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Falmouth Selectmen support removing wind turbines

Reading from a prepared statement, Selectman David Braga said industrial-sized turbines don’t belong in residential neighborhoods. “We have an issue that has gone on for too long and it has divided our town. I want to be very positive and move forward to rectify this issue,” Braga said. “I think it’s time that we start building trust with the residents of Falmouth over this issue.”
30 Jan 2013

Health Board puts turbine survey on hold

Daniel H. Webb, owner of the Notus Clean Energy turbine, said that the town-owned turbines have not been running at night for eight months and questioned how the board will take that into account. "I think Dan has a valid point that ideally we would have done this last year," said Dr. Goldstone, when the town turbines were running 24 hours a day. Unlike the town-owned turbines that have been turned off from 7 PM to 7 AM since May.
29 Jan 2013

Court takes a tilt at Falmouth windmills

In the suit, six plaintiffs - all Falmouth residents who live near two turbines at the wastewater treatment facility on Blacksmith Shop Road - are challenging a 2011 ruling by the town's zoning board of appeals that affirmed Building Commissioner Eladio Gore's approval of the first turbine to be erected.
29 Jan 2013

Take the Turbines Down

Nearly one hundred Falmouth residents attended a Board of Selectmen meeting last night to peacefully protest and speak out against the ongoing operation of three identical industrial wind turbines in the Falmouth Industrial Park. Duration: 33 seconds
26 Jan 2013

Blaming the victims of Big Wind

Just as we blame the poor for their poverty, we seem compelled to blame the victims of Big Wind for their own illness. Apostles of the wind industry, like Dr. Dora Mills, Dr. Robert McCunney and Australia's Professor Simon Chapman, are only too happy to furnish the tacit explanations needed to justify blaming these victims for their own plight. These typically include psychosomatic causes, hypochondria, delusions, and other forms of mental illness.
24 Jan 2013

Falmouth Residents: Take the Turbines Down

Prior to the meeting, dozens of residents held a candle light vigil and prayed that the selectmen would not only hear their voices, but also take immediate action to stop what they described as a nuisance and danger to their health. Nearly 50 residents voiced their opinion during the public comment session, with almost every comment opposing the future operation of the turbines.
24 Jan 2013

Scituate Wind: Turbine blades will still turn

"The court is not in a position to determine how often serious shadow effects occur at the plaintiffs' residence. The court is unable at present to determine the extent of the noise problem," Hely wrote in his decision. "At this stage of the case, the plaintiffs have not shown a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of their claim that the wind turbine is a public health nuisance that must be shut down. That issue is an open issue now pending before the board of health."
17 Jan 2013

New data send turbine options group back to work

The postponement came in the wake of Tuesday's meeting, at which panel members were told that figures used to calculate the financial benefits of leaving the turbines running without curtailment were based on faulty methodology. New studies found that Wind 1 generates more power than previous tests have shown, according to Tony Rogers of DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, an expert employed to study the turbine's power generation.
15 Jan 2013

The expulsion of a communityʼs people; The writing of Falmouth history

Only so many words can describe the harm inflicted by Falmouth's wind power plants. In a few words, the problem remains a matter, not of town fiscal debt or global warming, but rather of only basic acceptable health and living conditions for your neighbors. The history of every place is normally more complicated than what we are lead to believe. Falmouth has the opportunity to keep it simple - value the resident more. Great moments, in the writing of Falmouth's history, are born from great opportunity.
13 Jan 2013

The roar over wind turbines

Further research is needed to figure out safe distances for wind turbines, said Michael Nissenbaum, a radiologist at the Northern Maine Medical Center who conducted a study of residents living near wind turbines in Mars Hill, Maine. His study found that noise from the turbines disrupted the sleep and impaired the mental health of residents living within 1.4 kilometers of the machines and had "the potential to harm human health."
6 Jan 2013
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