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The Abbott government will appoint a “windfarm commissioner” to handle complaints about turbine noise and a new scientific committee to investigate, again, their alleged impacts on human health, in a late-night deal with anti-wind senators over amendments to renewable energy legislation. Leaked letter can be accessed by selecting the links on this page.
The new law has been in effect since November 2014, The law established a a minimum distance of ten times turbine height to the nearest resudence. So a 200-meter high wind turbine must be 2000 meters from the nearest residential house.
Kent County’s Commissioners are unanimous in their opposition to Apex Clean Energy’s plan to build 25 to 35 turbines — some as tall as 500 feet — on farmland in the center of the county, and the District 36 delegation also has joined the fray.
"Wind in Brown County does not produce much electricity, it produces a lot of production tax credit and none of that ... stays in the county," Dr. Paul Burns, who owns land in May, said in his speech at the luncheon.
The scientist who set up the Sydney University Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory says the growing body of evidence points to the low-frequency infrasound they create directly affecting the human nervous system. ... “This is going to be an important energy source and if we’re building tons of these things in the wrong places or building them in the wrong way then we’ve got big trouble.”
The closing days of this legislative session saw several senators try to give town and regional commissions a stronger voice in land use decisions by introducing an amendment to H.40, a new bill focused on energy policy. The goal of the amendment was to replace the tepid requirement that the board give “due consideration” to town and regional plans with a requirement for “substantial deference.” ...both Sens who represent Windham, Grafton and Townshend — the towns now facing a proposal to install up to 30 industrial wind turbines on their shared ridgelines — voted to deny their constituents even this modest statutory standing.
The hills above Kahuku have proven to be a prime place to harness power from the wind. One wind farm has already been planted and another could go up soon. It’s a plan that have some residents concerned.
An ancient, sacred Mohave Indian tribal site has been destroyed as a result of the Obama administration's push for solar development on public land. The facility at issue is the Genesis Solar Energy Project plant at Blythe, Calif., which sits in part on the site.
The opening story in this NPR report discusses some of the history and future of the Falmouth MA wind turbine. Click the link on this page to listen to the show.
This means a tense and possibly bloody situation is emerging and the people of Álvaro Obregón will need support in their struggle for autonomy against the invasion of wind turbines, political parties and the state police and military. ...Such “green” construction, it turns out, isn’t much different from many other large-scale industrial projects that altered or destroy the natural environment and the people who stand in the way of these kinds of developments.
“It hurts us that our land is affected, and the environmental impacts are not even measured. Wind farm projects affect streams and hurt the flora,” said Zapotec Indian Isabel Jiménez, who is taking part in the struggle against the installation of a wind park in southern Mexico.
Health concerns and aesthetics were among the concerns raised Tuesday at a public hearing on the town of Burke’s plans to craft a local law governing the placement of wind turbines in the town.
The Somerset Town Board recently sent a survey to residents regarding whether or not Apex, a multi-billion-dollar, out-of-state limited liability corporation, should be allowed to build a sprawling, 570-foot-tall industrial wind factory amongst the homes of those living in Somerset and Yates.
Fears over adverse health impacts caused by wind farms are being heavily scrutinised during a parliamentary inquiry into the controversial renewable energy source. The Senate select committee inquiry into the regulatory governance and economic impact of wind turbines, established last November, is due to report by August 3.
“The problem is that, in spite of the fact that you say they are the most stringent rules and regulations, people are still claiming to have health effects and annoyance and sleep deprivation. What we are trying to establish here is: what needs to be done to remedy this situation so that people - the general public; the people who are suffering - have a greater sense that they are being listened to and that there are stringent guidelines in place for the development of wind farms.”
“This decision will leave people like my clients, who face massive wind development projects across this province, in an impossible position. The Health Canada Study has already shown an association between the turbines and serious health effects. My clients and other families in rural Ontario will now have to suffer these adverse health effects before they can seek any relief."
Dr Alun Evans of Queen’s University Belfast writes that a review of 18 wind turbine health studies concluded that all showed good evidence of causing human distress. Irish planning guidelines for wind energy development are based on the UK’s which are nearly two decades old and relate to the small turbines of that era. Today’s wind turbines are massive and noisier so a 500 metre setback from dwellings is woefully inadequate.
Two international studies have linked sleep disturbance and health effects of wind-farm workers to low-frequency noise and infrasound from wind turbines. A study of 45 people in three groups by Tehran University researchers said: “Despite all the good benefits of wind turbines ... this technology has health risks for all those exposed to its sound.”
“Infrasound is so energetic it can travel through buildings it can travel at least 10km,” says Giorno. Some symptoms include “dizziness, nausea, ringing in the ears, general feeling of unease, and also problems with sleep and sleep disturbance.” Giorno says an example of an infrasound air wave is at the movie theater when a sound like an explosion can be felt on the body.
"I am usually the last person to support the creation of additional government bureaucracy but when we are directing around $22 billion towards the Renewable Energy Target (RET), the creation of a regulator would be a drop in the bucket," Senator Leyonhjelm says. "Those who justify action on climate change because of the precautionary principle will understand the need to apply the same principle to infrasound."