Articles filed under Noise from Massachusetts

Scituate Town Meeting: Voters narrowly reject article to shut down wind turbine

Thompson said that placing a 400-ft tall industrial wind turbine within 650 feet of a residence was "outrageous." "But that is exactly what has happened in the case of the McKeever family," he said. "And legislation allows wind developers and their engineering supporters to proceed with these developments using modeling that grossly understates the levels of noise and strobe light generated by these industrial wind turbines."
19 Apr 2013

Scituate selectman candidates talk wind turbine

Burbine, 64, a small-business owner, said the residents who live near the turbine, which is off the Driftway, need relief. ..."You can't help but feel empathy, and (I'm) so sad for those people that are dealing with all of this without any real recourse," Burbine said."If we've got to spend a little bit of money, risk-wise, to say, ‘OK, let's turn it off from 7 p.m. at least until first thing in the morning,' we might risk $100,000," Gilmore said. "What's $100,000 (if we're protecting residents)?"
12 Apr 2013

Fairhaven official apologizes for turbine 'suffering'

Murphy said he hopes to provide some relief for the 57 families who have filed complaints about the turbines at the wastewater treatment plant on Arsene Street, including the noise they generate. "I am sorry for all of your suffering and what you have been through," he said. "I realize that many of you tried to speak out and were denied a place on our agenda, and I thank you for your persistence."
10 Apr 2013

Falmouth Town Meeting voters refuse to fund removal of wind turbines

Although it passed by a simple majority, Article 22 failed to yield the 2/3 majority needed for a vote on borrowing money. Selectmen plan to present an amended warrant article when special Town Meeting resumes at 7 p.m. April 10 at the Lawrence School auditorium. ...While Town Meeting Member Marc Finneran said, "This pits money against people's welfare, and I always come down on the side of people's welfare."
10 Apr 2013

Falmouth To Vote On Removing Wind Turbines

State energy officials, with their goal of expanding wind energy in Massachusetts, are watching all of this closely, but have been careful to not step in to the Falmouth fray. Alicia Barton, head of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a quasi-public agency, would not say whether there were mistakes made in Falmouth, but she did say there were some lessons.
2 Apr 2013

Scituate says no to combining wind turbine studies

The neighbors, who say the turbine is hurting their health, announced earlier this week they would hire an acoustical engineer to test the noise levels of the turbine. They want their study to be performed on the same nights as the study conducted by Tech Environmental, the firm picked by the health board to study the turbine.
30 Mar 2013

Scituate: Advisory committee considers municipal wind turbine shut down proposal

"We are not sleeping. We are suffering the adverse effects of shadow flicker. One of the members of the board of health at the October meeting brought forth the issue that we suspend the operation of the industrial wind turbine during night time hours, until we can complete the study. ...we're imploring the town to suspend the operation," Kelly said.
29 Mar 2013

Mechanical error taints state turbine test

The Department of Environmental Protection has discarded sound data on Fairhaven's turbines obtained one night during October when one turbine was experiencing a technological error. DEP spokesman Edmund Coletta said the error caused the turbines to spin without producing power and was caught when a DEP technician was reviewing data after the test.
1 Mar 2013

Thanks to turbines, she can't sleep, resident says

Linda Kellish always thought wind energy was a good idea, but living close to two industrial-sized turbines has changed her feelings. For one thing, she says, the town's wind turbines have made it impossible to sleep. ...She said getting no response from town officials to her complaint has left her with a helpless feeling of not knowing where to turn.
21 Feb 2013
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