Select Board chairman will move to shut turbines down at night

FAIRHAVEN – Select Board Chairman Charles Murphy Sr. said last week he will move to shut the turbines down at night at a meeting Monday, June 10, with the Board of Health. [ more ]

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Falmouth selectmen support removal of wind turbines

January 30 – Following a public meeting in which Falmouth residents spoke overwhelmingly in favor of removing wind turbines erected two years ago, the Board of Selectmen voted to support a warrant article to dismantle the turbines. Residents will vote at the town’s April 9 special election.

Citing the impact to neighbors who suffer from serious sleep disturbances, adverse health effects, and depreciating values of their homes, Selectman David Braga said “industrial-sized turbines don’t belong in residential neighborhoods.” The estimated cost to the town will be $400,000 to dismantle the two turbines. [ more ]

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Sleepless in Scituate: Turbines keep many awake

Residents who live near the turbine complain the flicker and noise is costing them sleep, the stress affecting their work and their children’s school.

SCITUATE, Mass. (WHDH) — Families in Scituate are asking town leaders to shut down the wind turbine that’s leaving them tossing and turning every night. [ more ]

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Neighbors blame windmill in Scituate for headaches, dizziness

Scituate residents tormented by the town’s new wind turbine have prompted health officials to take a second look at the turbine’s health impact.  The board of health has ordered a study to measure the wind turbine’s noise and shadow flicker after dozens of residents have complained of sleep deprivation, headaches and dizziness.  Most of the affected residents want the turbine to be shut down indefinitely, or at least at night, until a study is completed.  [ more ]

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Residents of Scituate complain bitterly to selectmen regarding health problems from town wind turbine

Neighbors who are up in arms over the detrimental health effects of living near Scituate’s town owned wind turbine, aired their grievances to the town’s Board of Selectmen during the October 2nd meeting.  Residents complained about health issues from the town’s new wind turbine located on the Driftway.
Jerry Kelly lives 1,000 feet from the turbine and said it’s like living in a horror movie. “These large blade, industrial wind turbines that are located across from us have broken our sleep pattern, have led to sleep deprivation and other issues for us.  I feel that I’m living, as a result of the shadow flicker and the infrasound as well as the noise, in a bad Hitchcock or Steven King movie”, Kelly lamented.
Seana Cahoon said she’s suffering severe effects from Scituate’s wind turbine as well. “More than once I have awakened and I’ve had this insane dizziness.  I have my eyes open and everything is spinning in my room.  I’m afraid to get up because I know I’m going to fall down!  I remember discussing this with somebody I work with and she said, ‘You should get that checked’ and I said ‘Get what checked? I mean it’s so random, what am I getting checked’? Then, as I learn more and talk more to people, I find this is a symptom; a direct result of living that close to the turbine!”  Reported by WATD-FM radio on October 3, 2012.
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Against Neighborhood Opposition, City of Salem Quietly Moving Ahead With Plans to Build Industrial-Sized Wind Turbine on Winter Island Park

Advocacy group and acoustical engineers monitoring noise levels for wind turbine

SALEM, MA – May 02, 2012 – The City of Salem is still quietly moving ahead with plans to build an industrial sized wind turbine – 40 stories high — on Winter Island Park in 2012.  Last week, the City of Salem began conducting sound testing in Salem and in Marblehead neighborhoods at the taxpayer’s expense.

“There are well-documented problems worldwide when industrial wind turbines are built too close to residential homes. In many previous cases there have only been a few homes located within a mile of these turbines, but in Salem and Marblehead there are over 1,000 homes located within a mile of Winter Island. Many acoustical experts recommend a 1 ¼ mile set back to the closest home from these industrial turbines. That recommended setback reaches deep into both Marblehead and Salem,” said Ed Moriarty, President of Salem Wind.

“I urge everyone to research the complaints associated with wind turbines and contact your public officials to voice your concern about the construction of a massive industrial wind turbine in the middle of Salem Harbor,” Moriarty added.

Salem Wind is a coalition of local families who advocate for safe and responsible energy resources, but are opposed to the installation of an industrial wind turbine on Winter Island Park.  At its’ own expense, Salem Wind is monitoring all of the testing and also is hiring its own consultant to ensure the correct measurements are taken.

“As a grassroots effort, Salem Wind can only succeed in fighting the installation of the wind turbine with additional funding by neighbors and concerned citizens,” said Moriarty. “We encourage Salem, Marblehead residents and other concerned citizens to join in our cause.  Our goal is to stop the progress of putting this turbine on Winter Island Park, which in addition to noise hazards could cause significant health issues that could put our neighbors at risk at home and in the entire Salem Harbor area.”

Contact:  Janice Walker, JD Walker Communications, LLC
(781) 290-6528

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Property Value Losses Near Wind Turbines Greater than Previously thought

Losses can be up to 40%; values affected 3 miles from turbine sites.
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