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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


July 4, 2019 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Without a shadow of a doubt infrasound is causing ill-health’

It is becoming very clear that there are serious health implications around wind farms created by infrasound and there is evidence now that indicates that those who are living within a 2.5km radius of a wind farm are suffering badly – heart palpitations, anxiety, nausea and tinnitus. These were the sentiments expressed by the chairman of the Blackwater Valley Wind Aware Group Paddy Massey this week as he discussed, in detail, the impact a third wind farm in the area . . . Complete story »


July 2, 2019 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Families forced to leave their homes after wind farm breaches planning regulations

A wind farm development comprising 25 wind turbines planned for a picturesque area of Co. Waterford is being met with total opposition by residents in the area. Householders also claim that in nearby Ballyduff – where a wind farm was established recently – a number of families living close by were forced to leave their homes because the development breached planning regulations. There are also claims that those who did stay are now complaining of nausea, tinnitus and insomnia. Meanwhile, . . . Complete story »


June 29, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines near Goderich to be ‘slowed down’ to reduce sound

You could call it an early Canada Day present for some residents north of Goderich, Ont. Following years of complaints over half of the 140 wind turbines in the K2 Wind Farm will be “de-rated” to appease community concerns about noise and infrasound. The plan to “slow down” the turbines during certain wind conditions comes weeks after the wind farm was found to be exceeding government mandated noise regulations. The voluntary “abatement” plan takes effect July 5 and will impact . . . Complete story »


June 27, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Landowners want wind farm overseers fired

It wouldn’t be a county commission meeting without heated discussion of wind farms and roads. Monday, the topics combined when Enel Green Power’s David Mueller presented letters from 26 of Enel’s Diamond Vista wind farm property owners asking the county to fire the firm overseeing Enel’s compliance with road reconstruction standards. “They’re mad,” Mueller said. “They’re very, very upset.” After lengthy discussion, the issue appeared be that some landowners thought they were being forced to use only designated roads to . . . Complete story »


June 27, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm neighbour left without water

What do you do when your home – and farm – no longer have any drinkable water..? For Janene Skidmore, it means drowning in red tape. The Mt Wallace local lives on Ballan-Geelong Rd between the existing Yaloak South windfarm and the much larger Moorabool windfarm which is currently under construction. A contractor has been using explosives to help with the excavation process 500m away – which has caused fine dust believed to be laden with PFAS to blow onto . . . Complete story »


June 23, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Contamination fears over construction of wind farm next to Fiskville

The plumes of dust started drifting over the paddocks as work started on a $300 million project to build a 107-turbine wind farm in the countryside surrounding the Country Fire Authority’s former Fiskville training college. As digging began last year on the deep footings for turbines that will stand 171 metres high, it stirred up dirt that was carried off by the wind. The dust could be seen for miles. And it had some neighbours worried. Tests at nearby Beremboke . . . Complete story »


June 21, 2019 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power losing love in southern Alberta

The persistent westerly winds in Alberta’s southwest are a blessing and a curse, depending on time of year and desired activity. Among those considering it a blessing are renewable energy development companies that have erected hundreds of wind turbines in the region, many of them in the Municipal District of Pincher Creek, where Alberta’s wind energy business began. But as turbine numbers have increased, rural residents once largely supportive of harnessing wind energy are expressing concerns about the size, location . . . Complete story »


June 18, 2019 • ArkansasPrint storyE-mail story

Two Dragonfly execs indicted in wind farm scheme

Opponents of the wind farm collected petitions to force a special election March 1, 2016, to undo the October 2015 annexation of the wind farm site by the city. Voiding the annexation passed 483-273. Dragonfly announced it was dropping the project at the Elm Springs site later the same week. Complete story »


June 17, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Can wind turbines disturb sleep? Research finds pulsing audible in homes up to 3.5km away

A world-first Australian study has found that pulsing wind farm noise is sometimes audible inside a home up to 3.5 kilometres from a turbine, in findings likely to buoy those opposed to the low-emissions technology. The Flinders University research gathered data at nine homes near a single, older-style wind farm in South Australia and did not study year-round conditions. However the researchers say their findings demonstrate the need for further investigation into the potential relationship between wind turbine noise and . . . Complete story »


June 15, 2019 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

EU court: Ireland should pay €1k a day for environment failings

The EU’s top court has said Ireland should be subject to large daily fines, already amounting to almost €4m, for failing to comply with EU legislation that might have prevented landslides caused by the construction of a wind farm in 2003. A legal opinion issued by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has proposed that the State should be handed a daily fine of €1,000 for every day since its earlier ruling on July 3, 2008, until it . . . Complete story »


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