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The Supreme Court allowed the appeal on Friday after AGL admitted it had found that some of the turbines from the first two stages - opened by former premier Mike Rann in 2008 and last year - were emitting an audible tonal noise that breached government guidelines.
With the benefit of recent acoustical studies and medical papers, it has become increasingly clear there is a link between wind turbine operation and health effects, the only question is to what degree and what action to take. ...It is distressing that we can get public policy so wrong so much of the time and then take so long to fix it.
"Information about the dangers of wind farms keeps coming to light. "This new evidence needs to be investigated urgently and fixed before any more towers are constructed." Senator Madigan said the inquiry had received more than 1000 submissions and had made seven recommendations.
Two families whom I represent have moved out of their homes because of illnesses they felt after eight wind turbines were built nearby; others want to move but can't afford to. A Fond du Lac family abandoned their $300,000 remodeled farm house because their 16-year-old daughter developed intestinal lesions and was hospitalized for them. After they moved away, she recovered.
So, where are these Vermonters saying, "Yes! Take our mountains - destroy our natural resources! We love seeing big business covering all 200 miles of our ridgelines. We love how you manipulate our government, destroy our environment and threaten our neighbors. "
Here is a news report out of Ontario, Canada regarding the plight of victims suffering from industrial wind turbines too close to their homes. This story repeats itself all over the world, from Maine to Australia and everywhere else.
Members of an indigenous community in Oaxaca, southern Mexico have been threatened by security staff from a wind farm construction company. The company has been building on their land. Two human rights defenders have also received death threats. Their lives are a risk.
"It's like no other noise you have ever heard," he said describing it as a strong whooshing sound that persists with a westerly wind. "That's about 90 per cent of the year." South Australian farmer Andy Thomas lives near six turbines at Mt Bryan. In an affidavit in a case against the wind farm, Mr Thomas said the turbine noise was like a jet passing overhead.
There is no worldwide agreement on appropriate wind turbine setback distances from homes and limited awareness of wind turbine setbacks in other countries. This report attempts to identify and clarify existing governmental requirements and recommendations regarding wind turbine setbacks from residences. The introduction of the report is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the link(s) on this page.
First Wind tried to end the appeal with a cash settlement that, according to one source, jumped to $2-million in a failed effort by the company to reboot negotiations. ...however, the company's offer stretched beyond the appeal. In addition to dropping their appeal, the members of the suit would have been required to sign off on a sound easement against their property. A gag order would have prevented them from talking about it.
Dave and Stephanie Hulthen spoke on "Life with Dekalb Turbines". They are from DeKalb County, Illinois. They live in the middle of an industrial wind farm. There are thirteen industrial wind turbines located within one mile of their home, two within 1400 feet. Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition (IICC) hosted a seminar at the Blissfield Middle School in Michigan. IICC is opposing wind turbine siting in Riga, Ogden and Fairfield townships, Michigan. Duration: 41 minutes 29 seconds
The board made the unanimous decision last night to support the spirit of the petitioners article, but not the exact wording. Article 9 asks Town Meeting to suspend operations of Wind 1 and Wind 2 until research can show that no harm is being done to nearby residents by the Falmouth turbines. Wind 1 is currently operational, but shuts down when wind speeds exceed 23 miles per hour. Wind 2 is completed, but not yet operational.
Herkimer County, New York is the latest location to register wind turbine noise complaints. The source? Iberdrola's Hardscrabble wind facility (37 turbines) that went online earlier this year. Studies are underway to determine if the project is operating outside legal sound limits, but the larger question is 'Why?'. Why, with over 1,300 megawatts of wind installed in New York today and an extensive body of evidence showing turbine noise is causing deleterious impacts on people living near the towers, was Herkimer County fooled into thinking it would be spared?
They're suing Suncor, claiming the turbines triggered their now non-stop health problems. "It's not a question of money. We want our health back. We want to keep our place. We just want these things gone," Michel says.
Hari Sreenivasan of PBS News Hour talks to Heather Goldstone and Sean Corcoran of WCAI in Cape Cod, Mass. about their reports on the fallout of a wind turbine Falmouth, Massachisetts. While there's no comprehensive scientific research to subtantiate the negative health impacts of wind turbines, residents living near the 400 foot tall turbine have complained of headaches, sleep deprivation, and tinnitus. Godlstone and Corcoran talk about the ongoing debate in Falmouth and its implications for wind energy in Massachusetts and nationally. Duration: 5 minutes 42 seconds
A state senator is on a mission to make sure wind turbines don't hurt peoples' health. "We owe it to ourselves as legislators, and as a state and country, to not harm people when new things come down the pike," Senator Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) said.
Victorian graziers Anne and Gus Gardiner recently got some great news. The Italian fashion house Zegna declared them one of Australia's top two fine wool producers. But the recognition comes right as the Gardiners are pondering the future of their business. They fear they might need to shut down their award-winning sheep property because of a forest of wind turbines rising on their boundary.
A bill he introduced Monday would declare a moratorium on construction of wind farms until the state Public Service Commission is in possession of a report that ensures turbines like those dotting the landscape in this southern Brown County town don't cause health problems.
"We are not opposed to renewable energy but this will destroy vast areas of precious countryside and kill off the tourism trade. "The authorities have completely failed to consider the devastating impact this huge project will have on people's lives and livelihoods. "The substation alone will cover an area of 28 acres.
Hundreds of readers had their say on the Liberal Democrat's comments, with the poll asking if turbines are as beautiful as he claims. Some 79 people agreed with Mr Huhne that they are indeed elegant. But those backing him were somewhat outweighed by the 767 who voted to say they considered turbines to be a blight on the landscape.