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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.


June 18, 2011 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind woes

7.30 ACT explores wind farms around Canberra, as a Senate committee prepares to hand down its report on the impact of wind turbines. Complete story »


November 16, 2010 • Australia, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Doctor advises Clean Energy Council to admit adverse health effects of wind turbines

Former rural GP Dr Sarah Laurie condemned a report released by the Clean Energy Council last week as lacking integrity for not admitting that some rural Australians are indeed becoming very ill, when they live or work adjacent to wind turbines. “The major issue for families living in the vicinity of wind turbines is noise for extended periods of time leading to chronic sleep deprivation, which itself is associated with all sorts of health problems including heart disease, high blood . . . Complete story »


October 25, 2010 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Are wind turbines bad for our health?

It’s as inevitable as death and taxes – we are going to have more wind farms as the Government strives to meet renewable energy targets. Energy Minister Eamon Ryan recently said Ireland is on target to generate 40% of electricity from renewable sources, with wind being pivotal, by 2020. That is optimistic and we will be among the best in Europe if we hit that target. There are signs of opposition to such developments, with communities raising health and safety . . . Complete story »


October 23, 2010 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Dates set for wind lawsuit

BAD AXE – Dates have been set for a case evaluation and jury trial for the lawsuit filed by 20 Huron County residents claiming the Ubly area Michigan Wind I development has harmed their quality of life and lowered property values. Huron County Circuit Court officials said a case evaluation will be conducted July 21, 2011 and a jury trial has been scheduled for Oct. 4, 2011. The dates were set after a pretrial hearing that was held Thursday. The case . . . Complete story »


October 22, 2010 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Oregon Public Health office decides it’s time to study health effects of wind turbines

Oregon has boosted wind energy projects with a vengeance in recent years, adopting a renewable power standard and tax breaks that have helped spread wind farms across the state’s northern reaches and into eastern Oregon. Now comes the Oregon Public Health office, which announced Thursday that it’s embarking on a public health assessment of wind farms, kicking off with three “listening sessions” next month in LaGrande, Pendleton and Arlington to hear residents’ health concerns tied to the spinning blades. The . . . Complete story »


August 26, 2010 • CanadaPrint storyE-mail story

Green Party calls for epidemiological study on health effects of wind turbines

According to Wind Concerns Ontario, this resolution was passed at the 2010 Green Party of Canada convention (August 20-22). WHEREAS the Green Party of Canada recognizes the vast potential for wind energy in Canada; WHEREAS the Green Party of Canada with the Canadian Wind Energy Association has set goals for Canadian wind energy generation; WHEREAS many citizens in communities with wind turbines claim to be experiencing sleep deprivation, headaches, and heart complications related to wind turbines; WHEREAS one of the . . . Complete story »


August 12, 2010 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

News articles about wind turbine noise and health

Milner, Catherine (January 25, 2004). Telegraph. “Wind farms ‘make people sick who live up to a mile away'”. Keller, James (May 13, 2006). Hamilton Spectator. “Family says turbine vibrations made them ill enough to move”. Kriz, Kathy (October 12, 2006). WHAM-TV. “Could Wind Turbines Be A Health Hazard?”. Chronicle Herald (August 27, 2007). “Quietly sounding alarm; Forced from home after noise from wind farm turbines made family sick, d’Entremont telling others his story”. St. James, Janet (July 29, 2008). WFAA-TV. . . . Complete story »


March 8, 2007 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines could force family out

[Note: The Sementillis moved away from the Fairfield area in 2009.] FAIRFIELD – If wind turbines are built in this northeastern Herkimer County town, one family may be forced to move. Lisa Sementilli’s 11-year-old daughter Alisha has central auditory processing disorder, which means Alisha hears fine but can’t concentrate when she is around background noise. Doctors have suggested that Alisha live at least one-and-a-half miles from any wind turbine, but Hard Scrabble Wind Farm towers planned in Fairfield would be less . . . Complete story »


May 13, 2006 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

Family says turbine vibrations made them ill enough to move

Giant wind turbines spin next to Daniel d’Entremont’s home in a tiny rural community in southwestern Nova Scotia. The large house in Lower West Pubnico is now empty and abandoned, d’Entremont says, because inaudible sound from the 17-turbine wind farm made his family sick. “The noise is unbearable,” he says from Abrams River, the nearby community he recently relocated to with his wife and four of his six children. “It’s like a surround sound – you can’t avoid it, you can’t . . . Complete story »


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