I read the recent letter by Kathy Krause “Beware of wind tower agreements” (Aug. 29). I did not sign up for wind turbines, but I look out my window and count 13 turbines within two miles, and they are 590 feet tall. These giant 3.8 megawatt turbines are the tallest on-shore turbines in the United States.
The Public Utilities Commission was not concerned about testing them first. We sleep in the basement most of the time now, but lots of days we talk about moving. The problem is “infrasound.” It is a low frequency sound that the ear cannot hear but the body can feel. It can do damage to your health whether you feel it or not. Symptoms are headaches, ringing ears, anxiety, nausea, chest and head pressure. Dr. Mariana Alves Pereira from Portugal is the world’s utmost authority on infrasound. Her advice to us was buy a camper or just “get the h— out.”
The wind developer tries to keep your mind on audible sound. They write the setback, shadow flicker and audible sound limits, and the county zoning boards and commissioners usually go along with it. But they never talk about infrasound. Instead, when you sign a wind lease you sign a “confidentiality clause” that forbids you from complaining about anything. Once you sign that contract, they own you. So, if you live under a wind farm, underground cables and cut up fields are the least of your problems. Your health is at risk. And don’t think of having a private meeting with the governor or bringing the issue before the Legislature. That has been tried. South Dakota has bought into the Green New Deal, and people who live in these rural areas are just “collateral damage.”
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