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Rand said that the sound level for the proposed turbines should be measured using the Lmax metric, which measures the the maximum level of a noise source, because of the language in the township’s zoning ordinance, which reads as follows: The audible sound from the wind turbine(s) shall not exceed 45 A weighted decibels, as measured at the exterior of an occupied dwelling on another lot, unless a written waiver is provided by the owner of such building.
PENN FOREST TWP., Pa. - Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, Zoning Hearing Board was told Thursday evening by a retired medical doctor the wind turbine project proposed by Iberdrole Renewable would adversely affect the health of those who live near the proposed project.
In 2015, more than 60 governmental entities in 22 states moved to reject or restrict wind-energy developments with a total capacity of some 3,100 megawatts. During the first six months of 2016, more than 40 governmental entities in 18 states have rejected or moved to restrict the installation of wind energy facilities having a total capacity of more than 2,400 megawatts.
For Tammy McKenzie and her husband, life has not been the same since a farm of wind turbines went up near their home in Somerset County. ..."We're in a lose-lose situation. No person sitting here tonight should have to lose the comfort of their house as I have lost the comfort of my house," McKenzie testified to the board and crowd of more than 300 people.
“I’m worried about the windmills changing the township forever,” Palubinsky said. “The wildlife, the reptile life, the snakes, the birds, everything will be affected. “The view will be awful — blinking red lights, turbines spinning all night long … Things will just change forever. We won’t have the beautiful scenery that we’ve had forever. It will turn into an industrial-type area rather than a natural, beautiful area.”
Low-frequency sounds can be detected in houses as far as a mile from wind turbines, an expert said. Rick James, an acoustic engineer, said infrasounds are in homes located near the Twin Ridges Wind Farm.
Tammy McKenzie said since the blades on the turbines begun turning on Christmas Eve 2012, they knew there was a problem. ...For two years they have been looking for a solution to the problem. Tammy McKenzie said they don’t want to try to sell their home because of the fear of having another family affected by the sound. “We have lost the value of our home,” she said. “We are on our own because there is no help for us.”
Tammy and Joe McKenzie believe they live in the “dark, deep depths of hell” beneath the shadow flicker, high- and low-frequency sounds emitting from wind turbines that are part of the EverPower Twin Ridges Wind Farm. The wind farm is located on the Big Savage Ridge area near the Maryland-Pennsylvania border.
Remember that they will be taking off many feet from the top of the mountains to level the ground in order to build. These mountains will never, ever be the same for thousands of years to come, for what purpose? A 25-year wind development (that benefits E.ON and Volkswind) and a possible income of unknown amount to the community. This is not a positive effect or win for surrounding communities.
Laura Jackson, president of another turbine opposition group Save Our Allegheny Ridges, spoke about what she has learned about wind turbines and the impact they will have on the watershed and health of those living in the area. She said the two companies that have plans to build wind turbines are Volkswind and E.ON.
The sharply peaked ridgelines of Jacks and Stone are far too narrow for the towers. Not mentioned in the Daily News article is that the construction of the towers and access roads will require removal of a significant portion of the mountain top, perhaps as much as 100 feet (or more) of elevation in some places. That is not a typo - imagine our ridges with 100 feet blasted off the top: environmental destruction on a huge scale.
Laura Jackson, president of Save Our Allegheny Ridges, said Tuesday that a test tower is up in Granville Township collecting data for one of the companies. She said it usually takes a number of years to collect the data. Jackson said these companies didn't think they would run into much community resistance, but that appears to be changing.
Pennsylvania could become the site of an additional 60,000 Marcellus natural gas wells and 2,900 wind turbines by 2030 — developments that may cause significant environmental impacts — according to The Nature Conservancy.
Bozek's attorney, Gary Altman, suggested that commissioners not only reject the amendment, but that they revert to allowing wind turbines as special exceptions, not permitted uses. Special exceptions are granted or rejected only after public hearings.
It is actually difficult to put wind turbines on land where they don't interfere with bird flyways, said Phil Wallis, executive director of the Pennsylvania Audubon Society. The steady winds needed to make wind energy economically viable are the same that birds use ...the official position of Audubon to support wind energy -- just not this project, because it is not "sited" properly.
The lawsuit between a Blair County couple and a company that operates Allegheny Ridge Wind Farm has been settled. ...Everyone involved in the case has agreed to the confidentiality clause, Tupi said.
"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.
Activists who are challenging the noise standards used to approve large wind power projects in Maine argued their case Wednesday before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and heard sympathetic remarks from justices who questioned whether the current rules are adequate to protect nearby residents. At issue is a new state law aimed at speeding up wind energy development.
Another wind farm is planned for Schuylkill County. The proposal will come up Wednesday night at a zoning meeting at the North Schuylkill High School. There is opposition from people who live near the proposed site for the giant windmills. Even from a few miles away wind farms are hard to miss. They're usually located on mountaintops.
David Yoder's been farming for more than a third of a century. He's at least the fourth generation of his family who have lived and worked on the land on Cowpath Road near the border of Franconia and Salford townships that has been farmed "forever," Yoder said. Adding a 140-foot cellular tower and a power-generating wind turbine with a blade that reaches to a height of 163 feet will give the farm reduced electric bills and rental income from the cell tower and is similar to adding animals, crops or farm buildings, he said.