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The Future Generation wind turbine project at cranberry grower Keith Mann’s Head of the Bay tract in South Plymouth may be hauled into superior court, likely in Barnstable. The Bourne Board of Health is asking selectmen to authorize Town Counsel Robert S. Troy to request a court injunction -- expressly to halt wind-farm construction.
We have turbines that lose money and a burgeoning legal budget that self-perpetuates with ongoing litigation that includes the town suing itself and its citizens. The town claims that it would, however, be too costly to simply stop the bleeding and dismantle the turbines. I have yet to see an official breakdown of these costs, and since the town still refuses to embrace transparency and actually post a copy of the town’s budget on its website, it is impossible to assess and understand any financial impacts.
The Board of Health approved a modified abatement order Monday night that changes the requirements for shutting down the Independence wind turbine when it is in excess of state noise regulations, standards and policies.
The turbine was ill placed, but now it is here, there needs to be a way to relieve the noise problem, an issue, which was not really mentioned until the thing was nearly up. You can't dispute what you don't know, but now we know what the benefits and the burdens of its operation are, the responsibility to find a way to make this machine less harmful lies with the town.
I can’t help but think that if the town put as much time and money as they have fighting the neighbors into finding a solution to the financial issues, the problem would already be solved.
But complaints continue to be lodged with the Board of Health over the noise from the turbine. Monday night that led board member Toni Cushman to raise the possibility of modifying the existing order regulating excessive noise levels.
When the use of wind turbines was originally suggested for the wastewater treatment plant, the Energy Committee assured the public that the town would research what might be involved and there would be many opportunities for input and questions. Neighbors were sent to Hull to view the 660 kw turbine, which was also described in the questionnaire sent to them. Neither neighbors nor Town Meeting in May 2012 were told the size of the initial wind turbine, Wind 1, that was 1.65mw and 397 feet tall. Without proper study the Town made a baseless decision as if it knew what it was doing. Far from it!
During a closed-door meeting, the board voted to appeal the Sept. 17 cease-and-desist order issued by the Zoning Board of Appeals while also voting to comply with that order in the meantime, according to a news release sent shortly before 9 p.m. by Town Manager Julian Suso. The ZBA had ordered Wind 1, one of the two turbines, shut down while the town seeks a special permit that would allow it to continue to run.
Kingston Wind Independence wants to run its turbine under low-noise mode as a means of operating within the constraints set by the Board of Health in its abatement order for excessive noise. But the Board of Health wants to know exactly what that means.
“There are hundreds of families throughout the state in over 21 wind turbine locations that we know of who are suffering physically and financially from wind turbines located too close to their homes,” said Lilli-Ann Green, a spokesperson for Wind Wise Massachusetts.
It’s looking more likely that the Board of Health will have a vote in July or August on placing further restrictions on operations of the Independence wind turbine. ...Board of Health Chairman Bill Watson said the order could be amended by lowering the threshold that needs to be met for the turbine to be shut down or by extending the hours when it must be shut down.
It’s looking more likely that the Board of Health will have a vote in July or August to decide whether to place further restrictions on operation of the the Independence wind turbine. The board may vote to amend an abatement order approved last fall restricting the hours of operation under certain wind conditions when the turbine is deemed to be out of compliance with state noise regulations.
The opening story in this NPR report discusses some of the history and future of the Falmouth MA wind turbine. Click the link on this page to listen to the show.
Is it really fair to compare the torture of detainees to that of turbine neighbors? Consider that the detainees were forced to endure sleeplessness for a few days at a time on many occasions, but never more than a week. Wind turbine victims must endure this same deprivation for arbitrary periods of time whenever the wind is blowing, sometimes intermittently for decades. Often, their only hope of escape or reprieve from this torment is to flee their homes which no one will buy—despite the fact that they are not suspected of any crimes whatsoever. At least detainees were not forced to lie awake and watch their families suffer the same deprivation.
This important study conducted at a home situated within 1300 feet of the Falmouth MA wind turbines identified infrasonic sound pressure levels inside the residence. These results are similar to results from other international researchers with references given in the report. The executive summary and conclusions sections of the report are provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the link on this page.
After failing to meet an end-of-year deadline for fixes that would reduce the noise-level of Crum Hill wind turbines, Iberdrola Renewables LLC’s Hoosac Wind Power Project has been cited by the state Department of Environmental Protection for being too loud. Until the problems can be remedied, the company is now under an administrative consent order to take operational steps to bring the project into compliance with permissible noise levels whenever a noise complaint is found to be true through sound tests.
Chronicle produced this news video covering the impacts of five industrial-scale wind turbines sited in Kingston, Massachusetts. The transcript of the video is provided below, Click the picture or link on this page to watch the video.
Talerman’s draft order calls for “a modification at the very least if not an outright shutdown” of turbine operations from midnight to 4 a.m. when the wind is traveling from the south or southwest at eight meters per second or more at the turbine hub. ...The board voted 4-1 in favor of adopting the abatement order, which was served to KWI Tuesday.
News that noise coming from the wind turbines in the Hoosac Wind project exceeded state standards has some of the project’s neighbors calling for action, and others shrugging their shoulders.
The mitigation plan calls for the turbine blades to be shut down in certain wind conditions. But Select Board Chairman Robert Espindola added, "It's not clear to me whether the mitigation is the only reason they're (complaints) are trailing off or frustration." He said some people who've complained in the past told him they've just given up.