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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.

November 8, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Seller of wind turbines charged in $1 million fraud scheme

The owner of a southern Minnesota wind-power company has been charged with a $1 million fraud, allegedly spending his customers’ money on such personal items as Timberwolves season tickets and a down payment on a lakefront home. Kerry Kisslinger of suburban Houston was CEO of the now-defunct ES Windpower Inc. of Emmons, Minn., which sold wind turbines to farmers, ranchers and others in Minnesota and across the Midwest. From 2012 to 2015, Kisslinger allegedly defrauded customers by taking their money . . . Complete story »

November 4, 2018 • Blogs, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

The rotors of sickness… Wind energy proponents refuse to acknowledge proven wind turbine health hazards

A report on infrasound (low frequency sound below 20 Hz) by German public television ZDF here further reveals how infrasound from wind turbines causes widespread health issues, despite claims by “experts” that these illnesses are “in peoples’ heads” and not really real. The dubious argument that “if you can’t hear it, then it can’t hurt you” is often used. It turns out that in the case of infrasound from wind turbines, this is not true at all. Hat-tip: Agnes Doolan . . . Complete story »

November 2, 2018 • Blogs, General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines in 2018

In October 1986, I presented a keynote address to the Community Noise Conference held in Toowoomba, co-sponsored by the Queensland Division of Noise Abatement and Air Pollution and the Australian Acoustical Society. The title of my talk was “Health Hazards of Noise.” In my talk, I spoke of noise as not just an urban phenomenon and gave examples of how residents in quieter communities can find themselves exposed to intrusive noises. One example I gave was the following: Imagine how . . . Complete story »

November 2, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Tories moving on health hazard study into wind turbines

The Ontario government appears to be ready to move ahead with a health hazard study into wind turbines in Chatham-Kent. The issue was highlighted during the provincial election earlier this year, with Premier Doug Ford pledging to undertake an investigation into local wind farms and their issues with neighbouring water wells. Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton on Thursday explained what action has taken place, after Essex MPP Taras Natyshak raised the issue during Question Period at Queen’s Park on Oct. 16. . . . Complete story »

November 1, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

‘You can’t sleep’: Wind turbines fanning farmers’ fury

A retired engineer who moved to the country for peace and quiet has been deprived of a good night’s sleep for three years. Not long after John Zakula moved to his south Gippsland property, a company erected 52 wind turbines on surrounding properties, all of which are about 130 metres tall. Mr Zakula claims the constant humming drives him out of his home in the early hours of the morning to sleep in his car on the side of the . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Contractor for major windfarm forced to deny ‘slave labour’ claims

A contractor for a major Moray Firth windfarm project has been accused of shutting out UK workers in favour of “cheap foreign labour”. Contracts seen by Energy Voice, the Press and Journal’s sister website, indicate a number of non-EU nationals on Seaway Heavy Lifting’s (SHL’s) Stanislav Yudin crane vessel have been earning below the national minimum wage. SHL has denied allegations of underpaying foreign workers on the SSE-operated Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm project. But Liam Wilson, an inspector for the . . . Complete story »

October 26, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Bourne health board declares Plymouth turbines a nuisance

After years of hearing complaints of noise, headaches and sleep deprivation, the Bourne Board of Health declared Wednesday that the four wind turbines across the town border in Plymouth are negatively affecting public health. “The avenues in front of this board are pretty exhausted,” said Kathleen Peterson, chairwoman of the Board of Health. “We can’t stop their license.” The board will communicate to the Plymouth Board of Health its determination that the turbines are a nuisance to the residents of . . . Complete story »

October 25, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Crudine Ridge Wind Farm: Stop work over, clearing work recommences

Construction of the Crudine Ridge Wind Farm has recommenced following an investigation by the NSW Government into alleged excessive vegetation clearing. Under its approvals process, wind farm operator CWP Renewables was permitted to clear some vegetation along Aarons Pass Road to allow 67.2 metre long blades for 37 wind turbines to be transported to the site. However, some residents soon lodged concerns that tree clearing limits had been breached and CWP voluntarily stopped work to allow the NSW Department of . . . Complete story »

October 25, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

New sound study indicates sound violation for Sheffield Wind

SHEFFIELD – For several years, one old-school Vermont senior has been the tip of the spear in the fight against industrial-scale wind turbines – local resident Paul Brouha. Brouha, 73, lives just over 6,000 feet from the nearest turbine of the Sheffield Wind project, a green energy installation comprised of 16 418-foot-tall turbines. In 2011, Brouha filed his first complaint with what today is known as the Public Utilities Commission. Today, he finally feels that his repeated complaints and financial investments into . . . Complete story »

October 22, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Migrants building £2.6bn windfarm paid fraction of minimum wage

Workers hired to build the flagship £2.6bn Beatrice offshore windfarm in Scotland have included migrants without proper immigration documents paid a fraction of the UK minimum wage, the Guardian can reveal. Offshore windfarming is one of the UK’s biggest growth industries, hailed by both the Conservatives and Labour as a priority for investment that will create thousands of jobs while also producing clean energy. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers’ union (RMT) have . . . Complete story »

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