For all the pretty and annoyingly inane words recently emitted in their media release by Akuo, the developer of the Granite Hills Wind Farm proposed for Brown Mountain, the fact remains that wind turbines emit lots of annoying, damaging infrasound and low frequency noise – ILFN – that is known to cause sleep deprivation and illness.
Dr Mariana Alves-Pereira: “The idea that we have to perceive the agent of disease for it to do harm is wrong…different tissues respond differently to different frequencies.”
We don’t see X-rays, radiation or viruses, but we know these can harm us. So too can the specific modulation signature of ILFN emitted by wind turbines hurt us.
There are voluminous studies confirming these ill effects, including graphic accounts of regret expressed by wind turbine hosts at a SA Senate Committee Hearing on wind turbines, recorded in Hansard on 10/6/2015. Suffering from “unbearable sleep destroying noise” is not lessened by the $1million income for hosting 19 wind turbines.
It is time governments considered fully the health implications of ILFN when siting wind farms near people’s homes. Ideally, there should be a buffer of 20km to all residences, or at least 5km, plus effective noise mitigation products installed to minimise harmful effects on people who otherwise become forced to consider abandoning their homes.
As wind farms are spreading more and more across our landscapes, getting taller and more intense, more and more people are shocked to feel the realities of living near them and shocked that their problems are being ignored by wind industry developers, councils and governments.
We could all become “collateral damage”, unless current outdated guidelines are reassessed soon. There is even a petition being raised on change.org about this – well worth everyone reading: “Stop all wind turbine projects until ‘infrasound’ health issues have been investigated”
Michaela Samman, Bemboka
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