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The majority of board members found fault with the application on more than one front, including the zoning requirement that the turbine known as Wind 1 will not have "adverse effects" on either the neighborhood or the town. Throughout the permit hearing, which stretched over a half dozen meetings and several months, neighbors of the turbine presented evidence on multiple fronts, including personal testimony, in an attempt to show the negative effects of the turbine.
Sarah Laurie, CEO of the Waubra Foundation in Australia, delivered this powerful speech before the Falmouth wind turbine demonstration held in Falmouth, MA on February 27, 2016.
Town counsel Jay Talerman responded by claiming that Kingston Wind Independence is in breach of its contract with the town - in part because KWI has failed to make several of its required monthly rent payments. He also claims that KWI is not in full compliance with either the Board of Health’s original abatement order or its second abatement order for shutdown of the turbine under certain conditions.
“There will be a lawsuit that will be filed shortly within Superior Court against Future Generation Wind,” Stephen Mealy, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said Tuesday after the board returned from an executive session to map out a legal strategy against the wind energy company, which is now owned by ConEdison Solutions. The Bourne Board of Health has previously found that the turbines could affect Bourne residents.
Mr. Senie used regulations on turbine sound power levels and setbacks to argue that the Falmouth turbine should be located farther from its neighbors. Describing the modulated infrasound produced by the structure with “peak-to-trough” separations, he said, “The pressures are coming inside of homes, and they are noticeable.”
The enforcement notices went out Thursday, January 14, one day after the board of health decided to take action during a marathon session that did not end until close to midnight Wednesday, January 13. At that meeting, several residents affected by the turbines criticized the town for not moving fast enough in pursuing an injunction against the wind farm.
This letter written by William Hallstein, MD, a practicing psychiatrist with over 40 years of experience, was delivered to the Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals. Dr. Hallstein is also a resident of Falmouth Massachusetts. In his letter he explains the very real impact the Falmouth turbines on human health.
We turbine neighbors stand on the hill of right yet we have somehow been turned into the villains of this wind power fiasco. At my new “safe zone” in the Dominican Republic which replaces my former “safe zone” in Falmouth I painted one outside wall with “The Town of Falmouth Massachusetts has lost its moral compass.”
It's been three years since Hoosac Wind has been online and we are still living with noise and other issues from Hoosac Wind and our quality of life continues to deteriorate with no solution in sight. I've been tired of late as I was diagnosed with diffuse large B cell lymphoma and undergoing treatment. Prognosis is favorable but I'm not out of the woods. Studies show there is a correlation between sound waves produced by industrial wind turbines and health. I'm not saying Hoosac Wind caused my health issues directly, but there is no doubt that sleep deprivation is negatively affecting our health and well being.
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.