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I am beside myself with these frigging turbines. Whomping and Roaring through the house. House is vibrating. My body is vibrating. My chest feels likes it’s going to cave in. My ears hurt and are plugged. My sinuses are burning. My headache has been constant for 9 days straight. Vertigo has been a huge challenge ALL day. Ears are screeching.

I’m too damn tired to drive away from my home and sleep in some parking lot……..

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Stop Wind Power- Save Norwegian Wilderness

Did you think wind power is green energy? Not in pristine Norwegian wilderness, it isn’t. Learn more about how wind turbines are tearing apart Norway, its nature, and its culture, and not saving the climate. This video series aims to bring Norway’s wind power controversy to an international audience.

 

The True Cost of Wind Turbines and Wind Industry


The town of Forest, WI has concerns over the end results of the Highland Wind Farm. Forest has spent more than half-a-million dollars fighting the project at the Public Service Commission. The devastation from the Shirley Wind Farm is a prime example as to why the town is fighting this project. (Video 5:06 in length)

Shot/Edited: Tyler Grimh
Executive Producer: Jodi Lyon-Grams
Producer: Madison Lee

Stolen Dreams

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April 20, 2020|News Release; University of Gothenburg

Wind turbine noise affects dream sleep and perceived sleep restoration

Wind turbine noise (WTN) influences people’s perception of the restorative effects of sleep, and also has a small but significant effect on dream sleep, otherwise known as REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, a study at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, shows. A night of WTN resulted in delayed and shortened REM sleep.

Knowledge of how sleep is affected by WTN has been limited to date. Research involving physiological study of its impact using polysomnography, the top-ranking method of sleep recording, is lacking.

Studies carried out in the Sound Environment Laboratory at the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in Gothenburg are adding new knowledge in the field. Polysomnography involves using electrodes attached to the head and chest to record brain activity, eye movement, heart rate, etc. during sleep.

Of the 50 participants in the new study, 24 had been living within one kilometer of one or more wind turbines for at least one year. The other 26, the reference group, did not live near wind turbines.

Kerstin Persson Waye, Professor of Environmental Medicine at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, is the corresponding author in the study, published in the journal Sleep.

“We wanted to find out whether people exposed to noise from wind turbines over time become more sensitive or more habituated to WTN, so that their sleep may be affected differently than someone who doesn’t live near any turbines,” she says.

The participants spent three nights in the Sound Environment Laboratory, one for acclimatization and then, in a random order, one quiet night and one with four separate periods of WTN. The sounds that were used were modeled based on outdoor measurements from several wind turbines, and was filtered to correspond with the sound insulation of a typical Swedish wooden house. Exposure was further modeled, to correspond to sleeping with a closed window and window ajar respectively.

The sounds were chosen to represent relatively unfavorable conditions, with a slightly higher average outdoor noise level than is currently permitted in Sweden. This level corresponded, however, with a low indoor noise level — below the levels at which sleep had previously been found to be affected by, for example, traffic noise.

During the night with WTN, according to the physiological measures, the participants spent an average of 11.1 minutes less in REM sleep, which they entered 16.8 minutes later, than during the quiet night. The proportion of time they spent in REM sleep was 18.8% for the night with WTN, compared with 20.6% for the quiet night — a small but statistically significant difference that, moreover, was independent from habituation to WTN.

There were no statistically significant differences in other sleep parameters, such as number of awakenings, total sleep time, time in deeper (non-REM) sleep stages or fragmentation of deep sleep, and heart rate. However, rhythmic sound variations appeared to disturb sleep, especially with closed windows.

Besides the physiologically based measurements, participants filled out a questionnaire on their sleep quality and how tired or rested they felt. Both groups reported that they slept worse during nights with WTN.

The study gave no indication of the habituation effect or increased sensitivity in the participants exposed to wind turbines in their home environment. However, the group that lived close to wind turbines reported worse sleep overall, even during the quiet night.

“Sleep disturbance, a negative health effect according to the World Health Organization (WHO), can in itself contribute to chronic diseases. However, we can’t draw conclusions from this study on long-term health impact. Further studies should, if possible, investigate sleep in people’s home environments and include longer exposure time,” Kerstin Persson Waye concludes.

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Title: A laboratory study on the effects of wind turbine noise on sleep: results of the polysomnographic WiTNES study; https://doi.org/10.1093/sleep/zsaa046

Source: EurekAlert!

Lake Erie under threat from New York State permits for wind project

WI070625_151.tifCleanwater Wind LLC received approval on March 10, 2020 from New York  state to place a data buoy in Lake Erie for its proposed offshore project.  The wind  developer is just one of many who are pushing for regulatory approvals for offshore wind turbines to be placed in our Great Lakes.  The Great Lake ecosystem are the location for globally significant flyways, freshwater marine life and home to one of the largest human populations in North America on the adjacent shores.

Health Hazard Investigation of Contaminated Water Wells claimed due to Wind Turbine Operations is a GO

99.1 FM CKXS|March 6, 2020

McNaughton Committed to Health Hazard Investigation

Monte McNaughton says he’s committed to the promised health hazard investigation into contaminated water wells in Chatham-Kent.

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MPP Monte McNaughton

The Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP says it was a government commitment and things are moving forward.

“The RFP process is happening as we speak to hire an independent company to do the water well testing,” McNaughton says. “This is an independent body, five scientists including a local geologist.”

McNaughton says as many as 200 home owners should be contacted in the next four months…….

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“The government first announced it would be launching a health hazard investigation last July, but residents who’ve been dealing with dirty well water for years say they haven’t heard a peep since then.”

Children received payment for illness claimed caused by wind turbines

thejournal.ie|by: Aodhan O Faolain|February 26, 2020

Three children receive €225,000 settlement over alleged illnesses caused by windfarm near family homewind refugee

THREE SIBLINGS WHO claimed their family had to abandon their home due to illnesses allegedly caused by a nearby windfarm have secured €225,000 as a settlement of their High Court damages claims.

The awards, were part of settlements made without admission of liability, made to Laura, David and Jack Kelleher.

The siblings claimed that they, along with their parents, had to leave their family home at Gowlane North, Donoughmore, Cork in late 2016 several months after a ten-turbine wind farm went into operation.

They claimed that the noise, vibrations and shadow flicker from the turbines, located just over 700m from their family farm, resulted in them suffering from various illnesses.

These included nosebleeds, ear aches, skin rashes, swollen and painful hands, loss of power in their limbs, sleep disturbance, and headaches.

Through their father Valentine Kelleher, the three siblings sued Green Energy Supply Ltd, which owns and operates a wind turbine installation known as Knockduff Wind Farm in Cork.

The actions were also against company director Michael Murnane of Gortyleahy, Macroom, Cork, who is the owner of Green Energy Supply….

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Ireland fined over wind project mud slides

mud slideIreland fined €5m plus daily penalty of €15,000 over landslides at Galway wind farm

The fine relates to an incident which saw 50,000 fish killed in 2003.

November 12, 2019

THE EU’S COURT of Justice has fined the State €5m over its failure to comply with EU legislation that might have prevented landslides linked to the construction of a wind farm in the west of Ireland in 2003.

The penalty is set to increase further as EU’s top court set an additional daily fine of €15,000 until the Government achieves compliance with environmental legislation on assessing the impact of the wind farm Derrybrien, Co Galway.

The fine is due to the “seriousness and duration” of the failure to carry out an environmental impact assessment on the wind farm in the 11 years since a previous CJEU ruling on 3 July, 2008.

The legal action by the European Commission followed a massive landslide at Derrybrien on 16 October, 2003, when tonnes of peat were dislodged and polluted the Owendalulleegh River, resulting in the death of around 50,000 fish.

At the time Derrybrien was the country’s biggest-ever wind farm, and one of the largest in Europe, with 70 turbines. Its construction required the removal of large areas of forest and the extraction of peat up to a depth of 5.5 metres.

The European Commission said two investigations had concluded that the environmental disaster had been linked to the construction work on the wind farm.

READ ARTICLE HERE

On those grounds, the Court (Grand Chamber) hereby:

1.      Declares that, by failing to take all measures necessary to comply with the judgment of 3 July 2008, Commission v Ireland (C215/06, EU:C:2008:380), Ireland has failed to fulfil its obligations under Article 260(1) TFEU;

2.      Orders Ireland to pay the European Commission a lump sum in the amount of EUR 5 000 000;

3.      Orders Ireland to pay the Commission a periodic penalty payment of EUR 15 000 per day from the date of delivery of the present judgment until the date of compliance with the judgment of 3 July 2008, Commission v Ireland (C215/06, EU:C:2008:380);

4.      Orders Ireland to pay the costs.

READ COURT DECISION HERE

Niagara Wind’s 3rd Year

Niagara Wind had some visitors on a very cold wet fall day.   It has been 3 years since the project was activated.  The project is currently operating out of compliance with its renewable energy approval.  Left them some signs outside their office.   Thanks to all those who honked in support.

 

Ontario & Wind companies face legal action over contaminated wells

So it begins and to be continued.  Christine Burke started legal action challenging the Ontario Government, Ministry employees and the Wind companies. October 30, 2019 @ 10am is the next scheduled court date.

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SAVE THE DATE come out and show your support.  Car pooling is encouraged.

Next Court Date: October 30, 2019 @ 10am
(Dates and times subject to change on short notice)

Location: Blenheim court house, 21633 Communications Rd, RR#5, Blenheim

“The accusations – largely concerning the potential for contamination of private water wells by black shale and hazardous metals in the North Kent area – were submitted by Dover resident Christine Burke. The private prosecution charges – filed under section 14 of the Environmental Protection Act – name Ontario Environment minister Jeff Yurek, the Ministry of the Environment and several wind turbine companies with projects in the area.”

Wind case put over to Oct. 30|by: Trevor Terfolth|Chatham Daily News| August 14, 2019

Court adjourned until October for wind turbine, Environmental Protection Act charges|CBC News|August 14, 2019

Lawyers to review 2,000 pages of documents in CK water contamination case|

“When the pile driving and construction of the wind turbines started on our shallow aquifer our drinking water slowly turned black and is now unsafe to consume, cook with or even bathe in,” she says in court documents. “This issue continues today and we are not the only family affected by this devastation.”

Engie Canada, Pattern Energy Group and Samsung Renewable Energy are all also charged in relation to their work building the East Lake St. Clair Wind Farm and North Kent 1 Wind Farm.”

Ontario minister, wind companies charged under environmental protection act|| Published July 26, 2019- The Star