Reposted from The Caledonian Record via Energize Vermont |
Dear Mr. President & To Whom It May Concern:
Know there are more pressing matters in the world, but this is what is pressing on our world.
There really needs to be regulation put in place for when an Industrial Wind Project is built. For starters, not letting the fox guard the hen house. Currently the wind companies are allowed to hire their own sound monitoring company and oversee the whole process. This should be overseen by an unbiased, independent group that has nothing to gain or lose from the results. With the funding coming from the wind companies.
More regulation; should be automatic that any homes within X distance from a project, the wind company should have to make things right with the homeowner. Nothing like this exists now, everything is in favor of the wind companies.
Some pro wind experts say ½ to ¾ of a mile is too close, other studies say 1.5 miles is too close. The human factor of living with the constant annoyance of these machines does not matter to the wind companies.
The current way this is done is unfair to the home owner. Your option is to place a complaint with the wind company to only be told they are in compliance, and to keep a daily noise log. To what end? Good question.
Or complain to the State where it is the Governor helping push as many projects through as fast as possible? No help there.
So what are the real options? Sell? Move? Suffer for someone else’s gain and agenda?
Why should people have to sell or abandon their homes? This is where we have loved, lived and planned to spend the rest of our lives.
We have lived in our home in Sheffield, Vermont for 16 years, the land has been in my husbands family since the late 1970s. Our new neighbors are 16 turbines that line the ridge behind our home. The farthest is not 2 miles away, and the nearest is under Â¾ of a mile away. For some studies almost all 16 are too close. We can see the full blades of 12 turbines from our door.
Before the turbines were built, we felt we did not know enough about Industrial Wind to have an informed opinion. We did not oppose them being built. We did not oppose the many inconveniences during construction that comes with a project this size. We did not oppose the project, not until it was up and running and creating noise. Creating noise that unlike what the wind developers will try and make you believe is distinguishable above natural sounds. This has now been going on for a year.
They have no care of the human factor of being exposed 24/7 to the sounds we can hear being emitted from the turbines, and the infrasound you cannot hear but is there all the same. All of which contribute to Wind Turbine Syndrome. We are our own case study, we now understand and have symptoms.
I can tell you living this close to wind turbines is not natural or normal. We live too close.
I am not feeling myself at all. I’m constantly agitated, annoyed, depressed, sleep deprived and angry. And it does not go away. When the towers are loud my husband is sick to his stomach and can feel the rise in his blood pressure. We see a noticeable change in our 3 year old son, and if we do not feel well, we know they are making our kids not feel well.
I went through hell to have my children. Certainly was not my choice to have our first child at 40. We went through loss (one at five months along), tests, and operations. On our fifth try we had a healthy boy, and we now have a baby girl who will be one in January. And instead of the joy of raising our babies, there is a feeling of being helpless and hopeless.
Helpless to protect our children from the Industrial Wind Project that has been built behind our home. Unable to protect them from the constant noise, annoyance and sleepless nights with all the side effects that go along with it.
The noise for us is at its worst when the wind is coming from the S/SE. When we are not getting the worst of it, other families are. The prospect of more storm systems blowing up the coast is about as frustrating as the noise itself. Know it’s coming and not a thing we can do about it.
After the last round my husband is feeling desperate because there is nothing he can do to protect his family. I’ve been feeling more agitated and working on unreasonable. Not a good combination with two little ones.
They deserve better. We deserve better.
Now, most people would advise us to move as our Dr. has done. We would gladly move, if we had the money. But as most people in this area, we aren’t even close to even being considered middle class. Know very few who are.
We have contacted First Wind. Their only worry is that they are in compliance, and cannot set precedent by giving a homeowner money. We told them we would need $100,000 to $150,000 to move a doublewide home (low end) onto a lot in Derby. Without any final figures we had made it up to $105,000. They have Zero concern of the Human factor.
We have contacted the State. No help will come from there when it’s our Governor helping the wind companies build as many wind projects as quickly as possible. And he has said “all power comes with sacrifice and problems.” And like a child on the playground has lowered himself to name calling all because people have the nerve to oppose his agenda. He has called people “C.A.V.E. – committee against virtually everything. Folks against solar panels, against natural gas, folks against small hydro because it’s going to kill some fish, folks against wind because some bats or bears may be displaced.”
He is uninformed, and he does not understand or care to understand the impacts of turbines on the people who live near them.
Find it interesting he lives no where near a project or proposed project.
I am interested to know, would you live near a wind project with your family?
Please, I ask an behalf of every family that lives near or will live near a project to give this matter some much needed attention.
I thank you very much for your time.
URL to article: https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2012/12/13/letter-to-the-president/