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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


December 16, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Neighbor demands shuttered Falmouth turbine be removed

FALMOUTH – A neighbor of Falmouth’s two controversial wind turbines is invoking a town bylaw and demanding that the building commissioner order Wind 1 dismantled and removed. Wind 1, a 400-foot, town-owned turbine constructed on the wastewater treatment plant property in 2010, has been shut down since 2015, after being denied a special permit by the Zoning Board of Appeals. Mark J. Cool, who lives on Fire Tower Road, filed his complaint with Building Commissioner Rod Palmer on Dec. 7. In . . . Complete story »


December 15, 2017 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Speaker: wind ripped county’s social fabric

Call it Wind Turbine Trouble 101 – presented by a school teacher who said he was “blindsided” about two years ago by the arrival of the towering industrial machinery in his rural Van Wert, Ohio hometown. Jeremy Kitson shared what he said he’s learned from the experience with about 200 people at the Miami County 4-H Community Building on Sunday. The bottom line? Kitson put it this way: “The less you know, the more you’ll like wind.” UK-based Renewable Energy . . . Complete story »


December 13, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine blade icing danger cited in fine

Although there aren’t residences located within the few-hundred-yard radius that ice-throw from the blades might be expected to land, the turbines are near enough to neighboring property that the flying ice could have endangered someone in the woods nearby, said Ed McNamara, Planning and Energy Resources Director at DPS. The DPS takes even potential threats to health and safety very seriously, Porter said. This wasn’t the first time that Georgia Mountain Community Wind has received sanctions for violating safety protocols, the PUC noted in its most recent order. Complete story »


December 11, 2017 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Complaint filed over DTE claims in county

LANSING – A complaint filed Thursday with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette alleges DTE Energy representatives have made fraudulent claims in connection with local zoning ordinances in northern Lapeer County. Blissfield-based Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition Inc. filed the complaint on behalf of North Branch Township resident Traci Martin. The complaint cites three examples of DTE representatives mentioning “exclusionary zoning” in discussions related to zoning ordinances as they relate to any potential wind energy developments . . . Complete story »


December 7, 2017 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Windmolen klinkt als goederentrein; buren slapen in de schuur

[Wind turbine sounds like a freight train; neighbors sleep in the barn] Negentien jaar procederen, hoofdpijn en slapeloze nachten. Windmolen Lucky Mill houdt twee Kollumers uit de slaap. De Raad van State spreekt. De gemeente Kollumerland is de mist in gegaan met aanvullende maatregelen tegen het geluid van de draaiende wentelwieken, zegt de hoogste rechter. Kollumerland moet een nieuw handhavingsplan opstellen. Molen als goederentrein De buren zijn Bertus Nijhof en Bertha Hoiting van Brongersmaweg nummer 4. Ze houden van duurzaam, . . . Complete story »


December 5, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Au pays de l’eau noire [In the land of black water]

Des résidents en Ontario vivent un cauchemar depuis l’installation d’éoliennes proches de leur domicile. Marc St-Pierre ne boit plus l’eau de son puits depuis quatre ans, depuis que l’eau qui en sort est devenue noire. Il n’est pas seul dans cette situation. Plus d’une vingtaine de familles de sa région ont le même problème. La couleur viendrait de sédiments de schiste noir en suspension dans l’eau. Depuis cette découverte, ces résidents de la région de Chatham-Kent, en Ontario, disent vivre . . . Complete story »


December 5, 2017 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Giving away the (wind) farm

Mark Buck can see some of the 314 turbines in Kansas’ largest wind farm from his office window in Medicine Lodge, where he is superintendent of the Barber County North School District. The nearly $1 billion Flat Ridge project, built in two phases and owned in part by British Petroleum, spans 70,000 acres near the Oklahoma border in south-central Kansas. But unlike most other Kansas businesses, Flat Ridge pays no property taxes on its generators to fund local schools and . . . Complete story »


November 25, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wallaceburg man blames wind turbines for water well woes

At first, Wayne Phillips had no idea why his water well went bad. Phillips had moved down to Wallaceburg to get away from the Greater Toronto Area. He moved to the area in the spring of 2017, bought a house just south of town and settled in. Things were going good. Phillips likes Wallaceburg, noting he has great neighbours and he likes the town He noticed a difference in his water during the Civic holiday long weekend in August. “All . . . Complete story »


November 22, 2017 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Utility regulators look again at prosecuting wind company

PIERRE – Members of state government’s Public Utilities Commission and several of their lawyers discussed Tuesday whether a wind-energy developer who began work last year and still hasn’t applied for a permit should be referred for criminal prosecution. Scout Clean Energy gained a two-year advantage over competitors that would be worth “tens of millions of dollars” in tax benefits after the Boulder, Colorado-based company moved dirt at several wind-turbine sites in Hand County, commissioner Chris Nelson said. Commissioner Gary Hanson . . . Complete story »


November 22, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Dirty well water delivered to environment minister

Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton delivered a bottle of turbid water to Environment Minister Chris Ballard in the Ontario legislature Tuesday to emphasize the impact wind turbine construction has had on area water wells. “I want the minister to understand why communities are so troubled by the effect of wind turbines on their water,” said McNaughton. “Wells that have produced clean, clear water for decades have begun producing dirty brown, unpotable water since construction of turbines for the North Kent I . . . Complete story »


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