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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.


October 23, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Sleepless Ayrshire woman driven to distraction and forced to sleep in her car thanks to windfarm row

A woman plagued by rings of windmills round her hill farm steading has been forced to take to her wheels… just to get a night’s sleep. After the latest windfarm started spinning, Pat Spence has become so ill and deprived of a decent kip, she beds down in car parks in her trusty Peugeot Partner. Pat, 74, is now begging the cash-rich ScottishPower Renewables firm to do the decent thing and buy her out of her home of 30 years. . . .

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October 20, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth residents plan to oppose turbine decision in court

A dozen Falmouth citizens and The Green Center Inc. of Hatchville plan to file a legal motion to intervene with the Barnstable County Superior Court decision that caused shutdown of the town’s second wind turbine in June. On June 20, Barnstable County Superior Judge Cornelius J. Moriarty II upheld a zoning board of appeals decision deeming Wind 1 and Wind 2 a nuisance to neighbors Barry A. and Diane C. Funfar, and ordered that the turbines be shut down. The . . .

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October 19, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

WWF first members avoid paying damages… for now

The owners of the North Kent Wind Farm project say that despite filing a statement of claim for damages due to a blockade at one of 34 turbine construction sites, they will not be suing Water Wells First members. According to Matt Dallas, spokesperson for Pattern Energy, the company does not intend to pursue the claim “at this time.” “North Kent Wind does not intend to sue anyone to recover the financial losses it has incurred due to the blockade. . . .

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October 18, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Scituate Wind turbine to be tested again

SCITUATE – The town will hire an independent consultant to review the noise generated by the Scituate Wind turbine. This was the unanimous decision by selectmen after a lengthy discussion among themselves Tuesday, as well as with residents who are being negatively affected by the turbine noise. “We’ve heard quite a bit of information from all sides,” Selectmen Chairman Maura Curran said. “It’s a touch discussion because Town Meeting approved the wind turbine. We’re trying to balance the needs of the . . .

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October 18, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

County takes action against wind turbines

Some people living in Ford County say a wind farm could be causing fuzzy tv signal. Now they want the county to help. Those living in Kempton say they started seeing the issues after the farm went up. They’ve put a moratorium on any future wind turbines being built. It says for the next 120 days no new special use permits will be approved. This will give them time to review the current ordinance. It was established back in 2009. . . .

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October 11, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ministry shutting out advocate, say residents

Residents seeing impacts on water wells from nearby wind turbine construction are concerned they no longer have a strong advocate at their side. The citizen group Water Wells First held a press conference Oct. 6 at the home of Chatham Township resident Calvin Simmons. His is the 13th water well to be clogged with sediments after pile driving began nearby to erect turbines for the North Kent Wind project. Simmons, who has already burned out one pump because of low . . .

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October 10, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Homeowner pleads with Council over turbine hell

A homeowner is calling on Donegal County Council to ensure that the ten times tip-height set back distance of turbines from nearby homes is incorporated in the new Draft County Development Plan. Ms Carol Duddy lives only 500 metres from a wind turbine at the Corkermore site, half way between Ardara and Bruckless, where a rotor blade broke off four years ago. “Had the ten times tip height been in place when planning was sought for this windfarm, my family . . .

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October 7, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Neighbors say noise from wind turbine has made them miserable

SCITUATE, Mass. – Residents in Scituate who live near a wind turbine claim it’s ruining the quality of their lives. Many say the wind turbine is causing nausea, dizziness, ringing in ears and sleep deprivation and they want it shut down for good. Dave Dardi has living in Scituate for 40 years. He loves the town, but can’t wait to spend his winter in Florida so he can finally get a good nights sleep. Dardi’s house is about 3,200-feet from . . .

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October 7, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Water Wells First group wants sediments tested

Residents seeing impacts on their water wells from nearby wind turbine construction are concerned they will no longer have a strong advocate at their side. The citizen group Water Wells First (WWF) held a press conference Friday at the home of Chatham Township resident Calvin Simmons. His is the 13th water well to be clogged with sediments after pile driving began nearby to erect turbines for the North Kent Wind project. Simmons, who has already burned out one pump because . . .

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October 6, 2017 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine setback and ethics violations bill gains support at statehouse

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Concerns are growing about potential ethics violations by wind companies and some county officials who approve their projects. Thursday, a bill designed to address those issues is gaining support from state representative Heath VanNatter, the House’s vice chair for the Utilities and Energy Committee. VanNatter, along with the rest of the summer study committee, heard testimony from people supporting and opposing wind energy, or at the very least, opposing shorter setbacks. The setback defines the distance from a . . .

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