While I agree with state Sen. Dawn Euer’s environmental justice bill, I dislike her pitch for more ocean wind turbines since they have become an environmental problem.
The regional power grid was turned up to a historically high level to increase assimilation of irregular wind power from the Block Island wind turbines.
This power increase is meant to triple financial returns for turbine investors, but power pressure problems started throughout southern New England, causing street, yard, and house pipe separations or drinking water/sewage water with toilet paper squirted into the air.
In October 2020, National- Grid’s London website for investors glorified Rhode Island and how much money investors would make. The site boasted the state government promised National Grid and partners they could do any “green” project, with no Rhode Island or federal oversight.
Point Judith Capital’s October website noted hiring an ocean turbine technical specialist to enhance financial returns for investors.
When the Block Island turbines went in place, vibrations/ noise increased to 22-24 daily hours inside homes from the pressure on municipal water, sewer and off-island gas pipes… all at some point connected to equipment tied into the grid.
Most can’t hear the noise or feel vibrations, but all can see the pipe separations/ breakage, vibrating glass, etc.
One man felt vibrations at a Little Compton beach, near where a gas pipe goes from Massachusetts heading to Tiverton. An engineer hears and maps the noise from gas lines for people who hear the same. He mapped the Tiverton gas line. A whale died in January near Little Compton. At least four whales have died nearby.
If National Grid and its affiliates lack oversight from Rhode Island and ISO New England, are taxpayers protected?
The regional power grid network should be returned to its historic “low” setting rather than damage the environment: structures, peoples’ health and ocean life.
Or remove the turbines like those in Falmouth, Mass., where neighbors had identical complaints.
Donna Cameron Gricus
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