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Moreno-Caballero calls for even more stringent noise limits at night: “An outdoor limit of 45 dBA during the nighttime may not be sufficiently protective if residents have open windows, a condition that may occur during the summer and as a result outdoor limits should be between 40 dBA to 42 dBA Leq-8-hour.” No recommendation was made for average night noise exposure of wind turbines in the WHO-2018 guidelines as currently “quality of evidence … is too low to allow a recommendation.”
In the case of colossal wind turbines, town officials are willing to see them erected on hilltops in a manner that devastates the country setting. Some people living both in Allegany those years ago and today in the towns of Freedom, Farmersville and everywhere the Alle-Catt wind farm is proposed worked all their lives to be able to enjoy their rural homes among the woods and ridges of Cattaraugus, Allegany and Wyoming counties. Six-hundred-foot wind turbines will destroy that lifestyle for someone.
Supervisor Robert Karcher said Friday ... the town plans to complete and resubmit an environmental assessment form for the proposed town wind turbine law to the Cattaraugus County Planning Board for its review when considering whether to address the wind law.
It is past time that Apex cease all activity related to Lighthouse Wind. The power is not needed, the power is not clean, and the project as proposed violates local law. ...We do not want to leave an unhealthy, polluted, distorted, noisy, bird carcass-littered landscape to future generations.
“We have received nine complaints about noise,” Fred Norton, town supervisor noted at the last Arkwright Town Board meeting. “I have instructed our engineer, who we hired to supervise the construction of the project, to do the noise testing.”
Residents of Fredonia, Sinclairville and Arkwright presented research and shared what they viewed at best as annoyances and at worst negative health effects concerning the area wind farms. This outpouring of concern follows the negative comments given at a recent Chautauqua County Legislature meeting. The ongoing wind farm project has been the object of controversy and complaints for months, and residents at the health board meeting attempted to share specific health-based complaints.
Other residents, like Michael Wootton of Wainscott, were concerned the project was far more extensive than what they were privy to. The fear is that what BOEM is considering has doubled in size since it was first proposed, laying the groundwork for a larger plan. The plan submitted to BOEM suggests the project has grown to a 180-megawatt wind farm with two 230-kilovolt transmission cables coming to shore or to potentially an offshore substation.
The ongoing wind farm project has been the object of controversy and complaints for months, and residents at the health board meeting attempted to share specific health-based complaints. One resident said the the World Health Organization commented on acceptable noise from wind turbines, stating that 45 decibels is the maximum level that should be allowed.
"The windmills, if they are constructed on Galloo Island will harm wildlife," said Dean Whitmer, president of the Henderson Business and Community Council. "Property values are going to drop for homes that are in the view shed of these windmills."
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello told The Post-Journal it is heartbreaking to hear the horror stories from residents experiencing the problems, especially listening stories about how children are being affected. “When you are hearing stories about 4-year-old children having issues, you know they’re not making it up. (The wind farms) are having a real impact,” he said.
Lewis County residents should be on high alert in the years to come as the wind industry is in the process of gaining approval to build more wind farms across the county with little if any benefit to the taxpayers. The county leaders now in place are falling for it hook, line and sinker.
On Sept. 10, Paul Williamson of Apex appeared before the town board in Yates, proud to announce that finally, after more than four years, a preliminary project layout for the Lighthouse Wind project would be presented on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Unbelievably, it was also announced that this great public unveiling would not be in Yates or Somerset but at the Ridgeway fire hall on Route 104 in Medina. A subsequent letter was presented to the Yates and Somerset town boards which confirmed those details.
“I am so upset, EDP was asked not to put turbines within viewshot by the county planning board. It is a nightmare, a sonic nightmare, a visual nightmare. It sounded like sneakers in a laundromat. The campground is surrounded, it’s a toxic environment. Who’s going to want to camp here?”
Newly constructed wind turbines in the hills of Arkwright as well as other potential projects have caught the attention of the Western New York Public Health Alliance.
Right before there is an earthquake, animals run from the epicenter. This is because they hear frequencies below the range of human hearing, and because they feel the vibrations. If only we were so good at detecting danger.
County lawmakers moved to provide extra financial aid for small towns struggling against a controversial wind turbine project calling it a matter of public health and quality of life. “These turbines are going to stick out like a sore thumb,” declared Niagara County Legislator John Syracuse who represents the Town of Somerset. “The shock of a 600 foot spinning turbine in our pristine farming community, flat community, it could be quite obnoxious.”
Upon learning the fate of their property, Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon attended an open house on the Number Three Wind project, where Mrs. Sheldon left in tears. “I had to walk out crying after seeing the plans,” she said. They learned the physical effects turbines would cause, such as flicker and sound disturbances.
Industrial wind is simply an assault on all New York state taxpayers, ratepayers and our environment for what is a massive consumer fraud. It’s long past time that these Big Wind bullies hit the road.
I live directly on the line of the proposed North Ridge Wind project area, not a half-mile from the proposed turbines and well within the area that would be impacted by the project. My life was threatened by a close family member of a leaseholder for speaking out about the project, but I must stand for the truth and do the right thing.
Wind project threatens health, environment, economy, and national security