These postings are provided to help publicize the efforts of affiliated groups and individuals related to industrial wind energy development. Most of the notices posted here are not the product of nor are they necessarily endorsed by National Wind Watch.
Le collectif « sauvons l’Aveyron » organise une grande manifestation d’opposition à l’éolien industriel à Rodez le Vendredi 7 mars 2014 devant la préfecture de 14 h. à 16 h.
Ce collectif regroupe 27 associations. Le rassemblement aura lieu place Foch à partir de 13 h.
- 94 éoliennes sont déjà installées.
- 122 ont reçu l’accord du permis de construire, essentiellement sur le Lévézou et le Sud Aveyron mais font l’objet d’un recours au tribunal administratif grâce au travail des 27 associations de protection de l’environnement soucieuses de protéger les paysages aveyronnais et leur biodiversité qui sont un patrimoine commun.
- 240 supplémentaires sont en projet d’implantation un peu partout en Aveyron.
- Soit 456 éoliennes gigantesques en tout, implantées sur 60 communes, qui entraineront la construction d’un méga-transformateur à St Victor et Melvieu capable d’accueillir 800 éoliennes.
Nous vous invitons à participer à cet évènement et vous en remercions d’avance.
Collectif Sauvons l’Aveyron
tél. 06 79 32 06 32
06 80 99 38 08
Wind power systems are expected to contribute significantly to Danish fossil free energy production by 2050. Despite initiatives aimed at increasing public participation and local acceptance, both public and private bodies continue to experience an increasing lack of local acceptance of wind power projects. This has been a common issue across Europe, with the factors driving and influencing acceptance appearing to differ depending on economic, political and cultural context. The Wind2050 project is unique in that it will draw on international experience to understand the dynamics of local acceptance of both off-shore and land based wind energy projects in DK and compare these with projects in Ireland and United Kingdom focusing on the institutional and regulatory context as well as technical and social aspects in project development. The project seeks to examine both the factors that influence local acceptance and the influence of governance, project development and deployment of wind power. The project applies an interactive, research framework involving researchers from legal, social, economic and technical sciences who continuous exchange knowledge with end-users (authorities, industry, interest organizations, citizens and other local actors). The overall analytical perspective considers wind power facilities as socio-technical systems, which allows the work packages to use different scientific perspectives and methods in order to understand why and how different institutions, regulations, actors and perceptions induce or block deployment of wind power. The analyses are finally integrated in strategic scenarios, which provide recommendations and decision support for future deployment of wind power and other renewable energy sources.
Grant recipient: Kristian Borch
Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby
Amount available: 19,9 mio. kr. [2.67 million euros; 3.80 million US dollars]
Total budget: 23,6 mio. kr. [3.16 million euros; 4.51 million US dollars]
Funding period: 2014-2017
Research: 3 ph.d.er and 3 postdocs
Partners: DTU [Technical University of Denmark] Management Engineering, DTU Wind, Københavns Universitet Department of Food and Resource Economics, KORA [Nationale Institut for Kommuners og Regioners Analyse og Forskning (National Department of Municipalities and Regions Analysis and Research)], CONCITO [“Denmark’s green think tank”], Danish Wind Industry Association, Queens University of Belfast, RPS Group Ireland, University College London, GK Energi Aps, Eurowind Energy, Kommunernes Landsforening [Local Government Denmark], Naturstyrelsen [Danish Nature Agency], Energistyrelsen [Danish Energy Agency], Siemens Wind Power, Energinet.dk, Ringkøbing-Skjern Kommune, Sønderbog Kommune, Kalundborg Kommune, Aarhus Kommune, Guldborgsund Kommune, HOFOR [Hovedstadsområdets Forsyningsselskab (metropolitan water and gas supply)], Danmarks Vindmølleforening [Danish Wind Turbine Owners' Association], Project Zero A/S [Sonderborg], Svendborg Kommune, Vestas, Vattenfall
TO: Michael Spence BA LLB Sydney DPhil PcDipTheol Oxf
Vice Chancellor and Principle, University of Sydney
I am once again writing to you in relation to Professor Simon Chapman’s active and well publicised close involvement with the Industrial Wind Industry in Australia, and the increasingly adverse effect this association is having on the University of Sydney’s reputation for quality research and ethical behaviour.
It appears possible Professor Chapman is conducting research without prior ethics committee approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University, with regard to seeking specific details of families who were forced to abandon their homes as a result of noise pollution emanating from Industrial Wind Turbines.
I would be interested to know, will the university be addressing this ethical approval oversight? Alternatively if approval has been granted could you please forward to me the date and details of that approval?
Further, I bring to your attention the participation of Professor Chapman in the launch of a wind turbine product manufacturer’s global denial of the harm their product is causing, on 18 June 2013, which VESTAS called their “ACT on FACTS” campaign, in Melbourne. Professor Chapman was listed as a Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney.
ln 2004 a VESTAS employee called Erik Sloth delivered a presentation to the Australian Wind Energy Association’s conference. lt showed VESTAS were aware in 2OO4 that the international standards for wind turbine noise emission modeling were inadequate, that “annoyance” symptoms could result from a less than safe buffer distance, and that further research was needed.
The World Health Organisation acknowledges “annoyance” symptoms can result in adverse health effects. Environmental noise pollution is increasingly acknowledged as a growing and serious public health problem, and there are increasing reports of rural residents being forced out of their homes or living a life of chronic sleep deprivation when the turbines are operating.
As yet, there is no research involving the concurrent measurement of the full spectrum of acoustic frequencies, and EEG, blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol levels in people reporting adverse health impacts from wind turbine noise specifically, although adverse health effects including the consequences of chronic sleep deprivation and chronic physiological stress have been found from other sources of noise. Yet Professor Chapman, Public Health Professor and Director of Research at the University of Sydney is now publicly stating ‘research is not necessary’, even though he stated at the Federal Senate inquiry in 2011, it was a ‘wonderful idea’, and VESTAS stated it was needed in 2004.
I would request you read the critiques of Professor Chapman’s paper by knowledgeable experts in the fields of medicine, acoustics, and audiology and in the analysis of his research for court evidence. As you will find, there are serious concerns about his research and the conclusions drawn by him and his co researchers.
Professor Chapman’s ‘diagnosis’ of a nocebo effect was made without any evidence collected from the homes of people reporting symptoms. He has never spoken to or visited these people, and of course he has no training to examine or diagnose medical conditions nor is he a psychiatrist trained to diagnose illnesses of the mind. At the very least he can only make a guess at what he thinks could be the situation, but for him to use his position at the university as an expert in these health matters is inappropriate and a snub to the importance and role of appropriately trained professionals in acoustics, neurophysiology, and clinical medicine.
As a Sociologist working in the area of Public Health he can only make theory judgements on social groups and not medical diagnosis on individuals. There is no evidence from those residents reporting the symptoms or from their treating health professionals that the nocebo diagnosis is valid.
While Professor Chapman worked to highlight the adverse health effects of tobacco and cigarettes by exposing the denial by tobacco companies and their supporters, he is now using his reputation to hinder the work of those trying to expose the truth about Industrial Wind Turbines and adverse health effects. He does this by writing papers, speaking publicly and attending functions in support of the global wind industry.
I ask that you read the decision of Justice Muse from Falmouth, USA, from late 2013 where he granted an immediate injunction to stop wind turbines turning at night, in order to prevent ‘irreparable harm to physical and psychological health’ of the residents reporting problems.
I would also recommend you read carefully American Psychiatrist Dr William Hallstein’s letter to the Falmouth Board of Health, which clearly explains what wind turbine noise is doing to people.
While Professor Chapman continues to deny the existence of research showing people are suffering, in an effort to uphold his personal theory it’s not difficult to find such research, articles and papers, if you choose to look for them.
For instance early research well before any publicity about the symptoms was conducted by Dr David Iser, a rural GP from Toora in Victoria and he raised concerns with the Victorian government about the effects of wind turbine noise. There is also Dr Amanda Harry, a rural GP in the UK, both of whom behaved in the best traditions of ethical practice of medicine, and research.
I urge you to read the work of the above to understand how harmful reliance on utterances from unqualified people can be, especially with respect to health issues, even if they are university Professors.
In addition I ask you consider what breaches of human rights may be occurring to residents who are being ignored by their governments who are charged with the responsibility of protecting them from known harm. Surely these vulnerable citizens deserve to be treated as every other citizen, with respect and consideration of their predicament which they have no control over, in the expectation their rights to live and work without the imposition of annoyance causing them harm being thrust upon them.
If the University does not want to be seen to be actively supporting an industry which is proven to be less than honest with respect to what they know and who have acknowledged the human adverse effects of their industry, then I would urge you to speak out and request Professor Chapman to publicly state that what he is expressing is his personal opinion and not that of the University, especially when he is saying that research is not necessary.
There is an impression the University could be seen to be unreservedly supporting the Industrial Wind Industry. I urge you to consider how the conflict of interest issues of some of the Fellows on the University Senate are handled, as public perception with regard to integrity of the governance of the University is at stake.
Finally I ask, does the University wish to be implicated in continuing to support an industry who are hiding known evidence of harm (see also Matt Peacock’s book “Killer Company” re the role the University of Sydney played in the asbestos story), or would the University prefer to act in the finest traditions of higher education establishments, and actively and vocally support the required multidisciplinary independent research recommended by the 2011 Australian Federal Senate inquiry.
J A Rovensky (Mrs)
PORT MacDONNELL, SA
7 Feb 2014
Announcements, Australia, Comments, Health •
Source: National Health and Medical Research Council
Closes on Friday, 11 April 2014, 05:00pm (AEDT)
NHMRC is currently seeking feedback on a draft Information Paper: Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health, which provides the Australian community with a summary of the evidence on whether wind farms cause adverse health effects in humans.
The draft NHMRC Information Paper is based on the Systematic review of the human health effects of wind farms, an independent review of the available scientific literature examining the possible impacts of wind farms on human health. The independent review was commissioned by NHMRC and conducted by Adelaide Health Technology Assessment. The independent review has been released for background only, to assist interested parties in considering the draft Information Paper. The content of the independent review report is not part of the consultation.
Further information on NHMRC’s review of wind farms and human health can be found on the NHMRC website.
You are invited to make a submission to NHMRC by answering the questions listed in the online submission form and providing any additional evidence for consideration.
Submissions of evidence
NHMRC will take into account the level, quality, strength and relevance of any additional evidence submitted in response to Question 3 to Question 6 [3. Is there additional evidence on any health or health-related effects specifically related to distance from wind turbines or exposure to emissions from wind turbines? 4. Is there additional evidence on the likely level of exposure to emissions produced by wind farms at nearby residences? 5. Is there additional evidence on whether it is plausible that noise, shadow flicker and electromagnetic radiation (of the type and at the levels produced by wind farms) might affect healthy functioning of the human body? 6. Is there additional evidence of health and health-related effects observed from other sources producing noise, shadow flicker and electromagnetic radiation of the type and at the levels produced by wind farms?]. NHMRC’s approach for assessing evidence is consistent with an internationally accepted standard. NHMRC’s Evidence Hierarchy is available at:
Any additional evidence that is submitted will be considered in the context of the body of evidence already discussed in the systematic review report.
Any additional evidence must meet the inclusion criteria that are specified for each of Question 3 to Question 6 in order to be considered by NHMRC. Personal stories, medical records and raw data will not be considered.
Please check the References section of NHMRC’s systematic review report prior to submitting evidence. Studies that have already been considered by NHMRC do not need to be resubmitted.
Please submit evidence in the form of a full citation to the relevant study or article, and a web link to full text of the study (if possible). The particular document should be easily identifiable from the citation. Documents (e.g. full text articles) cannot be uploaded through NHMRC’s online public consultation portal and should not be provided to NHMRC via email or post. NHMRC will source the full text of submitted citations as required.
NHMRC will only give consideration to submissions that address the public consultation questions and meet the criteria regarding evidence discussed below.
All submissions must be made through this online public consultation portal. If this is not possible, please contact the NHMRC Project Officer to make alternative arrangements.
PLEASE NOTE THAT EMAIL SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
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Closes on: Friday, 11 April 2014 – 5:00pm
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Project Officer – Wind Farms and Human Health
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For too long the complaints about the impacts of industrial wind turbines from rural Ontario have been ignored at every level of our Liberal government. Before and after the Green Energy Act became law individuals pleaded with the Ministers of Energy, Environment and Health to do something to fix the problems people were reporting about the chronic sleep disturbance, ear pain, high blood pressure and noise annoyance.
Health Canada’s Principle Investigator Dr. David Michaud confirmed under oath at an Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal (October 4, 2013), in his statement made to federal MP Pierre Polievre, ‘that there is credible scientific support for an association between wind turbine noise and community annoyance’.
The Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine published a literature review (Jeffery et al. Jan. 2014) stating: ‘There is sufficient evidence to support the conclusion that noise from audible IWTs is a potential cause of health effects. Inaudible low-frequency noise and infrasound from IWTs cannot be ruled out as plausible causes of health effects.’
Why with this knowledge are we still facing a steady stream of industrial wind project approvals? This injustice only serves one sector of Ontario – the wind energy sector. They have preferred status at every level.
At a rally at Queen’s Park starting at 11:30 am February 24, Mothers Against Wind Turbines demands that a moratorium is called on all wind development now and that the federal authorities begin an investigation into the systemic failure to act to protect Canadian citizens from this harm.
Mothers Against Wind Turbines believes in protection of the innocent before all. Children should not be forced to bear the brunt of an ill-conceived energy policy that is harming their health, harming their quality of life and decimating their communities, while driving up energy prices and causing further economic disparity.
For more information contact:
Mothers Against Wind Turbines
Tel. 905 386-0765
The Waubra Foundation CEO, Sarah Laurie, stands by the accuracy of confidential information submitted by the Foundation to the 2012 Federal Senate Inquiry. The information related to the numbers and locations of rural residents forced to permanently or temporarily abandon their homes in Australia because of the adverse health effects they experienced from exposure to operating wind turbines.
This information was provided in confidence to the CEO, on the condition that it not be made publicly available by her, and those wishes have always been respected. Some rural residents have publicly disclosed their circumstances in media interviews, Senate Inquiries, and video interviews, but many others have not. Reasons for not disclosing this information include nondisclosure agreements (gag clauses), fear of theft or arson, sensitive personal health information, and fear of public ridicule.
The circumstances of many of these families are known directly to Senators Madigan, Xenophon and Back.
The Foundation is aware of other rural residents forced from their homes because of illness, sleep deprivation and chronic physiological stress resulting from environmental low frequency noise pollution. Some of these residents have also been silenced by agreements with noise polluters at other industrial facilities such as Tara, QLD (CSG), Uranquinty, NSW (gas fired power station) and Wollar, NSW (coal mine).
We note that Professor Chapman, together with the Climate and Health Alliance, and two individuals with commercial interests in the wind industry (Miles George from Infigen, and Simon Holmes a Court, from Hepburn wind and EMBARK), joined with VESTAS to launch their global denial of adverse health effects campaign, called ACT on FACTS, on 18th June, 2013.
We note that a VESTAS employee, Erik Sloth, admitted to an Australian Wind Energy Association conference in Australia in 2004 that wind turbine noise can cause annoyance symptoms, that the international standard used for wind turbine noise predictions was not accurate, that a safe buffer distance was required, and that research was required. The Waubra Foundation agrees with Mr Sloth’s assessment from 2004.
VESTAS seem to have now “forgotten” what they knew in 2004.
12th February, 2014
On FEB 24 we will let ALL politicians at Queens Park know that WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY and that existing and proposed industrial wind turbines have to be dealt with and will AGAIN be a major election issue.
Mothers Against Turbines is putting the challenge out there to show MPPs and Toronto that the years of abuse of provincial power has to stop!
Let’s rise to the occasion and send a very clear message to MPPs that industrial wind turbines cannot continue to desecrate our health, homes and communities.
Bring your signs! Bring your noisemakers! Bring your megaphones!
Plans are for a few speakers and a march to the Royal York/Fairmount Hotel to OGRA – Ontario Good Roads Association – handing out information along our way. March will be 30-40 minutes in length. Municipal and provincial elected reps will be at OGRA to see that this issue is not going away simply because the current govt. chooses to ignore it!
For that day, I am arranging for a coach bus to leave Chatsworth at approx. 8:00am with stops in Markdale, Flesherton, Dundalk, Shelburne and Orangeville. We will leave Toronto at 3:00pm. Cost of $35.00 per person covers bus and simple lunch, lunch to be supplied for the ride home.
Chatsworth Arena: 8:00
Markdale, across from Foodland: 8:25
Flesherton, across from Munshaw’s: 8:35
Dundalk, Esso Station: 8:50
Shelburne, No Frills Parking Lot: 9:10
Orangeville, in FRONT of Walmart: 9:40
Let’s fill this and any other bus anyone takes the care and time to arrange to help you get to this event!
All actions count and the timing for this one will get a message to all running in the upcoming election. Let’s wake ’em up on Feb. 24th!