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Carr advises Hammond to increase tower setbacks

A Cornell University engineering professor urged the Hammond Wind Advisory Committee to increase the setbacks in its wind energy law to two and a half times the height of a tower. Dr. Paul G. Carr, one of the retired founders of the engineering firm Bernier and Carr, urged the panel to consider the safety of area residents.
10 Jun 2010

Another health problem caused by turbines

Several months ago, a neighbor and I drove through the industrial wind complex in Lewis County. While doing so, I experienced a severe case of vertigo and my passenger became nauseous. This definitely caused me concern as the only other time this had happened was when I had driven through another turbine complex in the Southwest.
26 May 2010

Expert warns of turbines' effect on 'soundscape'

A sound expert told the Wind Advisory Committee that Hammond's "rural soundscape" will be changed with the construction of wind turbines and that it would be foolish to take any wind developer's sound level plan as gospel. ...Mr. Schneider described Hammond's evenings as calm, quiet times during which the noise from turbines would not be masked.
26 May 2010

Wind power salesmen mislead on noise levels

Three professional acoustical engineers have been hired, one by Acciona, one by the town and one by Wind Power Ethics Group. The likely sound increases discussed has been 42 from Acciona, 25 to 33 from the town's hired expert, and 30 by WPEG. ...Suddenly BP and Acciona need 50 decibels. Period. No ambient, no nothing.
19 May 2010

Public comments aired at wind project hearing

Arthur Giacalone, an attorney from East Aurora ...said there was inadequate time to review the project's draft environmental impact statement, and he urged residents to approach the DEIS with "healthy skepticism" as it contained what he called slanted information. "If you take the time to closely examine it, there is example after example of where this is happening," Giacalone said.
13 May 2010

Panel reviews effects of wind

Members of the Orleans wind economics committee voiced a range of views on what the effects of a wind farm would be on property values in the town. Members of the committee, which met Wednesday night, are working on a report that will outline the economic effects for the school districts, participants and town and the effect of turbines in the viewshed on property values.
6 May 2010

Project to cost $1.5B

The ex-Kingstonians planning to erect 60 to 90 wind turbines west of Wolfe Island in the waters of Lake Ontario have pegged the price of the project at $1.5 billion. ...If approvals from various provincial and federal departments go according to schedule, the company will order the turbines two years from now and install the foundations a year later.
28 Apr 2010

Hounsfield fights turbine complaint

The town of Hounsfield Planning Board has asked a judge to dismiss the adjacent town of Henderson's Article 78 petition over the siting of wind turbines on Galloo Island, claiming the action is "frivolous" and Henderson's complaints came too late in the project's review process.
14 Apr 2010

Buffalo must investigate wind turbine syndrome

As Buffalo considers the "benefits" of erecting wind turbines within city limits, it must openly and objectively assess the negative consequences. The presence of 400-foot-tall towers will impact community character and scenic vistas. The noise created by wind turbines will be a nuisance. Most troubling, however, is the growing body of medical research establishing that infrasound produced by wind turbines ...adversely affects human health.
13 Apr 2010

Wind-farm forum brings large turnout

"We have lost the still of the night, and my hope and prayer for you is that you never have to live with the nightmare we have in Cohocton." Those were the words of Hal Graham concerning a Cohocton wind-turbine farm, as he spoke Wednesday evening at a public forum in Allegany. ...The two-hour event was attended by as many as 150 people, as well as some town officials
8 Apr 2010

Neighbors raise warning flags

He said before construction of the turbine on his property, First Wind company officials said he and his wife would notice no more than the hum of a refrigerator. "Every time­­­ we asked questions about the noise, we were told not to worry," he said. Now, he says, the machine "sounds like a jet engine in your back yard that will never take off." He said the noise has been measured at over 100 decibels (about the same as a power lawnmower at 3 ft.).
6 Apr 2010

Angry anglers oppose NYPA GLOW Project

On Earth Day 2009, New York Power Authority (NYPA) President Richie Kessel unveiled plans to industrialize Lake Ontario and Lake Erie with near shore wind turbines clustered in 120MW to 500MW arrays in waters 150 feet deep, or less. Some arrays would consist of 500 turbines towering 450'from the lake levels. NYPAs proposal was unveiled without input from the shoreline communities or businesses that will be the victims. Currently, Jefferson, Oswego, Cayuga and Wayne Counties are working towards unilateral opposition to this NYPA project in Lake Ontario.
13 Mar 2010

Legislators blow off wind project proposal

The Oswego County Legislature passed a resolution Thursday that opposed the New York Power Authority's (NYPA) proposal to seek contractors to develop a Lake Ontario-based wind farm to be located near the shores of Oswego County. The resolution passed after numerous residents from Oswego County and surrounding communities spent nearly two hours addressing the Legislature, voicing their concerns with the project and, in other cases, their support of the wind farm.
12 Mar 2010

Barclay: Too many questions remain to allow wind mills on Lake Ontario

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I-Pulaski) said today too many questions remain unanswered for windmills to be allowed to be built along the Lake Ontario shoreline. The New York Power Authority announced in December 2009 it is accepting requests for proposals (RFPs) from prospective wind mill companies to construct wind turbines along Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The period for proposals to be accepted will come to a close in March.
8 Mar 2010

Tilting at windmills; A Finger Lakes family and their quiet village brace for the big wind

"They stole our peace with a smile on their faces," says Judy. Hal has been speaking out about the unexpected noise problems from the newly erected turbines for a year now. The sound has been described as that of a jet engine taking off, an expressway, or the constant drone of a tractor. The Grahams say that leaseholders in Cohocton were told the sound of the turbines was likened to that of a refrigerator running, but that's not what they hear.
1 Mar 2010
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