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Eight Mineral County residents, all with their homes a short distance from the 23-turbine Pinnacle Wind Farm, voiced their concerns about the noise emitted from the turbines during a Community Advisory Panel meeting on Monday evening.
Newspaper stories from Missouri, Oregon, New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Britain, Australia, Canada, Taiwan, and New Zealand indicate that the wind-turbine-noise problem is global and that the frustration among rural landowners is growing. The wind-energy lobby desperately wants to downplay the problems associated with low-frequency noise and infrasound. That's not surprising. The industry has no solution for the noise problem, except, of course, to increase the setbacks between wind turbines and residential areas.
The government of South Australia issued two series of "Wind farms environmental noise guidelines" in 2003 and 2009, aiming to balance the advantage of wind energy development in South Australia with the protection of amenity of the surrounding commmity from adverse noise impacts. This briefing paper sums up a study undertaken during 2011 evaluating the efficiency and adequacy of these guidelines.
At about 40 stories from base to blade tip, the turbine is the tallest structure in the city and one of the largest turbines in the state, taller even than the two turbines under construction in nearby Fairhaven.
During my reporting on the problem of wind-turbine noise, I have interviewed a number of homeowners who have abandoned their homes due to the noise. One of those people: Wisconsin resident Dave Enz. After talking with him on the phone, he sent me the following statement. I edited only for punctuation. I have added some follow up questions at the bottom of his statement. -- Robert Bryce
President Obama got bipartisan applause during his State of the Union address when he called for an all-out clean-energy initiative. But a new film serves as a cautionary tale. ..."Windfall" opens Friday in New York City and will be available through Video On Demand. Details of screenings can be found at WindfallTheMovie.com .
Lechliter alleges the university obtained permits for the turbine "based on backroom negotiations with DNREC and the City (Lewes) and its public misrepresentations that the wind turbine would cause no intrusive noise and not result in diminution of property values."
Saying the state allowed "irresponsible placement" of industrial wind turbines in the Glenmore area, the Brown County Human Services Committee has approved a measure to ask the state to pay emergency aid to families living near the Shirley Wind Farm.
He said the noise from the 66-megawatt farm, which is yet to operate at capacity after extensive testing since it was opened last October, has left him a mental wreck, unable to sleep because of the "thudding" noise and liable to burst into tears for no reason. Noise testing at the site is not due to start until next month.
The situation regarding Industrial Wind Turbines (IWT) has become untenable. The proliferation of wind turbines across rural Ontario has seriously polarized our rural communities. Residents not engaged in turbine developments have been pitted against neighbours, over concerns with health impacts and quality of life issues. IWT development currently preoccupies the rural agenda.
The Schatz Center's professors simply overlooked these issues in their op-ed article. They painted a positive green picture for the county to see, leaving out the perils and sacrifices Ferndale must now consider. Apparently, in their exuberant interest in Shell Wind, the Schatz energy practitioners think that industrializing the gateway to the priceless Lost Coast is acceptable -- at any cost.
Rand's testimony shows that, when it comes to wind turbines, what you can't hear can hurt you. It puts the spotlight on whether governments and the wind industry are hiding behind the reality that you won't find what you don't look for. It is difficult to reconcile Rand's experience with confidential briefings reportedly given by NSW Health to politicians who claim health impacts from wind turbines are "not scientifically valid".
"It's a one-sided report," said Virginia Irvine of Brimfield, a town where a proposed wind farm caused great controversy. Neil Andersen lives near a wind turbine in Falmouth and says he is upset with the findings. "I got to the first page saying that my problems, my health problems, don't exist."
The Link's Lynn Desjardins examines noise of turbines and the impact on nearby residences.
Escalating concerns about industrial wind turbines have prompted the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) to urge the province of Ontario to suspend further development until farm families and rural residents are assured that their interests are adequately protected.
Facing criticism for a report from the Department of Public Health and Department of Environmental Protection on the health effects of wind turbines, Gov. Deval L. Patrick on Thursday defended his agencies for inviting expert and public opinions and said he respected the study's findings.
Draft planning guidelines for wind farms in NSW could make approval processes more complex and time-consuming, set possibly the world's strictest noise standards, and limit opportunities for placing wind turbines within 2km of a residence.
What a wonderful world it would be if Fairhaven's "town counsel" felt an obligation to recognize and defend the rights of ordinary citizens to protect themselves from dangerous decisions emanating from Town Hall. I suppose that could or would happen if the turbines were to be located in the Fort Phoenix area. Instead, they are intended for the same general neighborhood already plagued by the nauseating scent of the sewage treatment plant.
Wind developer WPD Canada and a farm that signed a lease to host wind turbines are now both being sued. The claim seeks an injunction and $2 million in damages related to the proposed Fairview Wind Farm in Stayner.
In the report, the authors said limited evidence showed that a "very loud wind turbine could cause disrupted sleep, particularly in vulnerable populations, at a certain distance, while a very quiet wind turbine would not likely disrupt even the lightest of sleepers at that same distance.'' They added: "But there is not enough evidence to provide particular sound-pressure thresholds at which wind turbines cause sleep disruption.''