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Turbine questions loom in Falmouth

The mitigation report, which selectmen received at the end of July, estimates the costs associated with studying several possible options to solve problems abutters say have been caused by Wind 1. Noise, low-frequency sound waves, and other effects from the turbines cause headaches, dizziness, and vertigo among other health problems, nearby residents have said.
15 Aug 2011

Bourne vote on turbine guidelines stalls

Under the proposed guidelines, noise and shadow flicker created by turbines would be regulated by the board of health, which would issue a permit once the regulations were deemed met. The board would deny a permit if the turbine is "likely to have an adverse effect upon public health," the regulations state.
23 Jun 2011

Wind turbine safety questioned

Pierpont didn't have the resources to do an epidemiological study, but she said a pattern emerged that showed similar risk factors among the people she interviewed who experienced severe symptoms associated with living near turbines. The symptoms include sleeplessness, headaches, tinnitus, and eye and ear pressure, she said.
16 Jun 2011

Residents, experts speak out about turbines

Hobart accused town officials of allowing “politics, money, and self-interest” to interfere with protecting the health and safety of Falmouth citizens, and said firms like Vestas “hide behind the big green picture.” More abutters came forward to tell the board about their experiences with the turbines. Opinion was strongly and universally against the machines as currently sited.
7 Jun 2011

Turbine plans power worries about sound

Residents attending initial hearings on both projects brought out concerns regarding the sights, sounds and quality of life in town center and beyond. The turbine planned for the northern edge of the Bay Path property abuts only the school and wooded hillside, while the Overlook's twin turbines will be within 1,000 feet of homes and about 2,000 feet from recreation facilities and an elementary school.
3 Apr 2011

The Falmouth Experience, Part 4: The Green Debate

Argo and members of a wind advocacy group called the Cape and Islands Wind Information Network were skeptical, and they went to talk to the neighbors. "Meeting with those people quite honestly blew our minds," Argo said. "We had expected that they would be kind of wacky. And we would be able to dismiss them. And none of us will dismiss their complaints now."
11 Mar 2011

The Falmouth Experience: Life under the blades

Neighbors say this isn't a debate about a turbine ruining their view, and their goal is not compensation. Some just want it turned off at night. But Anderson can't compromise. "This house has been my hobby, my investment, and we love it out here. We will move if we have to. Because we cannot live with (the turbine). No, we cannot," Anderson said.
7 Mar 2011

Bourne group withdraws turbine plan

On Tuesday, backers of the New Generation Wind project pulled their plans for seven turbines to be built in the area of a proposed Bournedale technology park, Bourne Board of Selectmen chairman John Ford Jr. said. Letters were sent Tuesday to the town's planning board and the Cape Cod Commission notifying the local panels of New Generation Wind's intention to withdraw its plans for the wind farm but to refile "shortly," O'Brien said.
2 Mar 2011
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