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Resource Documents: Italy (7 items)


Unless indicated otherwise, documents presented here are not the product of nor are they necessarily endorsed by National Wind Watch. These resource documents are shared here to assist anyone wishing to research the issue of industrial wind power and the impacts of its development. The information should be evaluated by each reader to come to their own conclusions about the many areas of debate. • The copyrights reside with the sources indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations.

Date added:  April 3, 2009
Aesthetics, Emissions, Environment, Europe, ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

Charter of Palermo

Author:  Palermo Wind Energy Conference

After a two day international conference in Palermo, the representatives of twenty important cultural and environmental organizations, artists and academics, in the presence of Honourable former President of the French Republic, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, at the invitation of the Honourable President of the Sicily Region, express their great concern about the ongoing devastation of the European rural landscape caused by wind power plants.

The European landscape in its beauty is a treasure of European culture, and has been entrusted for centuries from one generation to another. It is the responsibility of our generation to leave it not devastated by industrial instruments.

The beauty of the European landscape is not only a cultural heritage, but also a space of remembrance and identification. To destroy the rural landscape would also mean to deprive the rural regions of their economic base tourism.

We draw attention to these facts knowing that the lobby of wind power plant investors is very strong and aggressive, and great sums of money are involved.

We are aware that ways have to be found to contribute to the production of non-carbonic energies. But we are convinced that wind power plants are not the right solution.

Considering all this, we ask, with great concern, that the European Commission, National Governments, Parliaments, Regional and Local Authorities, take immediate steps to safeguard the European landscape.

We recommend that the European Union establish a Moratorium on the installation of wind power plants, in order to take adequate time to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Strict rules must be approved for the defence of biodiversity, strictly banning the installation of wind power plants inside the boundaries of the protected areas like SIC, ZPS, National and Regional Parks, with sufficient setbacks;
  2. The member states must identify areas of sensitive landscapes with particular cultural or identity values, inside of which it is forbidden to construct any industrial wind power plant. This rule must also establish that no wind power plant should be visible from point of view throughout these sensitive areas.
  3. Undertake a thorough study of the external and internal costs of industrial wind power plants, clarifying the relation between costs and benefits. In particular, any financial and fiscal advantages must be publicly discussed and examined by national accounting authorities in the context of any liabilities;
  4. Wind power plants should not be considered as privileged industrial enterprises. They must be approved or rejected on the same terms as any other industrial development;
  5. The member states of the Union commit themselves to ensure that the decisions concerning the new installation of wind power plants be conducted with maximum transparency and, according to the rules of local democracy, after a public and democratic debate, assuring open consultation with the people of the targeted area.

Finally, we implore the leaders of all nations to be deeply concerned about their constitutional responsibilities related to the impact of massive wind development on the environment, the landscape and, not least, biodiversity.

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Date added:  January 2, 2008
Health, Human rights, Italy, NoisePrint storyE-mail story

Italian Windfarm Diary

Author:  Mair, Gail

This is a twelve-month diary (January 2007 through December 2007) meticulously kept by Gail Mair, who lives with her husband Walter in Tuscany, Italy. Gail (fluent in English, German, and Italian) and Walter (a native of Italy) bought this piece of property some years ago, and in October 2006 they moved into the modest house they had built. It was to be their retirement home.

As they were finishing construction of their new home, the Spanish wind company Gamesa was finishing up building its windfarm in their neighborhood. In November 2006, a month after Gail and Walter had their house-warming party, the turbines were turned on.

Their lives ever since have been hellish (except for brief trips away). Day after day. Relentless. Unending. Gail and Walter have asked that their diary be circulated widely, in the hope of saving other communities and individuals from the misery and horror they are living through.

Contact information (address, email, and phone) is given at the end of the diary, which is presented exactly as Gail wrote it, honey bees and all (they are hobby beekeepers).

The entries speak for themselves. On re-reading what we’ve been through this year it sounds like someone’s worst nightmare – and so it has been. The idea that someone, somewhere has made a lot of money by effectively dispossessing us, doesn’t bear thinking about, but it happens all the time, all over the world and the horror is creeping nearer home…

This odyssey has filled our lives for a year and we’re now facing the financial consequences. The effort put into research and documenting everything has cost us the energy we needed to become integrated and look for suitable work. One of the reasons I gave up my job in the hotel was that I was simply exhausted and couldn’t ‘tank up’ [relax & regenerate] at home. Whatever the outcome we are now being forced to go elsewhere to look for work because it is impossible to concentrate here.

The more people know about this, the better.

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Date added:  December 26, 2007
Health, Italy, NoisePrint storyE-mail story

Letter to Nina Pierpont describing wind turbine effects on health

Author:  Mair, Gail

24th December 2007

Dear Dr Pierpont,

In 1999 my husband and I bought a piece of land in Tuscany (Scansano) in the province of Grosseto. During the following 7 years we built our house and in October 2006 we moved from Germany, where we had been working and living, to our new home. We arrived just in time to see the last of 10 wind turbines (121m) erected on the hills opposite our house (Parco Eolico di Scansano). The nearest to us is approximately 350-400m as the crow flies. We had not been informed of this beforehand.

Since that time I have suffered from various ‘problems’ that I’d never had before, ranging from a general sense of agitation to depression and panic attacks during the night. I hear a low pulsating buzzing sound most of the time even when the turbines are not moving I consulted a doctor in the town and was offered mood ‘elevators’ to help me deal with the situation. I did not accept, even though I was assured that the medication was free of charge.

The situation made me incapable of maintaining my usually cheerful nature and going about my normal daily life. In the end we decided (my husband, Walter, and I) that I should return to Germany, look for a place to rent and pick up my old life and work (I left 8th October 2007). Once away from my Italian house I returned to normal and thought that perhaps I’d just been having a bad phase or it was my age (I’m 52), so I did not look for somewhere permanent to live.

Both of us suffered from the separation, so I returned on 18th December 2007 and was almost immediately struck by uncontrollable bouts of crying. I’ve lost my concentration again and my studies at the Open University, which I started in October 2007 may also suffer as a result. The worst of the matter is that I would now rather avoid meeting other people because they don’t understand the nature of my depression. I have also been treated as a hysteric by some of the people responsible. However, most of all I feel sorry for Walter, who is very kind and understanding, because it is an added burden for him. He is a gardener and there are days when it is impossible for him to work in the garden because of the noise.

See Gail’s 2007 diary of 2007 (click here).

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