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In Wiggins v. WPD Canada Corporation,1 the Ontario Superior Court of Justice dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims for injunctive relief and $16.6 million in damages against a prospective (not yet approved) wind turbine project, granting the defendants’ motions for summary judgment. The Court found that the plaintiffs were unable to show that they had a viable cause of action in nuisance, negligence, trespass and strict liability until the project received its final Renewable Energy Approval (REA), if ever. The Court also . . .
Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal Commissioners, Mr M Wright QC and Mr A Liston have made the following remarks in orders given on 4th April, 2013.¹ Paragraphs 116-118 of their orders state the following: There is evidence before the Tribunal that a number of people living close to wind farms suffer deleterious health effects. The evidence is both direct and anecdotal. There is a uniformity of description of these effects across a number of wind farms, both in southeast Australia and . . .
Residents near Macarthur, in south-west Victoria, dispute that the town’s wind farm is meeting noise requirements. The wind farm’s operator, AGL, says it has been consistently meeting requirements for noise levels since the facility became fully operational in January. It will release a full report later this month. Annie Gardner lives next door to the wind farm and says several locals have banded together to commission independent research into the noise levels. “If the wind is blowing in your direction . . .
Anti-windfarm campaigners in Donegal say they are watching developments in a landmark case – and could sue both Donegal County Council and wind energy companies on health and financial grounds. Seven families in the north Cork village of Banteer are suing a windfarm operator in a landmark case, claiming the huge turbines are adversely affecting their health. Families in Wexford and Roscommon are about to follow suit. The Gweebarra Conservation Group says families in Donegal are watching the cases closely. . . .
Quietly, the Saddleback Ridge Wind Project is moving forward. Patriot Renewables of Quincy, Mass., the developer behind the project, said Wednesday it will put in place lower nighttime sound limits in accordance with a court ruling earlier in the week. That means the windmill noise levels will be kept at 42 decibels or less instead the previously allowed level of 45. Saddleback Ridge Wind will be located in Carthage and will consist of 12 wind turbines, each with a rated . . .
Two wind turbines towering above the Cape Cod community of Falmouth, Mass., were intended to produce green energy and savings — but they’ve created angst and division, and may now be removed at a high cost as neighbors complain of noise and illness. “It gets to be jet-engine loud,” said Falmouth resident Neil Andersen. He and his wife Betsy live just a quarter mile from one of the turbines. They say the impact on their health has been devastating. They’re . . .
Angry residents living in the shadow of the Macarthur wind farm are seeking political support for a senate bill which would sever government grants to wind operators that disobey noise restrictions. About 20 property owners living next to the 140-turbine wind farm expressed their anguish to member for Wannon Dan Tehan last week. They want the MP to throw his support behind a bill introduced by independent senator Nick Xenophon and Labor senator John Madigan under which renewable energy grants . . .
Low level noise produced by wind turbines has an insignificant impact on neighbouring properties and is no greater than from other sources, a report from the state’s Environment Protection Authority says. In a study that will add to the debate between wind farm proponents and detractors, the EPA’s Infrasound levels near windfarms and in other environments report measured the level of infrasound at 11 urban and rural locations around South Australia, including adjacent to the Bluff and Clements Gap wind . . .
“The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) will begin monitoring low frequency noise around the Waterloo Wind Farm, in northern South Australia, later this year.” Click here to read the story. Download MP4 file.
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) will begin monitoring low frequency noise around the Waterloo Wind Farm, in northern South Australia, later this year. It says it will monitor noise levels for two months from the homes of residents near the wind farm in the Clare Valley. The director of science and assessment with the EPA, Peter Dolan, says the monitoring will be used to determine if the current wind farm guidelines adequately take noise issues into account. He says the . . .