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Couple’s wind turbine court battle goes on

The Greaves’ sold the property for £385,000 on June 9 last year and say the sale was prompted by the noise issue. Even though they have moved they say are determined to fight on. The pair had lived at the address for eight years, landscaping the garden and carrying out works to the property.
23 Jan 2015

Cape Bridgewater wind farm 'a health hazard'

Six Cape Bridgewater residents involved in groundbreaking research on side-effects of wind farm infrasound have called for the state government to declare the area a health hazard. They have also called on the federal government to fund new studies on long-term health implications of living near wind farms, of which many are scattered across the south-west.
22 Jan 2015

Power struggle: In Peyton and Falcon, anger over changes to an energy project is blowing in the wind

If you think NIMBY attitudes run deep in suburbs and gated communities, try the countryside. Many of these folks don't want a damn thing in their backyard. So when a large wind farm was approved by the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners in December 2013 for the Calhan area — after years of delays and switches in ownership — there were quite a few people who didn't like it.
21 Jan 2015

Wind farm: plans changing with the wind; Change stirs concern

Laura Foye, a resident who received the letter from NextEra and another notification from the county, said she has spoken with Gil several times to try to better understand the project. “When it was first approved, it was going to bring in jobs and money,” she said. “Now, NextEra says that first route is going to be far too expensive for them; and, essentially, they just want to do something that’s less costly and less difficult.
15 Jan 2015

Clearview Township, WPD clash at Ontario Energy.

In December, in a submission to the OEB on WPD's application, municipal officials argued the board should not approve WPD's application without a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) for Fairview. The municipality has also argued the company has not undertaken an appropriate consultation process with the community.
13 Jan 2015

Neighbors fleeing low-frequency noise from giant wind turbines

Wind Refugees: They can not sleep and want to move or buy new homes to get away from the large wind turbines. Politicians want better protections forthe neighbors and will be reviewing the rules. Neighbours of large wind turbines are fleeing their homes because emissions, especially from low-frequency noise, is so great that they can no longer endure to remain in their homes.
6 Jan 2015

Four Ontario families lose wind farm case

The panel of judges who heard the case found that the tribunal did not make an error in the way it dealt with the families’ claims that their charter rights to security of the person were violated. A lawyer for the families had compared the turbines to new neighbours who might drive you to distraction and out of your home because you have no legal way to deal with the situation.
30 Dec 2014

‘This family was out of time’: Sheffield family resettled with help

After living in the shadow of the 16 industrial turbines at the Sheffield wind site near their modest year-round home, a former camp that has been in Steve’s family since the 1970s, the family has been relocated with help from supporters of the anti-wind cause to a mobile home in Derby. ...The family has enemies because of its continued, public outcry — including testifying at the State House — about how the wind project has impacted their health and the health of their children, Seager, 5, and Baily, who turns 3 next month.
29 Dec 2014

Wind turbine opponents write to governor

"Over 850 Ohio residents who are threatened with the prospect of industrial wind development in their communities sent a letter to Governor Kasich outlining the repeated and continuing failures of the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) to protect them from loss of their property rights and respect adjacent property owners right to protect and enjoy their property," Ledet said.
28 Dec 2014

Wind project raises serious safety, health concerns

Pioneer Green does not design or construct wind turbines. It will sell the development rights and will be long gone before any are built, leaving the resulting health, safety and environmental problems in the hands of leaseholders, county residents and attorneys. Somerset County will be poorer for the project, not richer.
6 Dec 2014

Health Effects Related to Wind Turbine Noise Exposure: A Systematic Review

Healtheffectsrelatedtowindturbinenoise_thumb The authors of this paper conducted an extensive literature review of scientific articles that address the association between wind turbine noise exposure and any suspected health-related outcomes. The abstract of their findings is provided below. The full paper can be accessed by clicking the links on this page. A second link on this page includes three tables listing the health studies reviewed by the authors. 
4 Dec 2014

Health Canada and Wind Turbines: Too little too late?

Industrial wind turbines (IWTs) are being erected at rapid pace around the world. Coinciding with the introduction of IWTs, some individuals living in proximity to IWTs report adverse health effects including annoyance, sleep disturbance, stress-related health impacts and reduced quality of life. In some cases Canadian families reporting adverse health effects have abandoned their homes, been billeted away from their homes or hired legal counsel to successfully reach a financial agreement with the wind energy developer.
28 Nov 2014

Lawrence Solomon: Ill winds blow from wind turbines

Despite the well-document effects of infrasound on animals and humans, the vast majority of studies of sound from wind turbines ignore the effects of infrasound; they instead compare wind turbine sounds to audible sounds coming from benign appliances such as refrigerators, say Alec Salt and Jeffery Lichtenhan of Washington University’s School of Medicine, authorities in the field of acoustics. The failure to take infrasound seriously, they state, is “quite astounding … Given the knowledge that the ear responds to low frequency sounds and infrasound, we knew that comparisons with benign sources were invalid and the logic [of relying on audible] sound measurements was deeply flawed scientifically.”
26 Nov 2014

When too big is an issue

This sudden political wind shift has its roots in local citizen opposition based on concerns about noise, visual blight and environmental issues. It also springs from fears the state could usurp town authority ...But at the bottom of it all is a sense of unease over any project that seems, well, just way too big, too complicated or too difficult to control.
23 Nov 2014
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