preston Ribnick prepared this summary of their trip to Australia where they interviewed dozens of people who have been profoundly adversely impacted by industrial wind turbines or are fighting the construction of wind turbines in their communities. Their report can be accessed by clicking the link on this page.