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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.


September 19, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Bald Hills Wind Farm cover-up exposed

It’s a wind farm, not a mushroom farm. But as the Supreme Court of Victoria heard last week, that old adage about keeping them in the dark and feeding them on horse manure, certainly applies to the relationship between the operators of the Bald Hills Wind Farm and neighbouring farmers. What can only be described as an extensive cover-up to hide such things as evidence of the highly irritating noise coming from faulty turbine gearboxes, came to light during a . . . Complete story »


September 19, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Neighbours suing Gippsland wind farm in Supreme Court over ‘excessive noise’

The operator of a Victorian wind farm being sued by neighbours for allegedly emitting excessive noise says its turbines have a mechanical issue which create a distinctive sound. Two neighbours of the Bald Hills wind farm at Tarwin Lower in Gippsland, John Zakula and Noel Uren, are seeking civil damages in the Victorian Supreme Court. They claim the noise is excessive and they also want the wind turbines turned down or off at certain times. The court was told that . . . Complete story »


September 15, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Councillors reject proposal for wind farms 500 metres from homes in Laois

Councillors in Laois rejected a council management proposal to scrap the existing 1.5kilometre set back distance of wind turbines from homes, and instead reduce the distance to 500 metres. The issue came up for discussion during the meeting on the County’s Chief Executive’s report on the draft Laois County Development Plan 2021-2027 on Wednesday 1 September. After the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) had studied the draft plan it recommended that a section of the plan should be amended . . . Complete story »


September 10, 2021 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Oregon farmers allege violations at wind turbine project

Several farmers have complained to Oregon energy regulators that wind turbine construction in Sherman County has caused severe erosion and other problems. A letter from 11 farmers to the state’s Energy Facility Siting Council alleges that developer Avangrid Renewables has failed to comply with requirements for building the Golden Hills Wind Project, which will include up to 51 turbines on 29,500 acres. “We’ve lost more soil in the last two months than we have in 30 years,” said David Pinkerton, . . . Complete story »


September 9, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm neighbour had to sleep at the beach

So loud was the roaring and constant “woosh, woosh, woosh” of the Bald Hills Wind Farm turbine blades, after they became operational in 2015, that neighbouring landowner, John Zakula, had to clear out at night, on dozens of occasions, especially during winter, and sleep in his car at the beach. The late-night excursions, sometimes at 12 midnight or 2.00 in the morning, he said, happened two and three times-a-month in winter between 2015 and 2021, but also extended from April . . . Complete story »


September 9, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm trial in Supreme Court hears plaintiff slept in car to avoid ‘roaring’ of turbines

The Supreme Court trial over whether a Victorian wind farm was a nuisance to two its neighbours has heard one of the men often resorted to sleeping in his car by the beach to escape the noise of the nearby turbines. The evidence from retired engineer John Zakula came on the fourth day of the trial, in which he and co-plaintiff Noel Uren are seeking damages from the Bald Hills wind farm. They are claiming damages for lost income and . . . Complete story »


September 6, 2021 • ArkansasPrint storyE-mail story

Two Arkansas men found guilty of fraud, money laundering in connection with proposed Elm Springs wind farm

A federal jury convicted two Arkansas men for wire fraud, aiding and abetting wire fraud, money laundering and aiding and abetting money laundering in connection with the development of a wind turbine that was never operational and a proposed wind farm project in Elm Springs that was never constructed. According to a news release from the United States Attorney’s Office Western District of Arkansas, court documents and evidence at that trial showed Jody Douglas Davis, 46, of Searcy, and Phillip . . . Complete story »


August 26, 2021 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Éoliennes “tueuses” près de Nozay : le couple Potiron demande une nouvelle expertise électrique

Le couple Potiron sollicite le tribunal pour réaliser de nouveaux tests sur les câbles électriques du parc éolien des Quatre seigneurs, dans la région de Nozay (Loire-Atlantique). Au milieu de son étable, Didier Potiron se tourne vers ses génisses pour les emmener paître dans un champ voisin. En arrière-plan, une vache boitille sur son lit de paille. « Malheureusement, celle-là va devoir partir à l’abattoir », se désole l’éleveur de Puceul (Loire-Atlantique). Comme beaucoup d’autres, sa normande souffre d’inflammations musculaires et articulaires, . . . Complete story »


August 26, 2021 • ArkansasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine farm project marked by federal defendants’ broken promises, unpaid bills

FAYETTEVILLE – Two men on trial in federal court on fraud charges involving an Elm Springs wind farm that was never built left a string of unpaid bills and broken promises in their wake, according to testimony Wednesday. Nathan Rudolf said he did some work for the company free because he believed in the wind farm’s concept. Later on, Rudolf was hired at Dragonfly, the company promoting the project, in 2015 as director of project management with a promised salary of . . . Complete story »


August 17, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Anger over weather mast as Monasterevin wind farm appeal decision is due

A number of Monasterevin residents living near a site where a wind farm was refused planning permission were astonished to see an 80m mast erected there at the end of last month. Kildare County Council’s decision to refuse permission for the development at Ummeras had been appealed to An Bord Pleanala. A decision is not due from the board until tomorrow, August 17. The Monasterevin and Rathangan Wind Awareness group contacted Statkraft, the company behind the project, to find out . . . Complete story »


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