Dartmouth AEC Chairman Blows UP At Neighbors
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#1 Jan 4, 2010
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By RONALD DiPIPPO
Ronald DiPippo is chairman of the Dartmouth Alternative Energy Committee. He lives in Dartmouth.
January 04, 2010 12:00 AM
While residents of Dartmouth patiently but eagerly await the Select Board's decision on the town's special permit application to erect a pair of wind turbines to power its Department of Public Works facilities, a handful of vocal opponents have stepped up their campaign of fear-mongering.
As evidenced by their comments and questions at several public forums and in op-ed pieces in The Standard-Times, opponents have been scouring the Internet for misinformation from anti-wind Web sites instead of studying the history and details of our own project, readily available on the town's Web site. They continue to repeat the same fears about various possible impacts from these graceful, clean, renewable sources of electricity. Fears are not easily dispelled, but the facts speak for themselves.
They fear shadow-flicker; the town has pledged to mitigate this potential problem, even shutting down the turbines if need be. They fear loss of property values; studies by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the National Association of Realtors show that wind turbines have no statistical effect on property values.
They fear noise; no scientific study has shown any adverse health effects from wind turbine noise. They fear being hit by ice or parts of the turbine; no resident has ever been even injured, let alone killed, by ice or pieces of equipment thrown from the thousands of wind turbines in operation. They worry about insurance on their homes; the town will own the turbines and will have insurance covering general liability.
Despite all evidence to the contrary, the opponents persist in repeating their message of gloom and doom for residents of the neighborhoods near the turbines. The fact is that in Massachusetts and nearby Rhode Island there are many wind turbine facilities, and many more under development.
Counting only the five turbines in Portsmouth, R.I.(two turbines), Hull (two turbines), and at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, there are 83 residences or about 250 people living closer to those turbines than would be the case here. And this does not count the hundreds of students at the Portsmouth Abbey, Hull High School, Portsmouth High School, and MMA who attend school with wind turbines either on or next to their campuses.
Where are their protests? Where are the documented cases of wind turbine-induced illnesses? There may be a few people who do not like those turbines for some reason. However, the environmental and economic value those turbines bring to their communities without causing harm to people is well-documented, and reasonable people understand this.
The Dartmouth project conforms to town bylaw No. 34 governing large-scale wind turbine projects that was passed unanimously by Town Meeting in June 2008. The project seeks no waivers, and abides by its height limit and conservative setback requirements. The reason for the 100-meter (328-foot) towers is simple — that is where the winds are best. Other towns are coming to this realization. There are six other projects in the works in Massachusetts involving 28 turbines with 100-meter or greater tower heights.
Although the opponents say they are not NIMBYs, their resistance to the Dartmouth wind project is classic NIMBYism. They say they are not opposed to wind turbines as long as they are built elsewhere in the town.
#2 Jan 4, 2010
We will fill the application out at a later date,get FAA approval later -- The residents think they run this town - Think again
This is for your good -- If you don't vote for this I'll quit !
#3 Dec 3, 2011
wow mr carson is a spinner...almost each and every line of his letter could be "spun" another way...interesting he does not "value" one single concern of the "concerned" residents/neighbors. Marginalize the opposition, a very nasty tactic!
Mitigation...the word implies there is indeed something that needs mitigating...an acknowledgement of one of the concerns of the neighbors...Mr Carson, shame on you
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