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The turbines, at 476 feet, are the tallest in the state so far. The two towns also were the first in the state to require sound testing of turbines after construction, rather than relying solely on pre-construction models to predict sound levels. ...Tests at the Hardscabble farm done in the spring and winter of 2011 found noise levels from the turbines were spiking as high as 60 decibles, Melewski said.
This informative letter with proposed resolution, compiled and signed by 166 citizens, residents and landowners of Wyoming County New York, was sent to the sixteen Wyoming County Supervisors as well as NY's congressional delegation. An excerpt of the letter appears below along with the resolution the signers were hoping to see adopted by the County. The full letter can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
In the winter, the red light reflects off the white snow and can be seen for miles. Salamone has talked to a realtor about selling his property, and the realtor told him his asking price is about $90,000 too high now that the wind turbines have been installed. A neighbor has simply moved away, without even trying to sell his property, because he couldn’t stand living under the turbines.
If industrial wind turbines set up shop in her community, however, she said they'd be destroying a community that is "so peaceful and relaxing." In a 4-1 vote Thursday night the Litchfield Town Board passed a local law that will ban construction of industrial wind turbines.
We own a camp near Lowville and those wind towers have ruined the serenity of the area. I cried the first night we spent at our camp after the turbines were turned on. It was in the spring with all the windows closed. I couldn't sleep with the constant whump, whump, whump of the towers all night long.
Wind power - wait, not so fast, says "Windfall," Laura Israel's urgent, informative and artfully assembled documentary. An account of rural Meredith, in upstate New York, when wind turbines came to town, the film depicts the perils of a booming industry and the bitter rancor it sowed among a citizenry.
President Obama got bipartisan applause during his State of the Union address when he called for an all-out clean-energy initiative. But a new film serves as a cautionary tale. ..."Windfall" opens Friday in New York City and will be available through Video On Demand. Details of screenings can be found at WindfallTheMovie.com .
The film, which was an official selection at the Toronto Film Festival, shows both the pros and cons of living with turbines - from the noise to the positive environmental impact. However, what it highlights most is how the technology bitterly divides a community.
He found that Stony Creek mapped numerous small dwellings in Orangeville to meet setback requirements. But it failed to seek a variance for White's cabin because the company failed to discern its existence and location - not because the structure wasn't a dwelling, as the developer maintained.
Members of the Planning Board said they were surprised at their meeting Monday when they were informed that the town of Richfield had recently issued a building permit to a couple who purchased an 8-acre tract adjacent to the land where the wind farm would go.
The town board is set to approve a new turbine noise limit next month based on an "invalid" sound demonstration, according to the acoustics expert who performed the noise test.
Between the noise issues and the unpleasant lighting effects, some residents have packed up and left town. Salamone's daughter, who formerly lived with her family in another Davis Road residence, is among them. ...An Iberdrola company spokesperson contacted late last week did not respond with a comment prior to press time.
The legal notice the couple received by certified mail last Wednesday detailed 33 additional individual or municipal property owners and companies - including the city of Little Falls and at least two other land owners who have no ties or connections to the wind power company - who have had claims filed against their properties.
"It's like living in an insane discotheque," Consolazio said. "When the sun hits the blades at a certain angle, you get a strobe-light effect. And the blades throw their black shadows across the house, the field, everything, while the strobe light effect is going on."
NeMoyer found that the Town Board did not act unlawfully when it approved the zoning amendments. He also found no ethics violations or conflicts of interest among the voting members. Any tangential or indirect interests CSOO alleged had been fully disclosed as required.
We cannot carry on conversations outside due to the constant noise level. There is a constant droning sound inside my home that was never there before. I can't even begin to imagine the noise when the turbines are going full force and in the summer.
CLIFTON PARK -- A couple's decision to build a massive collection of solar panels in their yard is generating controversy as well as energy.
A recent visit to Iberdrola's 195-turbine Maple Ridge Wind Farm in Lewis County found the biggest source of complaints was local television station reception, according to the Hammond Wind Committee.
Contrary to assertions by St. Lawrence Wind Farm's developer, Acciona Wind Energy USA, in the final environmental impact statement, the report said, "Indications are there will be an overall decrease in property values with the potential for significant negative impact on assessments and related factors such as tax rates and the ability to market property at a fair price." ...The report also finds that tourism likely would be hurt by wind turbines.
After we spent two days driving, and an hour and a half on the ferry, to get away from the hustle and bustle of New York, it was quite ironic to find our rental house located across from the intermittently noisy power plant.