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Wind Power News: Noise


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.

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 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm effects were underestimated

A Manawatu wind farm is facing court action amid lingering doubt it is complying with noise limits. After receiving hundreds of complaints about noise from Te Rere Hau wind farm on the Tararua Range for more than a year, Palmerston North City Council has applied to the Environment Court for stricter rules and better sound monitoring. On average, the council receives one complaint a day. Neighbours of the wind farm near Palmerston North have consistently complained about “whining mechanical noise”, . . . 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 »

October 11, 2010 • Letters, MainePrint storyE-mail story

The shore is alive with the sound of turbines

To the Editor: Re “For Those Living Nearby, That Miserable Hum of Clean Energy” (front page, Oct. 6): My husband and I spent a week on the island of Vinalhaven in Maine in August, within sight and sound of the three giant wind turbines. Not only are they visually disturbing in the otherwise pristine landscape, but the ebb and flow of sound is also more reminiscent of a jet plane than the woods of Maine. After we spent two days . . . Complete story »

August 14, 2010 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Noise controversy over Vinalhaven wind turbines amps up

Vinalhaven sits 15 miles off the coast and just over an hour’s ferry ride from Rockland, but it has an old-fashioned sense of community rare on the mainland these days. Every driver waves as they pass and it’s common for an islander to leave the keys in the truck in case anyone needs to borrow it. It was with that sense of community that the islanders welcomed the three wind turbines to Vinalhaven last year. Not only did the turbines . . . 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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