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“Despite working tirelessly with local officials and the wind company to request a reasonable setback of wind turbines from our property, our only recourse now is litigation,” said Terra Walker, a plaintiff and property owner in Okarche, Okla. “There are real health concerns when turbines are placed too close to homes. This is about requiring safe setbacks to protect the health and safety of our families.”
Sixty residents from Orangeville and Attica have filed lawsuits claiming that the Stony Creek Wind Farm is ruining their quality of life, destroyed property values, and is affecting their health because of noise and vibration.
Talerman’s draft order calls for “a modification at the very least if not an outright shutdown” of turbine operations from midnight to 4 a.m. when the wind is traveling from the south or southwest at eight meters per second or more at the turbine hub. ...The board voted 4-1 in favor of adopting the abatement order, which was served to KWI Tuesday.
News that noise coming from the wind turbines in the Hoosac Wind project exceeded state standards has some of the project’s neighbors calling for action, and others shrugging their shoulders.
The mitigation plan calls for the turbine blades to be shut down in certain wind conditions. But Select Board Chairman Robert Espindola added, "It's not clear to me whether the mitigation is the only reason they're (complaints) are trailing off or frustration." He said some people who've complained in the past told him they've just given up.
Studies done earlier this year show noise levels coming from wind turbines at the Hoosac Wind Project in northwestern Massachusetts were out of compliance with state regulations. People living in the area have complained of adverse health impacts since the turbines began spinning in 2012.
“They say the sound isn’t a problem, but we have what sounds like the sound of a jet going over — that doesn’t stop — at our home every night,” said Phoebe Sanborn of North Groton Road, whose home is within a few hundred feet of five of the plant’s 24 turbine towers.
“Our organization has some serious concerns about what it would do to our community, what it does to our environment, what it does to our lifestyle, and our rural heritage...we don't believe that wind farms belong where there is a healthy growing community,” said Winnie Peterson, the president of WE-CARE (Wind Energy Concerns About Rural Environment) South Dakota.
A brochure has been sent to residents of Lucerne Valley and parts of rural Apple Valley looking to gain support against two planned wind farms.
Are they [wind turbines] a national model for community-based, renewable energy development? Or are the towers on Vinalhaven an emblem of wind energy’s shortcomings? Is this a cautionary tale of how turbine noise from a project built too close to homes continues to tear apart a community’s tranquility?
Big Wind still won’t listen and is in denial about the winds of change in these five New Hampshire towns and the surrounding region. Be prepared! Hundreds of people feel the need to express their outrage in person because the wind industry won’t listen.
The turbine’s sound levels exceeded the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) noise threshold of 10 decibels over background during sampling March 2 and 15 at the 13 Schofield Road monitoring site, according to the interim report released Tuesday by DEP to the Kingston Board of Health and a list of other interested parties.
“No matter which way you look, you see them,” Dave Stunkel said, looking out his window. “And no matter which way the wind blows, I get the noise.” ... at times, he said, “it’s just unbearable — like three or four jets going over at the same time.” In the winter, they said, the pitch changes, climbs higher; less a whoosh than a whine.
A provision of the bill concerns wind power — currently Ohio’s largest source of renewable energy — and, more specifically, the “setback” distance between new turbines and adjacent private property. Prior to the law, a minimum 1,125-foot setback was required between new turbines and the nearest habitable structure. The provision in question moves the start of that setback from the nearest habitable structure to the nearest property line.
The wind companies have talked to people in McBain and I believe they know there are problems with noise and with health. Why don't they take action? Why didn’t they tell us about the health problems before we signed leases?
A Lowell couple has agreed to no longer publicly criticize Green Mountain Power’s wind farm in the Northeast Kingdom as part of a settlement they reached this year with the utility over a property line dispute.
Don and Shirley Nelson of Lowell today released a copy of the Settlement Stipulation entered into between the Nelsons and Green Mountain Power Corporation in April. The agreement resolves the GMP-Nelson litigation, which includes two payments, one of $50,000 and one of $1.25 million.
Blaming turbine neighbors for their illnesses is not the sole province of the greedy, insensitive, and mean-spirited. It’s state policy. Here’s how Vermont Department of Health official William Irwin explained the Department’s view to a legislative committee: The fact that they (the neighbors) can hear it (the turbines) annoys them and it has a different sound so it will be discernable above all the others and that's like the dripping faucet… It's their attitude about the sound… if you can change that, it may help.
Now, a proposed wind turbine project atop Turkey Heaven Mountain may alter those views, adding spinning blades atop large towers that turn wind into electricity. ...The proposal has drawn heated opposition from some residents at public meetings, and left at least one family split on the issue.
Despite the platitudes of its corporate and government backers, industrial wind has not reduced Vermont's carbon emissions. Its intermittent nature makes it dependent on gas-fired power plants that inefficiently ramp up and down with the vicissitudes of the wind. Worse, it has been exposed as a Renewable Energy Credit shell game that disguises and enables the burning of fossil fuels elsewhere.