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The biggest unreported story in the Ontario media, despite all its talented investigative journalists, is the destruction of rural Ontario by massive wind “farms” and solar projects.
Amherst Island is an idyllic place: rolling meadows dotted with heritage buildings, narrow carriage roads lined by the largest concentration of historic dry stone walls in Canada. The population of 400 year-round residents expands to 1,000 in the summer, but the island located west of Kingston in Lake Ontario, because it is a 20-minute ferry ride from the mainland, has largely resisted the encroachment of developers.
The petition states: ‘The quality of life and exceptional landscape are things that make the Isle of Man distinctive – this key economic asset should not be undermined.’
The agency found that renewable energy firm Seneca Global Energy failed to carry out enough public consultation before submitting the proposals to Hartlepool Council in 2014 and have now put a halt to the ambitious plans.
Rhode Island is tiny and densely populated. And people who like the idea of wind energy in the abstract rarely want it near their own backyards ...Pacheco's neighbors said their concerns include noise, maintenance and "shadow flicker," the blinking effect that occurs when the sun rises or sets behind the spinning blades.
The debate over giving towns a say over poorly sited renewable energy projects is beginning to affect the gubernatorial race, as a mega-wind project proposed for Windham and Grafton is set to affect the largest number of homes of any wind project in Vermont.
PENN FOREST TWP., Pa. - Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, Zoning Hearing Board was told Thursday evening by a retired medical doctor the wind turbine project proposed by Iberdrole Renewable would adversely affect the health of those who live near the proposed project.
“We endorse renewable energy, but this was the wrong project in the wrong location.”
The enticement of government-funded projects that exclude individual rights is causing a rift among Sandhills residents that may never heal. Infringement on landowner rights using eminent domain and endangering livelihoods by destroying our grasslands with this unnecessary construction project is offensive.
We've done our research. We've learned that wind energy does not reduce carbon emissions. Those claims are false. Wind energy projects destroy natural resources. Many environmentalists have raised concerns about destruction of otherwise undisturbed areas and the deaths of birds and bats.
Opposition to wind farms has intensified around the country in recent years as the skyscraping towers encroach on residential areas and turbine designs get bigger and taller and ever more powerful. Some who live near these energy farms in other states are complaining of headaches, dizziness, sleep disruption and general annoyance caused by whooshing blades, flickering shadows and strobing hazard lights.
Smith said the runoff trouble was predicted by a team of 10 concerned Vermonters, including water quality experts and lawyers ...“At the end of each meeting, the people we met with told us there was massive political pressure (to approve the Lowell project),” she said. “During the meeting they told us we were raising good issues, and that they would look carefully at them and get back to us. Well they never got back to us and then the permits went out.”
"They say their windmills will be 500 feet high, but they may be more like 600 feet or more. That's five times higher than St. Mary's steeple," Grindstone Islander Chuck Ebbing stated. "I told our grandchildren that if we are not careful all they will see when they look at Clayton is a field of blinking lights," he told the board and audience at Dodge Hall, where the meeting was held.
Mexican and foreign energy companies have paid off local power brokers to bring landowners on board, according to lawyers and activists. Yet in some cases, money they had donated for social projects evaporated in the hands of municipal officials. “We’ve had years of wind projects, but poverty is the same.”
It doesn't matter whether the wind blows, or not, or too much, our "green" – but only behind-the gills – politicians will be happy to chuck big chunks of our taxes at the wind companies, while, ignoring cheap, reliable, alternatives, such as our abundant shale gas and small, modern, nuclear plants (which harmlessly power France.)
US presidential candidate said planning conditions associated with Aberdeenshire project had not been satisfied; Donald Trump vowed to lodge formal objections with Marine Scotland over the windfarm development.
“My decision to decline the application was significantly influenced by the adverse effects the wind farm would have on the amenity and character of three Pryde Road properties. These effects were not able to be mitigated.”
“The weight of public opinion is against the scheme. That opposition is based on valid planning reasons. Local people believe that if this development were to take place their environment will be badly damaged."
Falck Renewables Wind is appealing West Norfolk Council’s decision to refuse permission for nine wind turbines on land between Clenchwarton and Terrington St Clement.
A windfarm which would have added to the “ring of steel” around Loch Ness has been scrapped. German energy firm E.ON has quietly announced its decision on its website, stunning objectors.