I have been following your fine coverage of the wind turbine proposal for a commercial wind turbine of 440ft. for Great Hill Stone Estate Marion. I was present at the last AEC meeting, two plus weeks ago, where many voices were heard on both sides of this issue. A suggestion was put forth by the chairman, Bill Saltonstall. He suggested that concerned residents visit the West Falmouth turbine site, which has been up and running since last April. It is close in size to the 400 ft. structure which is being proposed for Great Hill. Since I know and respect the AEC chairman, I decided to get some East Marion residents this past Sunday and visit not only the turbine site but some of the nearby homeowners as well.
The wind was from the So. West at apx. 10 kts. The homes were located anywhere from 1,300 to 2,000 feet from the site. They were downwind in a low lying area. We visited three homes and spoke with three owners. The noise level at all three sites was like engine noise from a jet engine with a background thumping, which was low level but very aggravating. We were absolutely overwhelmed by the noise.
The homes of these folks ranged in size from modest contemporary to two 3,000-foot colonial types. There were solar panels, wood stoves and evidence of active Green Living.
We went to the actual turbine site. The noise there was loud but nothing compared to the noise resonance at the houses we visited. I am not an expert in sound wave dynamics but I do know that sound travels out in concentric circles from a central spot. If people go to the site to observe for themselves, they need to move away from the site for a good 1,500 to 3,000 feet to understand the impact on any structures within a healthy radius of the sound origin.
The people I spoke with believed, initially, that the impact of a wind turbine would be tolerable. All three expressed feelings of despair and extreme sadness that they cannot enjoy their properties. Their homes are lovely. Their lives are terribly compromised. One owner wants to move. He can’t find a buyer. This owner, of the large solar paneled home, asked me if I would buy it from him. I left feeling really depressed and scared.
Please selectmen and Stone family members go and see for yourselves. The wind conditions must be so that the turbine is working. West Falmouth homeowners said that sound disturbances are much less in No. West winds. Please keep that in mind. I am trying to keep my mind open. It is now very difficult to do so.
Piney Point, Marion
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