[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Where next for turbines?  

To the 98 Town Meeting members who voted “no” to the wind turbine project, I applaud you. If you came undecided, let me tell you that the cards were already stacked and the die was cast.

For the record, Moderator Brian Bowcock appeared biased, Wind Wise was not allowed to set up their video ahead of time, and developer James Sweeney with his panel was allowed to give a lengthy, redundant hour-and-a-half presentation which wore out the listeners. In comparison, Wind Wise had very little time to state their case. If a voter was hoping to hear both sides equally, it was not going to happen.

What bothered me most was that residents who were directly affected by the turbines were just not given the chance to have a voice. Members voted to allow three Fairhaven residents to speak about their neighborhoods and how they would be directly affected. Only one resident was allowed to speak. At that time, mob rule took over, and the moderator did not silence them.

Another member was trying to remind people that they should give these two women the chance to speak as they had originally voted.

Someone then motioned to take the vote, and the rest is history.

I have been doing hours of research and I am still convinced that this is a bad plan for Fairhaven. Even with the noise factor aside, it is not a good financial plan if you study it carefully. I believe that many members voted because of their fear of global warming, or they were influenced by skewed and erroneous information given to them by the developer and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.

Developers could be looking at more areas in Fairhaven to put turbines. Perhaps the center of town will be targeted next, or land in East Fairhaven where Selectman Manzone lives, or maybe the state forest on West Island. Maybe Atlas Tack land will be rezoned, or they will look at Fort Phoenix.

Developers should get the support of our selectmen who live in these neighborhoods since they are supportive of industrial wind turbines. Even more money would be brought into the town, and as we’ve been told, noise and shadow are not a factor. Don’t worry if the turbines will be too loud when they come to your neighborhood. After all, like the Little Bay residents and those two women who were not allowed to speak, you will “just have to get used to it.”

Joyce Pottel



3 June 2007

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher 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. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.