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Those emails take you inside Gov. Deval Patrick's spin machine and illustrate the administration's desperate scramble to make Cape Wind the nation's first offshore wind farm. The missives ...emerge as the Patrick administration and Obama officials come under fire for putting their eco-agenda first over public safety concerns.
"It appears that an investigation is warranted in the case of Cape Wind to determine if the FAA acted inappropriately due to political pressure from the administration. Such an investigation would be conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and/or the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure."
Ms. Isherwood suggested shutting the turbines down from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. She said a representative from the DEP has been to her house and will be returning to conduct tests. Ms. Isherwood said the DEP representative agreed the noise is "louder in her house than outside."
Falmouth would ban wind turbines that produce more than 200 kilowatts of electricity - less than a quarter of what the two town-owned turbines each produce now - under a proposed bylaw up for public discussion at the planning board tonight.
Isherwood said she held the selectmen responsible for the sleep deprivation and headaches she said she and her two daughters have been suffering because "as far back as 2008 there were people in this town telling you the turbines could be a detriment to our health and they were scoffed and the plan moved forward.
In a letter to acting Federal Aviation Administration head Michael Huerta, Parker said bombshell internal emails the group obtained through a public-records request "make clear that FAA has made decisions based on political factors rather than the recommendations of the pilots, who use this airspace every day."
Federal Aviation Administration employees felt political pressure to approve a wind farm planned off Cape Cod and did so amid internal disagreement over the best way to stop the turbines from interfering with radar and compromising airplane safety, according to FAA documents obtained by the project's opponents.
Windwise fears that the two bills, in combination, would allow the state to easily put turbines on state land without the approval of neighboring local governments. ...Straus said if it came to a vote of the wind siting standards bill, he would vote against it, saying "for me the local participation in decision making is critical, and this bill wouldn't allow for that."
The Reillys say they can hear the sound or vibrations from the turbines in town even in a basement room, where they thought they would be insulated from the noise. They would like the turbine to be shut down at night. While the Reillys aren't experiencing other symptoms, they've been warned that other symptoms can develop over time.
We live in a world where agency approval is deemed the gold standard. ...If the agency is rushing to the business interests of its lobbying friends, and avoiding its mission of providing the safest product to the public, then what value, if any, does the approval of the agency mean to consumer safety?
Taxpayers will have to come up with nearly $650,000 annually to pay for wind turbine-related expenses if the spinning blades of the town-owned Wind 1 and Wind 2 are brought to a screeching halt. That was the determination Tuesday of a panel trying to lift Falmouth from its wind turbine quagmire.
Director of Planning and Economic Development Bill Roth said the board is in the "research stage of the process," and is considering a reduction in the allowed height of wind turbines as well as an increase in the minimum distance turbines can be from residents.
Fairhaven Wind developer Sumul Shah, under orders from the health board to address concerns of turbine opponents, is weighing options that include cutting operating hours and paying to insulate and air-condition nearby homes. "Everything is on the table," said Shah. "We want to make this situation work."
Ms. Fowle said the complaints are coming from a wide range or "bigger circle" within a radius of the turbines. She said they basically form a circle that includes Day Street, Jameson, Teal Circle, John Street, Timothy Street, Mill Road, Weeden Road and Shawmut Street. She said there were a few separate complaints from Mill Road.
The bylaw change limits wind projects greater than 10 kilowatts to general industrial and limited industrial zones, according to Planning Director Donald Perry. He said the change doesn't allow for an exception through a variance.
However, the Federal Aviation Administration did not approve the utility's plans for five wind turbines and the future of the renewable energy project remains uncertain, said James Lavelle, manager of Holyoke Gas & Electric.
Many hoped that if the project were rejected by the ZBA on the basis of merit, a revision of the turbine plan could not be filed for at least two years. Although the town approved a commercial wind ban, opponents fear the project would still be viable if the state Attorney General doesn't ratify the town meeting vote within the next few months.
FAIRHAVEN - A Superior Court judge denied a motion by the town and wind turbines' attorneys to dismiss the lawsuit filed by residents of Fairhaven. Judge Thomas F. McGuire, Jr., issued the decision on May 14.
In years past, environmental and aesthetic concerns have topped the list of objections to the wind farm, but increasingly opponents are challenging the costs of the array. ...an NStar officer, in testimony to the DPU, had said the price suppression effect had already been taken into account in figures that showed $4 billion in excess costs to consumers stemming from operation of the wind farm.
Over the life of the 15-year contract, the additional cost of the project's power over other sources of energy will equal almost $4 billion. They argued that businesses which use far more power than residential customers will pay exponentially more and pass those costs along to consumers.