These postings are provided to help publicize the efforts of affiliated groups and individuals related to industrial wind energy development. Most of the notices posted here are not the product of nor are they necessarily endorsed by National Wind Watch.
Announcements, Economics, Environment, Law, Northern Ireland •
Source: Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland
The Department of the Environment has launched ‘Calls for Evidence’ to help inform the scope of forthcoming reviews of strategic planning policy for Development in the Countryside and strategic planning policy for Renewable Energy development.
It is anticipated that the evidence received will improve the Department’s understanding of the operation and impact of the existing policy approaches as set out in the Strategic Planning Policy Statement and provide up-to-date evidence on the social, environmental and economic impacts of both strategic policy areas.
Depending, in part, upon the evidence received following the ‘Calls for Evidence’, the scope of the forthcoming reviews will be refined to focus on the key matters that need to be addressed. The subsequent reviews will be the subject of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).
The summary papers detailing the scope and purpose of the ‘Calls for Evidence’ are available to view or download below.
Responses to the Call for Evidence for Strategic Planning Policy ‘Development in the Countryside’ should be e-mailed to the Department no later than 6th May 2016 at the following address:
Type ‘COUNTRYSIDE’ in the subject bar.
Responses to the Call for Evidence for Strategic Planning Policy ‘Renewable Energy’ should be e-mailed to the Department no later than 6th May 2016 at the following address:
Type ‘RENEWABLE’ in the subject bar.
To ask about alternative document formats please contact the Planning Policy Team by telephoning (028) 9082 2302, textphone at (028) 9054 0642, or by writing to:
Planning Policy Division,
1–7 Bedford Street,
Environment, Presentations, Vermont •
Source: Grafton Woodlands Group and Friends of Windham
Civil and environmental engineer Geoffry Goll of Princeton Hydro will discuss the Saxtons River watershed and the potential impact of industrial wind. The focus will be based on his direct relevant experience with other wind projects and the impacts of Vermont’s high-elevation headwater sources of water for people and the ecology.
Grafton (Vermont) Elementary School gymnasium
Goll will highlight the extreme difficulty of controlling stormwater run-off from the high-impact, high-elevation construction sites.
He will describe the risks associated with the permit conditions and subsequent lack of enforcement by Vermont in permitting of the wind turbine project on Lowell Mountain.
He will also discuss the downstream risks imparted by such projects – including increased flooding, stream bank erosion, and sedimentation on culverts, bridges, and communities.
Sponsored by the Grafton Woodlands Group and Friends of Windham. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.
Contact: Lynn Barrett, firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-258-3992
Snow/weather date: March 19, 2:00 pm
Advertisements, Ireland, Publications •
Source: Irish Community Groups Fighting Wind FarmsIrish Community Groups Fighting Wind Farms
Health, Massachusetts, Noise, Protests •
Source: Falmouth wind turbine victims
Please help us “TAKE A STAND” to help wind turbine victims everywhere.
COME to Falmouth, Massachusetts, on Saturday February 27, 2016, at 8 am.
ASSEMBLE at 59 Falmouth Town Hall Square, Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA
This DEMONSTRATION is intended to send a message to Local, State, Federal and international Governments that it is their duty and responsibility to protect and safeguard the people of the world .
The wind industry and the industrial wind turbine agenda through unrealistic government mandates has been given license to exceed the boundaries of human tolerance of this world wide nuisance.
A final hearing will be held and a vote will be taken to grant a special permit for the illegally built wind turbine known as Wind 1.
Many Falmouth victims, friends and citizens have been suffering physically, emotionally, financially for well over 6 years now .
The wind turbine victims have described this assault on them as infrasonic acoustical trespassing (aka) torture.
This kind of abuse can no longer be tolerated or ignored by such tyrannical governmental agencies.
The purpose of the demonstration is to sound the alarm ; to be the shot heard around the world.
The unregulated intentional harm to all men, woman and children of the world will not go unchallenged anymore.
Only you can help change this assault on humanity all concerned citizens from everywhere are welcome and encouraged to attend.
JUSTICE for the victims in Falmouth will set the standards for people around the world.
For more information contact : David Moriarty 774 521 8474 or email email@example.com
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.”