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In total, about 70 residents from at least a dozen towns, including groups from Fairhaven and Falmouth, attended the meeting to share their experiences and thoughts with state Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Public Health representatives. At the state's request, many also made recommendations for next steps.
The complainants allege that police officers prevented some people from entering a meeting because the room was full but say they have video showing empty seats. "I feel we have answered all of the accusations. The police chief interviewed the four officers and they all said it never happened," Silvia said.
ter two years and thousands of pages of public testimony, the Cape Cod Commission voted Thursday to deny without prejudice a four-turbine wind project proposed for Bournedale. ...The county regulatory board spent three hours Thursday discussing the project in front of a packed house.
The majority of the Wind Energy Research Panel is recommending the proposal be scuttled because it won't be a financial benefit to Lenox, but would raise health concerns and yield a negative environmental impact. The panel was assigned to evaluate a single or double municipal wind-turbine installation atop Lenox Mountain.
About 100 people, most of them from the Squantum neighborhood, turned out for the hearing Feb. 8 on the 397-foot structure proposed for the harbor island. The island officially lies in Quincy but Boston owns its land. The hearing was suspended about an hour into the session when City Councilor Brian McNamee said the City Hall meeting room was uncomfortably crowded.
But the utility - facing an early-April deadline to consummate the merger deal that was announced back in October 2010 - finally blinked and agreed to concessions that were signed this morning with the Patrick administration and Attorney General Martha Coakley's office.
Pieces of Fairhaven's two planned wind turbines began arriving in town today, the first in a series of pre-dawn deliveries that will continue over the next few weeks.
The departments will take public testimony into the perceived health impacts of turbines as considered in the state study, but it is anticipated that local opponents of the planned New Generation Wind turbines north of the canal in Bournedale and Buzzards Bay will attend the session.
The Patrick Administration can continue to ignore the green bubbles bursting around us, while it's in the public interest that they provide us with an honest accounting and some painful acknowledgments.
New Bedford fishermen voiced serious concerns about the impact of offshore wind turbines on fish stocks and navigation at a meeting Monday with federal officials from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. ..."We're very concerned about winter flounder spawning areas," said Ron Smolowitz of the Fisheries Survival Fund.
As Fairhaven looks toward two turbines to claim its stake in what some people consider clean energy's future, the present has become a divisive nightmare. While the debate rages in SouthCoast, two different Massachusetts towns show how differently wind power can affect the people and places that receive them. In one town, the turbines are a source of pioneering pride. The other? A bitter — and some say literal — pain.
There have been numerous procedural twists and turns in review of New Generation Wind plans to construct four turbines off Scenic Highway and Route 25, Buzzards Bay. Now there is another.
Until recently Duxbury was planning to build a wind turbine, too. But that plan came under attack by a group of residents who said they feared that living near a turbine would undermine their health, lower their property values, and alter the neighborhood's residential character. They hired an attorney, produced a report attacking the financial basis of the project, and won a vote from selectmen urging the committee not to seek funds for the project.
He argued that Austin doesn't have grounds to appeal the decision because she lives three-quarters of a mile away from the site and is not a direct abutter. ...But Austin said she speaks for 92 residents of Dennis and Yarmouth who signed a petition opposing the turbine, including a woman who lives only 1,600 feet away in Yarmouthport.
The town committee studying a potential municipal wind-turbine installation on Lenox Mountain is flashing some red lights about the project as it completes its final recommendation to the Selectmen.
Committee member Richard Jones said the committee had initially hoped the project would pay for itself within four to six years. But after readings of a meteorological tower perched atop Ball Hill for the past year yielded low wind speeds, those hopes were dashed. "You can't really raise your hand and justify a 15-year payback on a project of this type," he said.
Centerville attorney John Kenney, who represents the Aquaculture Research Corp. in Dennis, the plaintiff in the suit, said an Orleans District Court judge turned down Yarmouth's request for intervenor status. But the judge is allowing Yarmouth to file a brief in support of Rosemarie Austin of Dennis, who opposes the turbine and is a defendant in the case.
Panel member Joanne Magee, a project opponent, criticized the study, commissioned by the Department of Environmental Protection, because "it was chartered to address noise and sound concerns in an effort to advance the wind-energy agenda in the state, so it had a particular context that was going to shape the findings and the evidence that was presented."
"The finding that there is no association between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects on people living nearby flys [sic] in the faces of Falmouth's wind turbine neighbors who experience sleep deprivation, ear pressure, depression and tinnitus among other ailments," Mr. Donald wrote.
In December, approximately 160 people signed a letter challenging specific zoning actions for the town project, including the validity of the building permit. According to the official process, the building commissioner must respond to such a complaint before the matter can be appealed to the zoning board.