Falmouth Wind Turbine Vote “civil dis...

Falmouth Wind Turbine Vote “civil disobedience”

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Sally Reynolds

Mattapoisett, MA

#1 Apr 1, 2012

Invitation to participate in “civil disobedience” in Falmouth on April 2, 2012 (MA)

Editor’s note: The following is a call to “demonstrate” in Falmouth, MA, tomorrow (April 2nd). However, we are taking the liberty of ratcheting up the “demonstration” to a call for civil disobedience.

There have been “demonstrations” aplenty in Falmouth; the municipality needs to be confronted by a different order of magnitude of the by now painfully obvious message: ”No turbines in town!”

If you live anywhere within reasonable driving distance of Falmouth, consider joining. Yes, be disobedient.

Tomorrow, Monday April, 2, at 7:00 p.m., there will be a municipal meeting held at the Lawrence Middle School, Falmouth, MA to discuss and to vote on Article 23 on their Town warrant.The warrant reads:

To see if the town will vote to continue suspended operation of Wind 1 and curtailment of suspended operation of Wind 2, except for periods required for the further study or ordinary maintenance of either turbine, until November 2012 Town Meeting, at which time concerns for both turbines can be addressed in the context of studies and mitigation options funded by Town Meeting in November 2011, as well as a new turbine by-law currently under development by the Planning Board, or do or take any action on this matter.”

Organizers are asking everyone who can come, to join them in a “Standout”—a demonstration of concern and solidarity with the victims of the negative effects of the poorly sited wind turbines.The standout will be held outside the Lawrence Middle School at 6:00 p.m. Signs will be provided and the attendees are welcome to bring their own.This will be a very important moment in the lives of the Falmouth neighbors.

 They have already reached out to many to warn us of the awful risks and suffering the unwise placement of Industrial Wind Turbines can bring upon people.Directions from Bourne Bridge at Bourne, MA:Go halfway around ROTARYHead straight down to FalmouthGo left on Lakeview Ave.Proceed about ¼ mile and on your right you will see us outside. You can’t miss us!
Sally Reynolds

Mattapoisett, MA

#3 Apr 8, 2012
Falmouth, Massachusetts -Wind 1 Wind Turbine - Vestas V 82 1.65 MW Turbine . A 1.65 MW Vestas V-82 wind turbine installed at the Falmouth Wastewater Treatment Plant was dedicated on January 16, 2010.Over 50 residents are sick from the low frequency sounds from the turbine.


Letter from Vestas worried about regulation of low-frequency noise

Author: Engel, Ditlev

Note : Ditlev Engel is Chief Executive Officer Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Dear Karen Ellemann,*

"Following previous correspondence, I am writing this letter to express my concern regarding the limits for low frequency noise from wind turbines now being proposed.

Back in January 2011 we applauded your announcement of the new regulations regarding low frequency noise and the fact that you also then emphasised that those regulations would not be tightened and that it was a question of improving the security in connection with the installation of wind turbines. Accordingly, the reaction from the industry branch back in January 2011 was positive, although as an industry we were uneasy about having heavier demands imposed on us than other industries."

"At this point you may have asked yourself why it is that Vestas does not just make changes to the wind turbines so that they produce less noise? The simple answer is that at the moment it is not technically possible to do so, and it requires time and resources because presently we are at the forefront of what is technically possible for our large wind turbines, and they are the most efficient of all. "

Yours sincerely,
Vestas Wind Systems A/S
Ditlev Engel
Chief Executive Officer
Alsvej 21, DK-8940
Dir.+45 9730 0000, www.vestas. com

A copy of this letter was sent to Lykke Friis, Minister for Climate and Energy

*Karen Ellemann, Minister of Environment
Department of Environment
Højbro Plads 4
1200 Copenhagen K
Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#4 Feb 1, 2013
Peaceful civil disobedience does not threaten the safety of anyone.And, should people in a free society feel the necessity to make such a statement do it !

The Massachusetts Constitution affirms the dignity and equality of all individuals. It forbids the creation of second-class citizens. Yet, in the mad rush to implement green energy policies, the state of Massachusetts is creating a second class group of citizens through the poor siting of commercial wind turbines.

The Falmouth Select Board has stepped up to the plate for all the citizens of Massachusetts. Falmouth spent almost $400,000.00 on talks between abutters and public officials and twenty six meetings.

The installation of commercial megawatt turbines shows compellingly that the symptoms and illnesses called Wind Turbine Syndrome and Vibro-Acoustic Disease are caused by exposure. This is the low frequency noise from the large megawatt turbines in residential locations.

The state noise regulations were written in the 1970s long before wind turbine installations. The Massachusetts Model Bylaws written in the 1990s by the state of Massachusetts were written for 660 Killowatt turbines. In the last few years the large megawatt turbines have been sited near residential homes.

Kingston Massachusetts



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