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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.
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/
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
Aesthetics, Press releases, Publications, Scotland, Videos, Wildlife •
Source: John Muir Trust
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.
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.”
Aesthetics, Environment, Information, Maine, Noise, Property values •
Source: Posted by Brad Blake on August 13, 2015, windtaskforce.org
An erstwhile wind warrior grabbed his camera this week and sent in these sad photos of the Oakfield Wind project, still under construction, but with enough turbines up so the impact is clear. First Wind bamboozled the Town of Oakfield with a so-called collaboration with a poor town that was eager for tax revenues and landowners eager to get leasing income. Again, First Wind laughs all the way to the bank, having taken over the town at a cheap, rock-bottom price. Then DEP Commissioner Aho allowed First Wind to take the existing license and enormously expand it: 50 turbines, not 38; 479 ft tall structures, not 389 ft. Bigger, noisier, greater impact zone, including the high quality Pleasant Lake and Mattawamkeag Lake. All this with one lousy public comment meeting and not forcing First Wind to submit a new application with a new starting point for the permitting. Here are the results:
Aesthetics, Announcements, Economics, Maine, Publications •
Source: Meryl L. Moss Media Relations
Some of America’s most corrupt politicians can be found in the windswept wilds of Maine. The Pine Tree State rates next-to-last in citizens’ trust of their legislators according to the Gallup Poll (April 4, 2014), and the Center for Public Integrity gives the state an F for corruption. Maine politicians appropriate taxpayer funds for their own companies, while governors pass legislation for huge energy projects which they then create companies to run. And energy companies write laws protecting their projects, laws that are obligingly passed verbatim by politicians who receive major payoffs from these companies.
The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting recently revealed that former state Senate President Justin Alfond introduced bills in the Senate written entirely by energy industry lawyers, after the industry awarded him with major donations to his Political Action Committee, funds which he then used to pay other Democrats so they would vote for him as state Senate President.
Similarly, hedge fund billionaire Donald Sussman, until recently the owner of most Maine newspapers, and the recipient of $200 million in taxpayer bailouts, was a major funder of an energy company now destroying Maine’s mountains, and whose previous Italian partners have been jailed in the largest Mafia bust in Italian history. His wife, Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, helped former Maine governor Angus King get a fraudulent $102 million taxpayer loan for energy projects he then made millions on, some of which he then used to buy his current seat in the US Senate.
This scandalous real-life situation is the setting for best-selling author Mike Bond’s newest super-thriller, KILLING MAINE. Bond’s most popular character, internationally known surfer and Special Forces veteran Pono Hawkins, leaves the sun-drenched beaches of Hawaii for Maine’s brutal winter to help his former SF buddy Bucky Franklin who has been charged with murder. Pono quickly learns that Maine is as politically corrupt as Hawaii, with multinational corporations buying up the state’s scenic mountains and purchasing its politicians at bargain prices. Pono is hunted, shot at, betrayed and stalked by knife-wielding assassins as he tries to find the real murderer. Nothing is certain. No one can be trusted. No place is safe. The woman he loves vanishes and he is charged with her disappearance. And with a rap sheet that includes two underserved jail sentences, Pono is a target for every cop in Maine.
MIKE BOND is a best-selling novelist who has covered death squads, guerrilla wars and military dictatorships in Latin America and Africa; Islamic terrorism in the Middle East and Europe; and environmental issues worldwide. A Maine native whose family has lived there since the 1600s, he has written a book for the Sierra Club on Maine’s Allagash River and has been active in numerous other battles to protect Maine’s magnificent and endangered outdoors. Bond writes and gives frequent testimony and interviews worldwide on wilderness protection, endangered species, elephant poaching, wolves, whales, tigers, raptors, rain forests, climate change, renewable energy and ecosystem loss. He is the master of the socially conscious thriller.
The Den Brook Judicial Review Group (DBJRG) regrets that the need has arisen to publicly issue the Den Brook wind farm developer, Renewable Energy Systems (RES), with a pre-action protocol Notice of Intent to establish both audible EAM and sub-audible infra-sound noise monitoring.
The need has arisen due to continued disingenuous responses and malfeasant submissions from the developer and its agents. This has been the case throughout DBJRG’s longstanding efforts for obtaining effective conditions and controls to properly protect neighbours against Excessive Amplitude Modulation (EAM) noise impacts from the proposed wind turbine development.
It is further regretted that financial investment and support for the project may become compromised through implications flowing from service of the pre-action protocol Notice.
Monitoring is to be professionally established on behalf of the DBJRG similar to the model currently in action at the Cotton Farm wind farm in Huntingdonshire. Live, 24/7 audio recordings and interactive noise charts will be made available and accessible to all through a dedicated website.
All breaches of condition assessed in accordance with the Den Brook planning approval’s condition 21 Written Scheme alongside assessment directly according with the EAM parameters established by condition 20 will be logged thus enabling world-wide scrutiny of the proposed 9 × 120m Den Brook wind turbines.
Moreover, if, as suspected, the condition 21 Written Scheme fails to trigger measures to address and mitigate EAM contrary to condition 20, the matter will continue to be pursued with vigour.
DBJRG holds the view that recently adopted proposals from developer RES in terms of EAM noise compliance testing are significantly flawed. Furthermore, such flaws not only ominously and materially prejudice neighbours of the proposed Den Brook wind farm and hold serious implications in relation to Article 8 of the Human Rights convention, but fly directly in the face of an extant 2011 Court of Appeal ruling.
—26 May 2015
The Notice served this day, 26 May 2015, on RES together with detailed background information can be found in the attached full copy of the ‘Notice of Intent to carry out noise monitoring – 26 May 2015’.
Source: National Wind Watch
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