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This paper compares the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of individuals residing in the proximity of a wind farm to those residing in a demographically matched area sufficiently displaced from wind turbines. The study employed a nonequivalent comparison group posttest-only design. Self-administered questionnaires, which included the brief version of the World Health Organization quality of life scale, were delivered to residents in two adjacent areas in semirural New Zealand. ...Those exposed to turbine noise also reported significantly lower sleep quality, and rated their environment as less restful. The data suggest that wind farm noise can negatively impact facets of HRQOL.
Here's what we think: This wind farm is a game-changer. This cannot be understated. The Chokecherry Sierra Madre wind farm redefines Carbon County and, although it provides short- and, arguably, long-term monitory gains, it doesn't furnish enough benefits to raze our outdoors culture.
One man who spoke with The Daily News doesn't doubt some people's health does suffer due to the turbines. "Everybody is not the same," he said. "Everybody is going to have a different way of it affecting them." The Michaud property is just over a kilometre away from the closest turbine.
Several residents feel they are trapped living with the noise because if they tried to move house few people would be interested in buying a property next to a wind turbine. Nick Williams lives at Fullabrook itself with six of the turbines near his house. He claimed the wind farm had destroyed the area he lives in as well as his life.
MOE officials repeatedly told the couple in early 2009 that the power company (Canadian Hydro Developers) were in compliance with the law yet the company's own consultants report sent to the MOE concluded noise pollution from the turbines was generally higher than Ontario's limits.
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak has promised a moratorium on wind turbines and has said he'd allow local municipalities to have a say over such projects. "I think Dalton McGuinty's policies of forcing industrial wind turbines like pins in a pin cushion across the province is wrongheaded," said Hudak. "I think it's causing damage to communities and it's awfully expensive, driving up our hydro bills."
Wind turbines emit low frequency noise (LFN) and large turbines generally generate more LFN than small turbines. The dominant source of LFN is the interaction between incoming turbulence and the blades. Measurements suggest that indoor levels of LFN in dwellings typically are within recommended guideline values, provided that the outdoor level does not exceed corresponding guidelines for facade exposure. Three cross-sectional questionnaire studies show that annoyance from wind turbine noise is related to the immission level, but several explanations other than low frequency noise are probable. A statistically significant association between noise levels and self-reported sleep disturbance was found in two of the three studies.
But they say the wind farm, which started up in May with eight large turbines, has changed their lives. The closest turbine is 1.1 kilometre away, but the Michauds say a "tunnel effect" from the row of turbines stretching into the distance compounds the impact on their property.
The family is seeking damages totalling $1.5 million from defendants Kent Breeze Corp., MacLeod Windmill Project Inc. and Suncor Energy Services Inc. and wants the court to shut down the wind farm. "We don't want to leave and have to start new somewhere else," Lisa Michaud said Wednesday.
NIMBYism is the default invective hurled these days when anyone raises valid questions about what's being sold, but name-calling and threatened boycotts are cheap shots when the stakes are so high. After all, just how GREEN is this technology really? Who amongst us is sufficiently schooled on the true efficiency and safety of giant wind turbines? I've seen them stretched across dry, treeless land abutting freeways and thought, "now there's a good use of unpopulated, barren landscape," but frankly, I don't know much about them.
The proposed development would have seen the construction of Scotland's tallest wind turbines, each measuring 149m with a blade-span of 100m. But Highland Council turned down the application following a visit to the site on Blairmore Estate, near Kiltarlity and Abriachan.
The Patrick administration, as well as Falmouth, has ready access to citizen sufferers as examinable evidence. Yet, the Governor and other legislators cling to the creation of ‘setbacks' and ‘other' standards for wind energy projects, all the while, marginalizing any need to re-analyze health standards. ...Prolonged and unnecessary suffering in Falmouth, and elsewhere in the state, must stop!
Thousands of Lenca indigenous in Honduras, have been affected by the construction of a wind power plant, the project occupies their lands and affects the environment which is their source of life. The English translation appears along the bottom of the video. Duration: 2 minutes 46 seconds
Ogan, who filed his complaint in January, said the company told him that his antenna wasn't high enough. But he disagreed. With that same antenna, he said, his TV got better reception before the wind farm started. His wife, Claudia Ogan, said her TV had often been down to one channel since the wind farm started operating.
Petitioners who asked the Board of Environmental Protection to lower the allowable nighttime noise level of the turbines are unhappy that the standards were lowered by only 3 decibels, from 45 to 42, rather than to the 35-decibel level they sought, said Portland attorney Rufus Brown ..."So far it's the only time where the issues we've raised have been seriously. I think it's a landmark in that sense."
Plans to increase the size of ‘giant' turbines on Frodsham Marshes will ‘blot out the landscape' and ‘cast a shadow across hundreds of homes', say campaigners. ...Campaigners are outraged with changes to the original application, which could see the size of the individual turbines increase from a width of 90m to 100m.
The real fact people - the town boards have been offered numerous reports from credible sources, institutions, acousticians and medical clinicians from around the country, and indeed the world, all demonstrating the plausibility that industrial wind turbines negatively effect human wellness if poorly sited.
"Rather than creating very clear, credible research before subjecting the Drennans to this type of nightmare, they would opt instead ... to subject them to it to see how it turns out," he said.
Shawn and Trisha Drennan are landowners facing a pending windfarm project known as Kingsbridge II. Kingsbridge II will consist of upwards of 150 turbines one of which will be as close as approximately 650 meters from their home.
The Lyons are wool producers whose home is about 1670 metres from one of the development's turbines. Both have reported a feeling of sustained pressure in their ears, a sensation that has disturbed their sleep.