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The wind industry will no doubt try to dismiss Windfall as a piece of anti-"green" energy agitprop. But the controversies over wind energy development that Israel exposes in Meredith are not going away. Indeed, as the wind industry continues its breakneck expansion here in the US and around the world, the number of controversies like the one in Meredith, along with the number of mad-as-hell landowners like Charlie Porter, will only increase.
There is a David and Goliath aspect to these battles between heavily funded corporate interests and citizen activists who come out and stand in the rain with home-made signs. Will the NIMBY's - a designation one should wear with pride - really be able to do something, as they did in Meredith, or will the forces of darkness masking as environmental crusaders prevail? Tune in.
Laura Israel's Windfall and Risteard Ό Domnhnaill's The Pipe both take on the hard challenge of chronicling community conflict. They are both compelling narratives, beautifully produced, elegantly structured, edited authoritatively, with unforgettable characters. They both present a persuasive and powerful point of view, without slighting hard realities.
A scene from “Windfall”“Windfall,” a new documentary that premieres Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival, could take the sails out of wind power. The film observes the deeply divided residents of Meredith, New York — an Upstate farm community in decline — as they debate the pros and cons of allowing wind turbines on their land.
In a May 14 letter, the two disputed the background noise levels that Mr. Hessler assumed through his regression analysis. Mr. Elliot and Mr. Tocci had measurements that averaged five decibels below the levels Mr. Hessler predicted ...If ambient noise levels have been overstated in the impact statement, it will allow higher levels of noise from turbines.
The author of "Wind Turbine Syndrome: a Report on a Natural Experiment" told the Hammond Wind Committee on Monday that 14 percent of the town's residential dwellings will be adversely affected if the entire wind overlay zone is filled with wind turbines.
Concerns about how a wind turbine that is proposed for farmland on Long Lane in East Hampton could affect the neighborhood and the view were aired once again at Town Hall last Thursday night, when the East Hampton Town Board had a second hearing on a permit request for the system.
A Cornell University engineering professor urged the Hammond Wind Advisory Committee to increase the setbacks in its wind energy law to two and a half times the height of a tower. Dr. Paul G. Carr, one of the retired founders of the engineering firm Bernier and Carr, urged the panel to consider the safety of area residents.
Gary A. Abraham, attorney for the Clear Skies Over Orangeville group, said he hopes the five-judge Appellate Division of State Supreme Court will hear the case by late summer. He wants the justices to grant his group's plea to order the town to re-examine the noise level generated by the project.
Several months ago, a neighbor and I drove through the industrial wind complex in Lewis County. While doing so, I experienced a severe case of vertigo and my passenger became nauseous. This definitely caused me concern as the only other time this had happened was when I had driven through another turbine complex in the Southwest.
A sound expert told the Wind Advisory Committee that Hammond's "rural soundscape" will be changed with the construction of wind turbines and that it would be foolish to take any wind developer's sound level plan as gospel. ...Mr. Schneider described Hammond's evenings as calm, quiet times during which the noise from turbines would not be masked.
Three professional acoustical engineers have been hired, one by Acciona, one by the town and one by Wind Power Ethics Group. The likely sound increases discussed has been 42 from Acciona, 25 to 33 from the town's hired expert, and 30 by WPEG. ...Suddenly BP and Acciona need 50 decibels. Period. No ambient, no nothing.
Arthur Giacalone, an attorney from East Aurora ...said there was inadequate time to review the project's draft environmental impact statement, and he urged residents to approach the DEIS with "healthy skepticism" as it contained what he called slanted information. "If you take the time to closely examine it, there is example after example of where this is happening," Giacalone said.
Members of the Orleans wind economics committee voiced a range of views on what the effects of a wind farm would be on property values in the town. Members of the committee, which met Wednesday night, are working on a report that will outline the economic effects for the school districts, participants and town and the effect of turbines in the viewshed on property values.
This report outlines the acoustic and visual impacts of the Wolfe Island Wind Project on residents 2 miles (3.2 km) across the St. Lawrence River along the Tibbetts Point Road, Cape Vincent.
The ex-Kingstonians planning to erect 60 to 90 wind turbines west of Wolfe Island in the waters of Lake Ontario have pegged the price of the project at $1.5 billion. ...If approvals from various provincial and federal departments go according to schedule, the company will order the turbines two years from now and install the foundations a year later.
The town of Hounsfield Planning Board has asked a judge to dismiss the adjacent town of Henderson's Article 78 petition over the siting of wind turbines on Galloo Island, claiming the action is "frivolous" and Henderson's complaints came too late in the project's review process.
As Buffalo considers the "benefits" of erecting wind turbines within city limits, it must openly and objectively assess the negative consequences. The presence of 400-foot-tall towers will impact community character and scenic vistas. The noise created by wind turbines will be a nuisance. Most troubling, however, is the growing body of medical research establishing that infrasound produced by wind turbines ...adversely affects human health.
"We have lost the still of the night, and my hope and prayer for you is that you never have to live with the nightmare we have in Cohocton." Those were the words of Hal Graham concerning a Cohocton wind-turbine farm, as he spoke Wednesday evening at a public forum in Allegany. ...The two-hour event was attended by as many as 150 people, as well as some town officials
He said before construction of the turbine on his property, First Wind company officials said he and his wife would notice no more than the hum of a refrigerator. "Every time we asked questions about the noise, we were told not to worry," he said. Now, he says, the machine "sounds like a jet engine in your back yard that will never take off." He said the noise has been measured at over 100 decibels (about the same as a power lawnmower at 3 ft.).