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    posted:  March 19, 2016
    Alberta, Hearings, Law, NoisePrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Alberta Utilities Commission

    Mainstream Renewable in violation of noise levels, seeks waiver — request for submissions regarding application

    The Alberta Utilities Commission, the independent utilities regulator, will be considering the Oldman 2 wind farm post-construction sound survey at six locations in fulfillment of terms and conditions in Approval U2013-260. [Power Plant Approval U2013-260, Proceeding 2572, Application 1609509, May 15, 2013.]

    At one of the six locations evaluated for noise levels near the Oldman 2 wind power plant, as required for compliance with Approval U2013-260, receptor C is in excess of the permissible sound levels.

    The operator of the wind farm, Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd., is requesting, on behalf of Oldman 2 Wind Farm Limited, a waiver to exempt the Oldman 2 wind power plant from having to comply with the permissible sound levels at receptor C.

    If you feel you may be affected by this application or if you would like to provide input in this proceeding, you can file a submission with the AUC to review before it makes its decision.

    Written submissions are due April 7, 2016.

    Additional information about the application

    For full application details visit the AUC website, log on to the eFiling System, enter the proceeding number [21191] and select go.

    To learn more about the application process contact Jack Davis at 403-592-4467 or email your questions to jack.davis@auc.ab.ca.

    The application and any associated documents being reviewed are publicly available on our website.

    For further details about the application, please contact the applicant:

    Mainstream Renewable Power
    Alan McCarthy
    Phone: 011-353-87-137-3360
    Email: alan.mccarthy@mainstreamrp.com

    Mainstream Renewable Power
    Inês Ribeiro Canella
    Phone: 403-919-9526
    Email: ines.ribeiro@mainstreamrp.com

    Submissions

    To register your concerns, or your support for the proposed project, please visit the AUC website and log in to the eFiling System to file your submission for Proceeding 21191. If you do not have access to the Internet, please contact us at 780-427-4903 for other options for submitting your concerns and participating in this proceeding. If no written submissions are received, the Commission may make its decision without further notice or process.

    Those who do not have access to the Internet can send a submission by mail or fax, and the AUC will upload the submission on your behalf. Please send your name, address, phone number, legal land location, description of your land in relation to the proposed development and describe your interest in the land, your business, or your activities which may be affected. Please briefly describe the issues you would like the AUC to consider when making its decision.

    Privacy

    To support an open and transparent process, information you send to the AUC will be publicly available through the AUC’s eFiling System. If there is confidential information you would like to file, a request must be made in advance of filing your submission.

    Issued on March 15, 2016.

    Alberta Utilities Commission
    Douglas A. Larder, QC, General Counsel

    Proceeding 21191
    Application 21191-A001

    Download original document: “Application to review the post-construction sound survey for the Oldman 2 wind power plant in the Pincher Creek area”

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    posted:  March 9, 2016
    Announcements, Economics, Environment, Law, Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland

    Call for Evidence: Countryside and Renewable Energy Development

    The Department of the Environment has launched ‘Calls for Evidence’ to help inform the scope of forthcoming reviews of strategic planning policy for Development in the Countryside and strategic planning policy for Renewable Energy development.

    It is anticipated that the evidence received will improve the Department’s understanding of the operation and impact of the existing policy approaches as set out in the Strategic Planning Policy Statement and provide up-to-date evidence on the social, environmental and economic impacts of both strategic policy areas.

    Depending, in part, upon the evidence received following the ‘Calls for Evidence’, the scope of the forthcoming reviews will be refined to focus on the key matters that need to be addressed. The subsequent reviews will be the subject of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

    The summary papers detailing the scope and purpose of the ‘Calls for Evidence’ are available to view or download below.

    Call For Evidence for Strategic Planning Policy – ‘Development in the Countryside’

    Responses to the Call for Evidence for Strategic Planning Policy ‘Development in the Countryside’ should be e-mailed to the Department no later than 6th May 2016 at the following address:

    sppsteam@doeni.gov.uk
    Type ‘COUNTRYSIDE’ in the subject bar.

    Call For Evidence for Strategic Planning Policy – ‘Renewable Energy’

    Responses to the Call for Evidence for Strategic Planning Policy ‘Renewable Energy’ should be e-mailed to the Department no later than 6th May 2016 at the following address:

    sppsteam@doeni.gov.uk
    Type ‘RENEWABLE’ in the subject bar.

    To ask about alternative document formats please contact the Planning Policy Team by telephoning (028) 9082 2302, textphone at (028) 9054 0642, or by writing to:

    Planning Policy Division,
    Causeway Exchange,
    1–7 Bedford Street,
    Town Parks,
    Belfast
    BT2 7EG

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    posted:  March 8, 2016
    Environment, Presentations, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Grafton Woodlands Group and Friends of Windham

    Wind versus Water: the impact of ridgeline wind on water resources

    Civil and environmental engineer Geoffry Goll of Princeton Hydro will discuss the Saxtons River watershed and the potential impact of industrial wind. The focus will be based on his direct relevant experience with other wind projects and the impacts of Vermont’s high-elevation headwater sources of water for people and the ecology.

    Friday, March 18, 6:30 pm
    Grafton (Vermont) Elementary School gymnasium

    Goll will highlight the extreme difficulty of controlling stormwater run-off from the high-impact, high-elevation construction sites.

    He will describe the risks associated with the permit conditions and subsequent lack of enforcement by Vermont in permitting of the wind turbine project on Lowell Mountain.

    He will also discuss the downstream risks imparted by such projects – including increased flooding, stream bank erosion, and sedimentation on culverts, bridges, and communities.

    Sponsored by the Grafton Woodlands Group and Friends of Windham. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.

    Contact: Lynn Barrett, prime@svcable.net, 802-258-3992

    Snow/weather date: March 19, 2:00 pm

    Wind_Versus_Water

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    posted:  February 21, 2016
    Advertisements, Ireland, PublicationsPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Irish Community Groups Fighting Wind FarmsIrish Community Groups Fighting Wind Farms

    Was it for this?

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    posted:  February 13, 2016
    Health, Massachusetts, Noise, ProtestsPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Falmouth wind turbine victims

    Sick and Tired — Demonstration

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    Please help us “TAKE A STAND” to help wind turbine victims everywhere.

    COME to Falmouth, Massachusetts, on Saturday February 27, 2016, at 8 am.

    ASSEMBLE at 59 Falmouth Town Hall Square, Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA

    This DEMONSTRATION is intended to send a message to Local, State, Federal and international Governments that it is their duty and responsibility to protect and safeguard the people of the world .

    The wind industry and the industrial wind turbine agenda through unrealistic government mandates has been given license to exceed the boundaries of human tolerance of this world wide nuisance.

    A final hearing will be held and a vote will be taken to grant a special permit for the illegally built wind turbine known as Wind 1.

    Many Falmouth victims, friends and citizens have been suffering physically, emotionally, financially for well over 6 years now .

    The wind turbine victims have described this assault on them as infrasonic acoustical trespassing (aka) torture.

    This kind of abuse can no longer be tolerated or ignored by such tyrannical governmental agencies.

    The purpose of the demonstration is to sound the alarm ; to be the shot heard around the world.

    The unregulated intentional harm to all men, woman and children of the world will not go unchallenged anymore.

    Only you can help change this assault on humanity all concerned citizens from everywhere are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    JUSTICE for the victims in Falmouth will set the standards for people around the world.

    For more information contact : David Moriarty 774 521 8474 or email waveydavei@aol.com

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    posted:  December 8, 2015
    Health, Netherlands, Noise, PublicationsPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Bram Dehouck

    A Sleepless Summer

    Seasons come and go in provincial Blaashoek, where the town’s superficial harmony is upended by the arrival of a wind park – a blessing for some, a curse for others. The irritating hum of the turbines keeps butcher Herman Bracke, known far and wide for his delicious ‘summer paté’, awake at night. He falls prey to a deadly fatigue and gradually loses control over his work, setting off a series of blood-curdling events, with fatal consequences for the townspeople. Life in Blaashoek will never be the same again.

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    The author, Bram Dehouck, writes:

    A butcher who can’t sleep because of the irritating hum of a wind turbine, a veterinarian obsessed by the shadow flicker on his garden lawn, a dog that keeps on barking to a turbine …

    These are just three of the characters in A Sleepless Summer, a novel about a village that subtly goes to ruins after a wind farm is set up nearby. A Sleepless Summer has just appeared in English.

    I got inspired for writing the novel when a wind park was installed just outside my own village. The gigantic turbines made me wonder what would happen if several villagers suffered from them.

    The novel has won the Best Suspense Novel Award 2012 (The Netherlands) and the Hercule Poirot Public Prize 2012 (Belgium). The film rights were sold within a week after the book was first published, and it has already been translated to German. In 2016, a French edition will follow.

    You can find the first chapter and more information via this link: www.worldeditions.org/all-books/book/a-sleepless-summer/

    You can buy a copy at Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/9462380473
    Amazon UK: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/9462380473
    Amazon Canada: www.amazon.ca/dp/9462380473

    Nederlands: Een zomer zonder slaap – www.degeus.nl/alle-boeken/boek/een-zomer-zonder-slaap/

    Deutsch: Sommer ohne Schlaf – www.randomhouse.de/Taschenbuch/Sommer-ohne-Schlaf/Bram-Dehouck/btb-Taschenbuch/e440063.rhd

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    posted:  November 26, 2015
    Aesthetics, Press releases, Publications, Scotland, Videos, WildlifePrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  John Muir Trust

    New animation reveals the spreading visual impact of wind turbines on Scotland’s landscape

    The John Muir Trust and the University of Leeds Wild Land Research Institute have produced an animation showing the dramatic change in Scotland’s landscape over the past 20 years as a result of the proliferation of wind turbines.

    The animation is based on a series of maps that illustrate the extent of Scotland’s land area from which wind turbines are potentially visible. It includes both built and consented wind turbines above 20 metres tall, and excludes applications still in the pipeline.

    The maps were developed by the Wild Land Research Unit, based on data published by Scottish Natural Heritage.

    They reveal that the percentage of Scotland’s landscape visually affected by wind turbines has risen dramatically from just 1 per cent in 1995, to 16 per cent in 2005 then to 48 per cent in 2015. Within Wild Land Areas, the figures have risen over the past decade from zero to 17 per cent.

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    Watch on You Tube.

    John Low, Policy Officer of the John Muir Trust said: “This animation by the Wild Land Research Unit illustrates the accelerating impact of wind turbines on Scotland’s landscape over 20 years.

    “Our concern has always been the encroachment of turbines into wild land, and we’re pleased to say that we’ve begun to see some positive progress over recent months.

    “Since these maps were compiled, the Scottish Government has rejected a number of large-scale wind farms in Wild Land Areas, otherwise the situation would have been much worse.

    “At the same time, we remain vigilant. There are still several outstanding applications for giant wind farms on wild land, which if given the go-ahead will have a profound impact decades into the future.

    “We are publishing this animation now to bring home to the public, and especially to politicians at national and local level, the long term consequences for Scotland’s wild land of the decisions they make today.”

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