Wind Power News: Complaints
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South Wicklow residents living in the shadow of the Raheenleagh Wind Farm had a simple message for the elected members of Wicklow County Council this week: help us. At Monday’s meeting of Wicklow County Council, three members of the Raheenleagh/Ballinvalley Wind Action Group gave a damning, and at times emotional, description of how their lives have changed for the worst since the wind farm became operational last year. Eugene Clune, a farmer living and working in Ballinvalley Upper, told members . . .
Everything that was normal in Colleen Clune’s life is gone since the Raheenleagh Wind Farm powered into life. The Wexford native, who is married to Eugene, told the elected members last Monday that she ‘fell in love with Ballinvalley Upper’ but that their lives have been turned upside down by the turbines. The working mum, who has a three-year-old and a second child due in May, said she is not subjected to the wind farm during the day as she . . .
Councillors were quick to voice their support for the families living close to the Raheenleagh Wind Farm and asked that the matter be put back on the agenda for April’s meeting so that it doesn’t get forgotten about. Speaking after the presentation at last Monday’s county council meeting, Cllr Shay Cullen said that the families were living a ‘horrendous nightmare’. He said that there had been much discussion about wind farms in the past and that the council had tried . . .
With forest fires keeping officials on their toes, a wary eye has been kept on transmission lines that criss-cross Kappatagudda hills. Forest officials allege that one of the four cases of forest fire recorded in the past week is linked to sparks emitting from a transmission line in the the area. They have filed a case under Section 24 C(I) of the Karnataka Forest Act against a major wind power generating firms, while instructing firms to take safety precautions. There . . .
BUZZARDS BAY – When Larry McGrath walked into a January meeting of the Buzzards Bay Citizens Action Committee and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection he apologized. At first it was because he was a few minutes late, but later he again said he was sorry for another reason: McGrath, who lives on Lake Drive in Plymouth, often apologizes to Buzzards Bay residents because his town greenlighted four wind turbines just over the line on the Keith Mann cranberry bog. Since . . .
[Criminal infiltration of seized wind energy facilities in Sicily] Tra le proprietà sequestrate spicca il parco eolico ‘Wind farm’ di Isola di Capo Rizzuto (Crotone) che è tra i più grandi d’Europa per estensione e potenza erogata. E per questo sul registro degli indagati finirono 31 persone: esponenti delle cosche locali, imprenditori, tecnici e pubblici funzionari, con accuse che andavano dal riciclaggio all’interposizione fittizia di beni e societa’, dal falso all’abuso d’ufficio, tutte aggravate dall’aver agito per favorire la cosca . . .
CHATEAUGAY – The town of Chateaugay will be investigating the level of noise generated by the Jericho Rise Wind Farm after receiving several noise complaints. Town Supervisor Don Bilow said that the town would be seeking an independent third party to conduct noise tests for the Chateaugay portion of Jericho Rise wind farm. Twenty-nine of the wind farm’s 37 turbines are located in Chateaugay, with the other eight in Bellmont. Both the town of Chateaugay and the town of Bellmont have . . .
NUECES COUNTY – The Chapman Ranch Wind Farm is going up south of town and while the 81-turbine system will generate millions of kilowatt hours for retail providers, statewide, there are few regulations governing its operation. The reality is hitting home for Javier Ojeda, whose 60 acre ranch is about a mile from the site, which will cover dozens of acres in Nueces County just outside the City of Corpus Christi’s jurisdiction. Ojeda’s concerns began the day the drainage ditch . . .
The Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) has started an investigation into whether there was a conflict of interest between the private sector and state authorities in the land lease project for wind farm projects. Auditor-General Pisit Leelavachiropas said Sunday that the agency has been examining whether there were “conflicts of interest” in allocating Sor Por Kor land to private firms operating wind farms, when it was specifically supposed to go to landless farmers. The agency is looking into the actions . . .
AMITY, Mo. – Neighbors no longer talk. They won’t even wave when they drive by a this town torn apart by technology. To understand why just ask Sam Perkins to turn on his television. After just a few minutes of watching, you can see the frustration on his face. FOX 4 is the best signal he gets, but even that is unwatchable. The picture either freezes, breaks up or goes to black every few seconds. “We have no useable channels,” said . . .