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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.

February 24, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Loyalist Township halts work on Amherst Island energy project

The company building a wind energy project on Amherst Island has been issued a stop-work order by Loyalist Township. The order was issued last weekend and was confirmed again in a letter from the township to Windlectric Inc. on Thursday. Heavy construction vehicles had caused significant damage to haul routes, including deep ruts on South Shore Road, Lower Forty Foot Road and sections of Front Road. “The ruts from the previous night’s heavy traffic had in fact not been smoothed . . . Complete story »

February 23, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm has made our lives a ‘living hell’

A local grandmother claims that her family’s life has been a “living hell” since the Meenwaun Windfarm near Banagher became operational early last month. Olive Cunningham’s home in Garbally is just over 500m from one of the 169 metre high turbines in the windfarm, owned by Belgian company Storm and managed by Element Power. Speaking to the Offaly Independent this week, Mrs Cunningham says that the noise pollution from the turbines, one of the highest in Ireland, has made life . . . Complete story »

February 22, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Natyshak presses government on wells

A New Democrat MPP raised the issue of well water concerns during the first day of the provincial legislature session on Tuesday. Essex NDP MPP Taras Natyshak has joined local grassroots group Water Wells First in calling for an immediate health hazard investigation into the matter. “I visited some of these farms just last week. The well water is black,” Natyshak said in a media release. “It became black at 18 different farms in the area at the same time . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Well water issue comes to Windsor

(WINDSOR, ON) – It could be wind energy’s promise of economical renewable green power has a bit of a dark side. In fact, the water flowing from the wells of residents living near Dresden, in Chatham-Kent, is just that, dark. Samples of the water which is reportedly fit for human consumption was brought to Windsor last Thursday evening by members of Water Wells First. It was their opportunity to connect with the province’s premier, Kathleen Wynne, at an open Town . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Council hit with expenses over Perthshire wind farm decision

A decision to reject a Perthshire wind farm has been overturned at appeal. Last year, Perth and Kinross Council refused the 11 turbine wind farm near the existing Drumderg wind farm beside Alyth, on landscape and visual impact grounds. The company behind the project which, it claims, could create enough electricity to power 19,000 homes, appealed the decision and the Scottish Government reporter has found in its favour. Andrew Sikes determined the council had “acted in an unreasonable manner” and . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Company answering to wind farm noise complaints in Faribault County

Dan Moore and some of his neighbors had complained for years about noise from the nearby Big Blue Wind Farm in southern Minnesota. Their grievances went unresolved. So, in an unusual move, Minnesota utility regulators intervened in 2017. They found Big Blue had taken up to three years to address noise problems, including a clunking sound that turned out to be a tool stuck in a wind turbine blade. Regulators found, too, that Big Blue never had its noise protocol . . . Complete story »

February 15, 2018 • West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Property owner alleges New Creek Wind turbines’ noise causes headaches

ELKINS – The owner of property in New Creek alleges wind turbines erected near his property generate noise that has caused him harm. William D. Benton Jr. filed a complaint Jan. 25 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia against New Creek Wind LLC, formerly AES New Creek LLC; Everpower Wind Holdings Inc. (Everpower); and Enbridge Holdings LLC alleging nuisance and negligence. According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he experienced negative effects, including being . . . Complete story »

February 15, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Noise of wind turbine is unacceptable, say Cllrs

Councillors during Monday evening’s meeting of Birr Municipal District (Co Offaly) said the noise of a wind turbine in Meenwaun Wind Farm near Banagher is “completely unacceptable.” Councillor John Leahy said he visited the site recently. He pointed out that there are four wind turbines in the wind farm which are 169 metres in height. He said there are three houses in the vicinity, with five residents, which are badly affected by noise pollution from one turbine in particular. Prior . . . Complete story »

February 13, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Portsmouth residents voice concerns over noise, flicker generated by turbine

PORTSMOUTH – The combination of the noise and shadows generated by the town’s wind turbine has rankled some neighbors who voiced their frustration to the Town Council during its meeting Monday. Mark DePasquale, the founder and chairman of the company that owns the turbine, tried to reassure them with promises to address the bothersome conditions. David Souza, a lifelong town resident who lives on Lowell Drive, showed videos of the repeated, flashing shadows cast on his home by the three blades . . . Complete story »

February 13, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy may be green, but the water in Chatham-Kent is brown

CHATHAM-KENT – Every morning since he lost the use of his well, Dave Lusk wakes up and tries not to let the anger seep in. But when he makes a trip from the water cooler in the kitchen and back to his bathroom vanity to wash up, it’s a reminder of the precariousness of his water supply. Lusk blames that fact on the wind turbines being built nearby, and the companies developing them. The 51-year-old owns a farm near Wallaceburg – in . . . Complete story »

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