Wind Power News: Complaints
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.
Robert Gaffke's noise complaint against Heritage Sustainable Energy continues, and the board once again spent considerable time debating how to settle it. Gaffke, of Bloomfield Township, has been complaining since October about a clunking noise coming from a turbine that is part of the Big Turtle Phase II wind farm. He will not allow the company chosen by Heritage to do any noise testing on his property. Gaffke said that wind developers have an "integrity problem." Shortly after he filed the October complaint, Heritage officials offered Gaffke a wind lease, in which he said he would have had to sign off from complaining.
Companies charged with an Environmental Protection Act violation by cutting trees to make way for a wind farm project will be back in a Sarnia court on July 14. Prior to the July 14 appearance the companies will be reviewing the prosecution’s evidence. Contractor AMEC Foster Wheeler Americas Ltd. – along with current wind farm owner Cedar Point II GP Inc. and former owner Suncor Energy Products Inc. – have all been charged under the Environmental Protection Act. The tree . . .
If you’ve taken off from Logan Airport, you’ve probably seen the unusual white wind turbine on Deer Island – the one that looks a bit like a lollipop and stands apart from the two more traditional turbines that produce electricity for the water treatment plant there. The turbine was planted in 2011 by Ogin Inc. as a demonstration of the company’s new technology. (Ogin, at the time, was known as FloDesign Wind Turbine.) Ogin said its “ducted” turbine – the duct refers . . .
A packed Fairlie Village Hall listened to noise experts provide a presentation on the impact of low frequency sound from turbines. Speakers John Dr Yelland and Martin Grosvenor are members of the Independent Noise Working Group who have spoken and advised directly to the UK Government. SSE have made a planning application for the turbine site at Hunterston to be extended by two years, but there have been a number of reports of dizziness and nausea in the local area. . . .
The owners of a wind farm near Canberra are being sued for sparking a catastrophic bushfire in January, in what is believed to be the first class action of its type in Australia. Victorian firm Maddens Lawyers filed the class action against Infigen Energy Ltd in the NSW Supreme Court after a crow electrocuted by a transmission line carrying power from the company’s Woodlawn wind farm sparked the fire, which burned 3400ha and caused up to $20 million damage. The . . .
A Victorian legal firm has mounted a class action over the Currandooley fire which burnt out almost 3400 hectares near Tarago in January. Maddens Lawyers of Warrnambool will represent 33 individuals owning 22 properties in the NSW Supreme Court action. The firm’s class action principal, Brendan Pendergast, said the action alleged that Infigen Energy “was aware of the risk that a bird strike to its high voltage power line could cause a fire.” Further, it was aware of previous similar . . .
Ontario’s environment ministry has finally laid charges in connection to a high-profile woodlot-cutting case involving wind farm developers in Lambton County, The Observer has learned. Contractor AMEC Foster Wheeler Americas Ltd. – along with current wind farm owner Cedar Point II GP Inc. and former owner Suncor Energy Products Inc. – have all been charged under the Environmental Protection Act, an official with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change confirmed in an email. All three companies have been charged . . .
Continued exposure to very low frequency noise or infrasound below the level of hearing may cause symptoms such as sleep disturbance, headache, dizziness, panic attacks and depression as reported internationally by people living near wind turbines, a major German study has found. The study, which used brain scans to monitor the response to auditory stimulation, identified significant activity linked to low frequency noise just below the test subjects’ audible range. Similar brain activity was not found at sound levels above . . .
Panoramic footage has revealed the scale of massive wind farms which are gradually encircling Loch Ness, and which objectors have warned will destroy tourism. Highland Council’s interactive 360-degree photomontage depicts scores of turbines already built or consented. It was shot from the most prominent summit, the 2,294ft Meall Fuar-mhonaidh on the west side of the loch, as part of local authority evidence in its objection to a 13-turbine development planned for another nearby site – Culachy Estate, near Fort Augustus. . . .
A farmer attempted to immolate himself on the Collectorate premises here on Thursday. Balamurugan of South Vaagaikulam near Maanur said a windmill firm, which was installing wind turbine generator, had formed a road via his farm after damaging the fence without getting his consent. He was allegedly threatened by goons hired by the firm and he could not enter his farm due to the presence of these goons. “When I filed a complaint with the Maanur police seeking action against . . .