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Bill Carson

Mattapoisett, MA

#1 Oct 17, 2011
Falmouth Wind Turbine Noise on PBS - Utube Video

NewsHour Connect: Effects of Wind Turbines on One Massachusetts Town

NewsHour Connect: Mass. Community Reacts to Living Near Wind Turbines

... Heather Goldstone and Sean Corcoran about their series on the Falmouth wind turbine:... PBS' Art21 ; Health; Politico Pulse ; The New York Times: Prescriptions ; Kaiser Health …www.pbs.org/.../03/one-massac husetts-community-reacts-to-li ving-near-wind-turbines.html
Sally Reynolds

Mattapoisett, MA

#2 Oct 18, 2011
The wind turbine industry, along with Gov. Deval Patrick, is pushing the state senate to adopt the Wind Energy Siting Reform Act . The Act is now known as H.1775 and the Senate version is S.1666.

The purpose of the Act is to achieve the governor's goal of shoehorning massive industrial wind turbines into our once quiet and rural neighborhoods through a careless set of special wind industry benefits that include overriding local control, replacing environmental laws with "standards," and eliminating traditional rights of participation and appeal by the public.

This legislation is a radical and unprecedented assault on the fundamental rights of communities to control industrial development within their borders, on the environmental laws that our legislative body has enacted to govern the impacts of such developments upon our state's natural resources, and on the long-established rights of municipalities and our constituents to appeal decisions adverse to their interests through the court system.

The bill concentrates all power over wind development projects in a single agency, the Energy Facilities Siting Board, part of the Executive Office of Energy & Environment.

This Act explicitly authorizes this single state agency to approve wind projects regardless of local decisions and regardless of recommendations from other state agencies with expertise related to such projects. It also replaces environmental laws with weaker "standards" that can be waived solely at the discretion of that agency and eliminates rights of appeal by municipal officers, municipalities, and most by other parties.

This Act does not solve the problems which it is intended to address, but instead creates a slew of new problems. It also underestimates, if not disrespects, the proven skill, judgment and fairness of the Local Zoning Board of Appeals.

Regional planning agencies have already expressed their concerns with the Act, along with a number of select boards and environmental groups.

Eliminating local review authority and the safeguards of existing state laws and judicial review is not appropriate and as such is an extreme piece of legislation which would deliver a package of special privileges any wind turbine contractor and the rest of the wind industry.

This legislation is also another worrisome sign of the wind industry trying to' leap frog' any towns open space into an over-subsidized, ineffective and inefficient industrial wind turbine zone. It should not be signed into law.

Gov Patrick said :"Now it's a matter of public record." The governor was eliciting laughter in the courtroom trial of Sal Dimasi. He also said :"Are there no secrets?"

He admitted his email pseudonym is Sally Reynolds .

This was not the case a few months ago when the state refused to release the email code name used with ocean wind contractors and the power companies in an effort to double and triple our electric bills over a ten year period with expensive ocean wind turbine renewable energy.The state will not be required to reveal a pseudonym Governor Patrick uses in e-mail that was redacted from documents.

What was in those emails ? They should be public record ! Why does the Governor of Massachusetts use code names to conduct state business?
Bob Kelly

Mattapoisett, MA

#3 Nov 5, 2011
U tube Video of Falmouth Wind turbine

Re : 2010 Installation of the Falmouth Massachusetts wind turbine

On June 17.2009 Massachusetts DCR Commissioner Rick Sullivan, DOER Commissioner
Philip Giudice and members of panel hosted a wind turbine listening session held at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. MMA is located at 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532 next to the Town of Falmouth.

In 2009 a meeting was held to solicit comments from the public about wind turbine siting. The comment period was for the first attempt of the proposed Wind Energy Siting Reform Act,WESRA.

Three public comments are below warning about set back issues from the public in 2009 . These public comments warned about setbacks from residential homes. Over 50 Falmouth residents are sick over the poor siting of a commercial wind turbine. The public comments from 2009 fell on deaf ears of the state officials holding the meetings in 2009 .

The state of Massachusetts officials and politicians were well aware of the dangers of siting a commercial wind turbine in residential areas prior to the 2010 Falmouth installation.

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