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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

May 9, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Water Wells First gaining support for health hazard investigation

If the Ontario Liberals don’t return to power after the June 7 election, a local citizen group will be well positioned to get some action on their concerns over water wells in the north Chatham-Kent area. With less than a month before Ontarians go to the polls, Water Wells First has received a written commitment from the leaders of four political parties – The Progressive Conservatives, the New Democrats, the Green Party and the Trillium Party – a health hazard . . . Complete story »

May 6, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Phone records link wind industry group to political consultant who had Oklahoma legislator tracked

The OSBI has found new evidence linking a wind energy group to the political consultant who had a state legislator tracked, The Oklahoman has learned. “It’s pretty obvious,” Rep. Mark McBride said of the evidence from the subpoenaed phone records of Texas political consultant George C. Shipley. McBride, R-Moore, has blamed the wind industry ever since finding a GPS tracker on his pickup the evening of Dec. 4. He was told about the new evidence Thursday when a special agent . . . Complete story »

May 2, 2018 • Ontario, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Citizens’ group charges Environment Minister with violation of Environmental Protection Act

The president of Wind Concerns Ontario (WCO), a volunteer-led coalition of 30 community groups and many Ontario families, has filed a private prosecution against the Honourable Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), for violating Ontario’s Environmental Protection Act (EPA). Private prosecutions are important tools in empowering private citizens to hold those persons in power to account. The EPA prohibits anyone from permitting the “discharge of a contaminant into the natural environment, if the discharge causes or . . . Complete story »

May 1, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Province bans pile driving for new wind turbine project in Chatham-Kent

A turbine project approved for western Chatham-Kent has been told by the province not to use a pile driving technique that some residents say ruined their water wells when other projects came to the area. Romney Energy Centre GP Inc. applied to build 18 turbines on a private piece of land near Wheatley, with the remaining infrastructure in Lakeshore. The project, named the Romney Wind Energy Centre, has been approved by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, along . . . Complete story »

April 28, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Living near municipal wind turbines has residents on guard

Ellen Andrew-Kasper says she struggles to stay awake when she drives because of lack of sleep; David Kennedy leaves home to avoid headaches caused by the flicker of light and shadow through his windows, and Valerie Vitali thought she was having neurological problems from the same light and shadow flicker. The three South Shore residents have only one thing in common: they live within a mile of a wind turbine. “I’ve complained about it from the very beginning,” Andrew-Kasper said . . . Complete story »

April 28, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Installation of windmills damaging cultivable lands’

Protesting the erection of windmills on cultivable lands and the “authoritarian attitude” of officials of wind turbine generator installation companies, farmers appealed to Collector N. Venkatesh here on Friday to check this menace immediately. During the farmers’ grievance redressal meet held here on Friday, a group of agriculturists from North Silukkanpatti, holding banners against wind turbine generators installation companies, rushed towards the seat of the Collector, who was chairing the meeting. “Since the wind turbine generators installation companies are installing . . . Complete story »

April 25, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

‘It’s made my life hell’: Neighbour on a mission to get farmer’s wind turbine demolished

Damien Rice is in a race against time to get a giant wind turbine – which has no planning permission – demolished. As a bricklayer, the Castlewellan man is usually happier seeing things built but when his neighbour erected a huge turbine close to his home all he has dreamed of is seeing it torn down. Headaches, glare from the sun and noise that disturbs their lives on a daily basis are the main complaints about the 40m structure from . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Clarity hearing scheduled for four public officials in Delta County

DELTA COUNTY – A clarity hearing has been scheduled for four public officials in Delta County. Kristi Curry and Autumn Moore have filed a recall wording to recall Garden Township Supervisor Morgan Tatrow and Fairbanks Township Supervisor Ron Collins, Clerk Kathryn Denholm and Trustee James Dalgord. The election commission, comprised of Judge Goebel, County Treasurer Tom Sabor and County Clerk Nancy Kolich, will hold a clarity hearing on May 7 to approve or deny the recall petition wording. The request . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners view video of loud turbine

BAD AXE – A resident showed the Huron County Board of Commissioners video that he feels demonstrates issues with a wind developer’s sound protocol. Robert Gaffke of Bloomfield Township has a long-standing complaint against Heritage Sustainable Energy, which built the two Big Turtle Wind Farms in Huron County. Big Turtle II borders Gaffke’s property, and he has been before both county commissioners and county planners many times in the past 18 months complaining about noise from turbines. Gaffke would not allow . . . Complete story »

April 15, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Case closed on Kidder Hill windmill complaint

IRASBURG – A violation investigation into the siting of two small windmills on Kidder Hill is officially closed, with property owner David Blittersdorf agreeing to pay $10,000 to the state without admitting any violation. Blittersdorf has already taken down the two wind mills. The neighbor who brought the complaint, Robert Garthwaite, and other parties agreed with the payment and conclusion of the case. Garthwaite complained in 2016 that Blittersdorf did not erect his two windmills in the locations described in his . . . Complete story »

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