Falmouth Turbine Talks Fail Christmas...

Falmouth Turbine Talks Fail Christmas Eve

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Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#1 Dec 27, 2012
Falmouth Turbine Talks Fail Christmas Eve

Falmouth residents, local officials and an environmental mediation company met for the twenty second time for three hours December 18,2012 Another twenty third meeting is scheduled for January 8&9 ,2013.

The mediation has failed to end a conflict that has divided and challenged the town’s relationships and reputation over the poor siting of commercial megawatt turbines in residential locations.

The mediation after 22 sessions looks more like an attempt of re-education of the residents living around the turbines. Residents expressed disbelief that mediator would not acknowledge the negative impact of the turbines on the property values of their homes. The residents site ongoing health issues over a three year period as their main concern.

The mediation has dragged on for eight months. During mediation meetings the local residents with health concerns are kept waiting until the end of the meetings to offer public comments.In one case residents had to wait three hours.

Local residents have abandoned their homes or moved to the basements to get away from the noise. The negotiations have driven relationships and effective communication among the local officials, affected families, and other members of the town far worse than when they started.

The mediation spends to much time on the town budget ignoring the health, safety, well-being of impacted abutters and economic impacts on property for abutters.

The residents all got a shock Christmas week when the Falmouth Wind II began operating at night on Christmas Eve. The local officials had agreed to running the turbines only between 7 AM and 7 PM .

Local officials won't comment on how the turbine ran out of control . It looks like the Falmouth officials have made their statement through the "accidental operation" of turbine on Christmas Eve.

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