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Much of what used to be one of the most beautiful areas in New York has been turned into a sprawling industrial wind factory. Many of my friends' homes have been rendered virtually worthless. Let's be real. Would you buy and move your family into a home with towers that are 430-plus feet tall, with 7-ton blades spinning overhead, only hundreds of feet from your home?
As this letter is being written, people are being assaulted with massive amounts of construction noise and diesel fumes. Complaints from citizens are scoffed at by company and town government alike. Country roads are disintegrating because they are not meant to take the abuse of commercial trucks loaded with thousands of tons of industrial wind turbines, blades, nacelles, cement and stone. The Devil laughs ...
Last February, the Ancram Town Board voted to strip Crocco and Gershon of the special use permits they received in 2010 from the Zoning Board of Appeals. Town Zoning Enforcement Officer Ed Ferratto handed Crocco a notice of violation, two months later, for his alleged dishonesty about the turbine's noise level.
In the background, the usual sound of birds is replaced by unnatural sounds of gravel trucks dumping their loads for a nearby wind-turbine access road. ...our 43-story wind machines will tower over their property. Four sets of blinking lights will break up the night's dark sky. There will be constant rumble of blades rotating.
Several dozen residents once again picketed and stood outside a town of Allegany Planning Board meeting Monday in protest of EverPower Wind LLC, which has proposed to build a 29-turbine wind farm in Chipmonk and Knapp Creek.
An unsolicited multi-national corporation decided that it wanted to use the wind resource in our Town and turn the township into a platform for profits. For the past five years a citizens' group has fought hard to preserve the rural and local nature of Orangeville. Many legitimate issues were raised ...But big money is now turning Orangeville into a "Company-Owned Town'.
Mr. Chandler also said shifting the wind farm five miles away from the waterfront would practically push the project out of Cape Vincent - and into the town of Lyme - and that Lyme's wind moratorium prohibits any turbines within its township.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Huge wind turbines are dotting the landscape in New York and Massachusetts, producing megawatts of green energy. So why would people living near these giant windmills want them out?
You'll meet people from New York and Massachusetts, living just 120 miles apart, but claiming to have similar health issues they attribute to giant wind turbines in their backyards. "It sounds just like a prop jet outside the house," says Keith Dillenbeck, a dairy farmer in Herkimer County.
The registration change by the Fischers and hundreds of other seasonal residents helped re-elect Supervisor Urban C. Hirschey and replaced pro-wind councilmen, with ties to wind lease holders, with past members of an anti-wind turbine group. But the Fischers paid a price. They lost up to $400 in STAR (School Tax Relief) rebates at their residence in Canandaigua.
The law firm of Lippes & Lippes has now sent a letter of notice to the company building the wind farm, Invenergy, and land owners who have signed leases for the project, that they could all be sued for damages, health effects, and loss of quality of life as a result of the Stony Creek project.
But in a 49-page complaint filed last month, the plaintiffs, who live within a mile or two of the wind farm in Fairfield, Middleville, and Norway, N.Y., are charging the Iberdrola companies with negligence, private nuisance, trespass and product liability violations for building the project without adequately considering the impact on residents.
Frustrated by the wind farm that some residents say drives them "crazy," 60 Middleville, Fairfield and Norway residents have filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court against the entities responsible for its construction, namely Iberdrola Renewables. "A lot of it has to do with the effect that it's having in being in close proximity to the residences," said Jeff DeFrancisco, an attorney from DeFrancisco & Flagiatano Law Firm of Syracuse.
Dozens of neighbors of a $200 million wind farm sued the companies behind it, claiming noise and lights give them migraines, make them nervous and keep them up at night.
Members of both town councils and planning boards spoke in unison, criticizing BP's "back-door approach" to the $300 million project and the developer's new 124-turbine layout that is in clear violation of local zoning laws.
Gov. Cuomo last month ordered state officials to study the health effects of hydraulic fracturing - and so continued to prevent drillers from exploiting the Marcellus Shale. But if he's truly interested in public health, the governor must also put a freeze on wind-energy projects in New York until their health impact can be gauged.
Melewski said most of the spikes were in the 50-to-60 decibel range. Sixty decibels is equivalent to the sound of a dishwasher or clothes dryer. During the second study, done over the course of 80 days, Melewski said samples were taken every 10 minutes, that added up to hours over that period.
Weary residents asked town officials to measure noise levels at Iberdrola's Hardscrabble wind facility. The results found levels above the legal limit. But instead of reducing the noise, Iberdrola gave noise generating machines to residents in hopes of drowning out the whooshing and whirling turbine sounds.
Tobin says people don't realize what it's like to try to try and sleep at night with these windmills going around and around when everything else is quiet. Tobin said, "I've had a few friends of mine that came up ...they said 'well that aint nothin'. When they sat there and were were talking, they said 'my gosh, how the heck do you put up with this'. Yea, cause it's constant. It don't go away. It sounds like a plane that never stops. It just goes and goes and goes."
Mary Ellen Jones, formerly of Cohocton, NY, discusses her experience with wind developer First Wind. Ms. Jones lived within the viewshed of First Wind's 125 megawatt wind energy facility referred to as Cohocton Wind. When she found the turbine noise exceeded the permitted levels, she entered into negotiations to sell her home to First Wind. This is her story.