Falmouth Wind Turbines - David vs Goliath
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#1 Jan 11, 2013
January 8, 2013 • Blogs, Massachusetts
Wind turbine mediation David and Goliath 2013
Credit: Bill Carson | Falmouth Patch | January 7, 2013 | falmouth.patch.com ~~
What options are left for the Wind Turbine Options Analysis Process in Falmouth ?
The town has no agreements about property rights with the abutters of the turbines or any agreements based on the advice of qualified legal counsel. The residents living near the turbines lost their quality of life three years ago over noise issues. The mediators have to look at the government’s power to take private property for public purposes.
The wind industry has long known about wind turbines noise. The WTG, wind turbine generator, have direct physiological impacts like rapid heart beat, nausea and blurred vision caused by the ultra-low-frequency sound and vibrations from the turbines. The CEO of the largest wind company in the world acknowledges low frequency noise and setbacks to residential homes.
Thousands of noise complaints and lawsuits about turbine noise and vibrations have cropped up in Fairhaven, Scituate and Kingston. Our elected officials and mediators need to listen to the thousands of complaints.
The residential home owners face large legal expenses to protect their property rights. The State of Massachusetts on the other had has a renewable energy goal of 2000 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020. The state created several semi- quasi state agencies to promote renewable energy projects within the state. These well oiled agencies provide millions of dollars in resources to site commercial wind projects. In fact one semi-quasi agency sold the Town of Falmouth a turbine.
The Falmouth home owners only want the American Dream. The right to their health and home ownership which they achieved through hard work.
The Town of Falmouth looks to the short term financial benefit of commercial wind. The State of Massachusetts has renewable energy mandates by 2020 and semi quasi state agencies whose goal is dedicated to accelerating the success of megawatt commercial wind turbines .
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