Skip to comments.Grievances aired over wind turbines on Vinalhaven (Wind Power Alert)
Posted on 08/21/2010 11:29:03 AM PDT by paul in cape
VINALHAVEN, Maine Residents expressed grievances about turbine noise at a Thursday meeting that allowed islanders to ask questions of two wind professionals who will be collecting noise data in an attempt to identify specific mechanical perpetrators.
The experts then will come back to the community with options and prices for noise mitigation.
It has been about two years since Vinalhaven voters, with a 383-5 vote, approved the construction of three wind turbines. It has been about a year since wind started producing power on Vinalhaven and North Haven.
At Thursdays meeting, held in Vinalhaven School's auditorium and hosted by Island Institute in Rockland, some residents among the more than 100 in attendance complained of unusual sounds generated by the turbines. Some said they felt vibrations and others were worried about health risks.
Cathy Frierson said she was sitting in her home working on her computer last week when noise from the turbines disrupted her.
All of a sudden I felt a sternum vibration and felt ill, she said. I had to leave my home and go to the other side of the island.
Resident Ethan Hall said the sounds the turbines make never fade into background noise.
The complaints Im hearing and everyone else is hearing are very real. Its a remarkable sound like nothing Ive ever heard, Hall said Thursday night after the two-hour meeting. It affects everyone in the community. We were promised sound wouldnt be a problem. It is a problem.
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Serves them right.
Anyone who lives in a town contemplating these monstrosities, please share this article.
Poor misguided people.Where’s my violin,the little one.
A big supporter of wind energy in Maine Jonathan Carter and green activist opposed all types of energy projects including the construction on a new LNG terminal.
Now that the turbines are up and running, changing scenic views, and making noise, Carter has come out against-you guessed it-wind turbine projects.
As reported on FR some months ago-the greens strongly support solar power but when a large solar plant was to be built in the desert, the green activists OPPOSED THE CONSTRUCTION OF POWER LINES from the site to towns and cities where people live.
Does anyone see a pattern here? The enviro nuts and politicians want us living in caves. And by the way, we aren't allowed to have a fire in our caves to stay warm. It pollutes the air.
No whining there, just Mainers pissed off at being misled.
Incidentally, if you want granola eaters, try around Bath: the Hobbit infestation there is incredible.
I am no expert on wind turbines, but even I know they emit an awful lot of noise. Those who wanted the turbines should have done their own homework rather than take the word of experts [or whoever it was that mislead them].
I live about 5 miles from a series of 10 turbines. I pass them every day. They are on disused industrial land that will never employ people again, because of the ridiculous environmental liability laws in NY State. So, there might as well be windmills on the land making money for someone.
From a few hundred yards away, they are completely silent. If wind turbines are making noise, something is wrong.
Spoke with some ranchers/farmers around Post, TX not long ago where there are a lot of wind "farms". Quite a few had moved off the land (those that were fairly close to the turbines), all sorts of problems cropping up. I saw first hand empty houses, nice ones, unable to sell them because of this developing problem of living near the turbines.
The rotors create inner ear problems in some folks due to sudden pressure changes and harmonics (yes, there is science on this) among other phenomena, some weird stuff happening health wise. I know there are FReepers that are up on this better than I am for sure.
Add insult to injury, quite a few turbines were rotating but not producing due to lack of maintenance. They didn't want to shut down the rotors because by leaving them turning gives the impression of producing power.
They want to build 1800 windmills in Maine covering virtually every mountain top in the state. It will ruin hiking and tourism as well as the health of anyone near them.
Betcha the lobstermen didn't care about building windmills. The artsy-fartsy bunch are the perps here, getting what they asked for, and getting it good and hard.
No, they don't. They want us dead.
They want the whole planet.....for themselves.
They don’t want people living in the mountains or near the mountains.
i don’t think there are many granola types of that island-those are hard working people mostly fisherman/lobersterman
it’s the day trippers who are the granola types
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