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March 21, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine owner responds to noise, shadow criticism

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – Responding to criticism aired at two recent Town Council meetings about the noise and shadows generated by the town wind turbine, the chairman of the company that owns it said the machine is operating the same, if not better, than the first turbine that stood there. Mark DePasquale, the founder and chairman of Green Development LLC, submitted written testimony to Town Hall. He could not attend the council meeting March 12 because he had to monitor how the . . . Complete story »

March 20, 2018 • KoreaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines destroy local farming village

HONGGGYE-RI, North Gyeongsang Province – Jusan is considered holy by people living in a small farming village in Honggye-ri, North Gyeongsang Province. Rising just a few hundred meters behind the village, the pine tree-clad mountain is where people traditionally pray for a son. “We see beauty in nature every day,” 62-year-old Park Chung-lak, who grows apples in the village, said on a recent afternoon. “And it needs respect and admiration.” The top of the mountain is destined to be destroyed to . . . Complete story »

March 17, 2018 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Opponents say Block Island wind farms are causing problems across prime fishing grounds

NEW BEDFORD – The five enormous turbines that have been generating electricity off Block Island over the past year are considered a model for the future of offshore wind. But the nation’s first ocean-based wind farm also has exposed what fishermen say are serious threats to them caused by scattering massive metal shafts and snaking underwater cables across prime fishing grounds. With state officials poised to announce the winners of bids to develop much larger wind farms south of Martha’s Vineyard, . . . Complete story »

March 14, 2018 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

12 arrested in Italian anti-mafia operation

A renowned entrepreneur in the wind power industry in Sicily, Vito Nicastri, was among the 12 people arrested on Tuesday, Ansa reported. The man has long been suspected of providing key support to the run of Messina Denaro -- following accusations by mobster-turned informants -- and his assets have been subjected to preventive seizures in the past. Complete story »

March 14, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Portsmouth residents say they’re not being heard over turbine noise

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – Residents frustrated by the town turbine’s noises and shadows pleaded with the Town Council on Monday to force its owner and operator to mitigate the problems. Town Council President Keith Hamilton repeatedly advised the aggrieved individuals to deal directly with the company, North Kingstown-based Green Development LLC, and its founder and chairman, Mark DePasquale. “If you haven’t reached out to (the company), please do so,” Hamilton said. “We have leased out the property and it is currently the . . . Complete story »

March 13, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Academic approach to water well problems

Bill Clarke, a retired hydrogeologist who has been working with [Water Wells First], said he is not opposed to alternative green energy sources, including wind generators. “What I am opposed to is a disregard for people's right to have access to clean water and the dismissive attitude towards obvious changes in the water quality of the contact aquifer,” he added. Clarke said it is “statistically unlikely” that this number of families would experience the “extreme change in water quality, specifically turbidity, at the same time without an obvious, recent geological event like an earthquake, or in this case, an anthropological event – the construction and operation of the wind towers.” Complete story »

March 11, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

University of Windsor to investigate Chatham-Kent well issues

A University of Windsor department head is in the early stages of planning a research study involving Chatham-Kent water wells. Dr. Joel Gagnon is an associate professor and department head of Earth and Environmental Sciences and is planning to research why water conditions have deteriorated over the years for well owners in the area. “I run an environmental field school for undergraduate students in our environmental sciences program,” says Gagnon. “I try to keep in contact with alumni about opportunities . . . Complete story »

March 9, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Chatham-Kent residents take water wells fight to Queen’s Park

A group of Chatham-Kent residents took their fight for better water to Queen’s Park. Members of the Water Wells First group held a news conference in Toronto on Thursday, hoping to get more attention to an issue that has been discussed locally for more than a year. The group is upset with the North-Kent wind farm, which they say is harming their water. The residents were joined by Essex NDP MPP Taras Natyshak, who with the Council of Canadians, called . . . Complete story »

March 9, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Natyshak booted from legislature for demanding minister drink CK well water

Essex MPP Taras Natyshak was ejected from Queen’s Park Thursday after holding up a water sample, black with sediment, and demanding the acting minister of environment and climate change “take a drink.” The NDP MPP began his statement by welcoming members of Water Wells First, a group of rural families from Chatham-Kent who claim the constriction of North Kent Wind, a wind turbine farm owned by Pattern Energy, has been causing dangerous sediments to seep into their water. “Water is . . . Complete story »

March 7, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Chatham Township couple growing frustrated as water well remains clogged

The frustration continues for a Chatham couple, whose water well has gone bad shortly after nearby wind turbines began spinning, leaving them relying on bottled water and family. Now they have learned the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is leaving it up the consultant hired by the developers of the North Kent Wind farm to determine if they have a right to have a source of water provided to them. “It’s just like getting punched in the gut,” Jim . . . Complete story »

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