We are the Therriens of Sheffield. Many already know our story. Yes, we live near the interstate. The interstate is quiet at night unlike the wind turbines that make noise 24/7 more often than not. The interstate does not make a repetitive noise that wakes you then keeps you awake, night after night.
From proposal to construction we did not oppose the Wind Project. Not until the project began operating, only when we experienced the noise firsthand, did we begin to understand and wonder just what we were facing. About six months in we realized the project is impacting us. We started connecting the sounds with how we feel. Hardly believed it was true until we started reading up on wind turbine syndrome. The same symptoms are echoed world wide!
Facts about wind turbine noise and health have been known a long time and totally ignored by our government. Our elected people in charge of protecting the public have chosen to blindly believe big wind developers while turning a deaf ear to towns and residents impacted by industrial power plants.
Health studies should have been done before big wind turbines were put close to people. Instead we get literature reviews done by people with financial ties to the wind industry who claim there are no "direct" health effects. Also it has been spread far and wide that anyone opposing clean green energy (laugh) is a NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) or that people are only seeking financial gain by falsely claiming to being negatively impacted. Positive outcome studies are funded by Industrial Wind and they hand pick their experts.
The non-positive studies are done by honest hard working individuals facing public persecution and possibly the loss of their jobs if they go public with their negative findings. Just ask Dr. Henrik Møller of Denmark, a highly respected academic noise researcher fired after exposing the Danish government's role in covering up health risks caused by wind turbine noise pollution. Kind of says a lot right there doesn't it?
Problems have arisen, yet they are still largely ignored because no one knows how to solve any problems pertaining to industrial wind power plants.
The Public Service Board held workshops to try and hear both sides of the story. You would be led to believe that both sides would be given equal time to be heard. No, not true. We will never participate in another unless it is to protest. It is that much of an insult.
Three years into this nightmare and we are no closer to a resolution than we were on day one. We asked First Wind to buy us out for $150,000. This prompted a meeting where we were told of a possible option to buy our house and only two of our 50 acres for $45,000, but it was not an official offer. We expected to be low-balled but not to this extreme. and they wanted us to sign a nondisclosure for this pittance!
Wind developers are well schooled in the art of approaching a town, promising that the project will cause no harm — while quietly buying/paying off select home/land owners
It is long past time for First Wind to buy us out so we can protect our children. $150,000 and no gag order and we will move on with our lives.
Luann Therrien lives in Sheffield.