What are the impacts of wind turbine developments on water in nearby communities?
That was the main topic at the third in a series of forums held in Grafton, Vermont, regarding a potential wind development project by the Spanish company Iberdrola Renewables. Continue reading
by Jack Deming
The Deerfield Valley News, December 2, 2013
TOWNSHEND – “The neighbors count, no matter what.” That was the message Stephen Ambrose brought to a discussion on the negative impact of wind power Friday night, hosted by Vermonters for a Clean Environment.
Ambrose also brought 35 years of environmental noise-consulting experience to the United Church of Christ, where he was joined by local politicians, as well as Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire residents, all affected by the construction of windmills near their homes.
Ambrose explained that the system by which companies like Iberdrola Renewables perform noise studies is often flawed. Turbulence and decibels are often recorded near the base of trees where levels are lower, along with distances as close as 50 feet away. Ambrose says the correct way to monitor the sound output of wind turbines is to use hemispherical divergence, which shows a drop of six decibels by every distance doubled. “You need to get away by 400 feet before you can start to listen,” said Ambrose. “At nighttime you need to be 1,000 feet away.” Continue reading
Marie and David Krenzer, fourth-generation farmers of their land, are fighting to save their farm in Chili, NY.
Chris Churchill of the Times Union reports, “The Krenzers aren’t battling against the usual farm problems. It isn’t the economy, competition or weather that worry them. Their problem is the Spanish company Iberdrola and a state regulatory process that treats land owners as an afterthought. Continue reading
60 people living near Hardscrabble Wind Farm in Herkimer County, NY have sued Iberdrola, the project developer.
Among other things, the suit says the developer was careless and negligent in the following:
– Failing to appropriately assess and test the site
– Utilizing wind turbines that were inappropriate for the site
– Placing wind turbines too close to residential properties
– Placing wind turbines that were too large for the area
– Causing permanent and irreparable harm and damage to neighboring properties
– Failing to adequately represent what effects the turbines would have on the community, including homes
– Intentionally misrepresenting material facts and information
Click here to read the Summons and Complaint document which includes statements of damages from each of the 60 plaintiffs in the case. (see the DAMAGES section, p. 31)