Renewable Energy Goal For Year 2020 In Danger

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Bill Carson

Jamestown, RI

#1 Mar 30, 2013
Massachusetts Renewable Energy Goal of 2000 Megawatts of Renewable Energy In Danger

The Falmouth Wind Turbines Have To Come Down Here's Why;

Number 1 they are a health issue.

Number 2 Massachusetts has a renewable energy goal of 2000 megawatts of renewable energy by the year 2020 . A taking of residential property and legal action ends all hope of that goal

The only problem with taking the homes for the general good of the community has serious drawbacks. At least one residential home owner is not going to go along with having their home they lived in for the past twenty five years taken away even at fair market value. An eminent domain case can range from being straight forward to extremely complicated. Typically, cases can be tried or resolved within two (2) to three (3) years from the date that the lawsuit is filed

Now here is the argument : The homes are being taken after a project was determined to be breaking state noise regulations making the entire wind project illegal. The home owners are the original stake holders with a bundle of residential property rights. Because made a mistake these home owners have to lose their homes ?

The Falmouth turbines are operating at half speed because they break the law over noise issues . One home owner goes to court because his home is being taken by eminent domain and presents the argument that the town installed a project that is breaking the law and to correct the problem they are going to take his or her home.

As this goes through the court system as years go by other people join the case. Now the class of people ask for class action certification under Massachusetts Civil Procedure Rule 23: Class Actions.

The general out come would be a drawn out 6 to 8 year legal issue maybe more. Another expense for the Town of Falmouth.

The Falmouth residents need to look at the cost of taking homes along with a legal challenge years long while the turbines are costing the town hard cash to operate and then the town could lose the legal challenge..

While the legal challenge is in court until from 2013 to 2020 very few towns in Massachusetts will install wind turbines not knowing how the courts could rule.

Massachusetts has a renewable energy goal of 2000 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020. If the Falmouth wind turbines stay up the state will never reach the year 2020 energy goal .

The taking of the Falmouth residential homes end all hope of Massachusetts reaching its renewable energy goals
suehobart

Hyannis, MA

#2 Mar 30, 2013
Its a very good thing... first and foremost it must be said that ALL OVER THE WORLD nearly identicle physical symptoms including dizziness nausea, ringing in the ears, heart palpitations, sleeplessness and migraines are commonly reported to be results of the installation of multi megawatt turbines in residential areas.
These symptoms have been grouped and identified as wind turbine syndrome and it's beginning to be recognized by world health symposiums and medical researchers as a sometimes debilitating and completely avoidable condition.
Of course the brilliant Doctor ( as in MD...not political science) that put it together is being called all sorts of wrong... but then so was Rachael Carson in her day.( look it up.)
Avoidable with proper research and sighting precautions... but apparently there are no such measures in place to protect the citizens here in massachusetts...

In fact the state is covering up the health risks to achieve a time and megawatt goal and spend the money before the grants run out. They even formed a so called expert panel of industry schills to review literature about turbines in the past and there effects... Of course they had none about multi megawatt turbines because they simply havent been up long enough. So we are to believe the ssMinnow and the Pacific princess do the same thing because they are both boats...? yep..

It's an ugly situation...I can attest to it personally since I was forced to abandon my beautiful perfect little home for the sake of my health. That turbine aged me by 10 years in 2 and I know it is real because if I leave the turbine area I do not get migraines...If i stay in my home for long they can become blindingly debilitating. I never had a migraine before July 2010 when the Webb turbine was turned on 1500 feet from my property line. I now live in a little rat trap of a house out of range and still pay the mortgage on the toxic house as well as on the rat trap....but i am regaining some level of physical health.

this is not funny , not green and not even human...It's about corporate greed , grant getting and a big and very effective green ($$$$$) salespitch.

If they really want to make wind turbines work WHY would they put them up in places where they harm people.... because its a race folks, not because they want to save anything or anybody like a planet... but because the science is catching up with the money and its a good way to make a quick buck... Check out Shamul Shah and lumus... where are they now?

Our tax money at work... for whom I wonder really. But I paid double and then some.
Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#3 Mar 31, 2013
http://www.capenews.net/communities/falmouth/...
Megan Amsler's Letter to State Draws Selectmen's Ire
By: Christopher Kazarian
Published: 03/26/13
Just days after it was revealed that Megan C. Amsler of East Falmouth wrote a letter to the state asking that they not provide financial assistance to the town to dismantle its two wind turbines at the Wastewater Treatment Facility, selectmen threatened to remove her from her seat as chairman of the Falmouth Energy Committee for undermining the board.
Selectmen had harsh words for Ms. Amsler, who was not present, at their meeting Monday night when they chastised her for asking Richard K. Sullivan Jr., secretary for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, to not help fund the removal of the turbines in a letter sent to him on March 4.
“I am ashamed that the Town has even deigned to ask the State for aid in removing the turbines because they bother 19 people within 1/3 of a mile,” she wrote.“Please do not set a precedent by helping our community remove them. The implications for the entire global wind industry would be dire.”
The board wondered whether Ms. Amsler sent that letter with the support of the energy committee or had acted alone in doing so. In either case, Selectman Brent V.W. Putnam said it could warrant the board removing Ms. Amsler from the committee, and perhaps, her colleagues.
“The energy committee is advisory to the board,” he said.“They are obligated to bring things to the board.”
At the end of January selectmen agreed unanimously to take down the turbines after which point a town delegation led by Town Manager Julian M. Suso has worked to persuade the state to fund a portion of those costs. In light of that, Mr. Putnam said Ms. Amsler’s letter is “a flagrant disregard for this board’s decision.”
Monday’s discussion was kicked off when Chairman Kevin E. Murphy mentioned the letter during a brief update on the wind turbines in which Mr. Suso told selectmen that he was still awaiting word from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center on what, if any, financial commitment it will make to the town as part of this project. The town should have a better idea, he said, after next Tuesday, when the center’s board of directors will be meeting to discuss Falmouth’s request.
In light of that, Mr. Putnam said Ms. Amsler’s letter is “a flagrant disregard for this board’s decision.”
After his brief comments, Mr. Murphy acknowledged Ms. Amsler’s letter.“I surely hope it was signed with the energy committee’s approval,” he said, noting that otherwise she misrepresented herself and the committee.
Letter Disregards Board's Decision
Selectman David Braga also was upset that Ms. Amsler took that stand in stark contrast to what the board had decided in January.
And he was concerned that she sent and signed the letter without the energy committee’s approval.“You’ve been a little more gracious,” Mr. Braga said to Mr. Murphy.“I agree with Brent that they are an advisory committee and we make the decisions.”
Selectman Mary (Pat) Flynn, who admitted she had yet to see the letter, continually asked her colleagues to exercise some caution, as this was not listed on the agenda and she feared they could be violating the open meeting law.
Mr. Murphy responded that he was not asking selectmen to take any action on the matter and that this was only a discussion.
Mr. Braga defended Mr. Murphy, saying it was a conversation the board needed to have, as residents have been questioning their leadership since becoming aware of Ms. Amsler’s letter.“If this is going to fall off course let us be the ones to do it and not somebody else,” he said.
If this is going to fall off course let us be the ones to do it and not somebody else.
Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#4 Mar 31, 2013
http://mjoecool.wordpress.com/
A WIND PROJECT ANTHOLOGY BEFORE TOWN MEETING’S TURBINE TURMOIL – Mar 30, 2013
A WIND PROJECT ANTHOLOGY BEFORE TOWN MEETING’S TURBINE TURMOIL

Before Falmouth’s wind turbine project commissioning (March 2010), the town was in a more solid financial position. Look at what has followed ~

- May 14 2010 – Turbine Hits Turbulence http://www.capenews.net/communities/falmouth/...

- June 15 2010 – Turbine Shut Down in High Winds http://www.capenews.net/communities/falmouth/...

- Feb 18 2011 – Opposition to Turbine Was Expected, but Intensity Was a Surprise http://www.capenews.net/communities/falmouth/...

- Apr 6 2012 – Town Meeting Sends Mixed Messages On How To Proceed With Wind Turbines http://www.capenews.net/communities/falmouth/...

- May 15 2012 – DEP: Falmouth wind turbine is too loud | CapeCodOnline.com

- June 8 2012 – Falmouth Health Board Debates Shutting Down Turbines http://www.capenews.net/communities/region/ne...

- Feb 2 2013 – Falmouth Selectmen Support Tearing Down Turbines Falmouth selectmen support tearing down turbines

The issue at the very heart, these long years of controversy, is assuring every person in Falmouth is offered an acceptable standard of well-being. This acceptable standard is now subject to costs-benefit comparison. Falmouth Town Meeting has two funding processes before them.

Fund turbine removal costing between $12 –$15 million

or

Fund the purchase of 20 – 40+ private properties at a cost range conservatively between $9 to $18 million while operating turbines as originally intended.

However this may be decided, by Town Meeting or the Voter, one profound message should be made clear:

many residents living near these towers believe that the turbines adversely affect their health. Town Meeting and Voters need ONLY understand one supremely important concept. If the turbines remain without fair compensation to negatively impacted residents, there is virtually nothing preventing the negatively effected and their sympathetic neighbors from continuing this fight for justice.

As Americans, we are well aware and history has born out, the fight for such a noble cause is not, nor ever will be, subject to any price. Better to do right by your neighbor than suffer a costly continuing battle against a founding principle of our Nation.

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