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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

April 25, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

‘It’s made my life hell’: Neighbour on a mission to get farmer’s wind turbine demolished

Damien Rice is in a race against time to get a giant wind turbine – which has no planning permission – demolished. As a bricklayer, the Castlewellan man is usually happier seeing things built but when his neighbour erected a huge turbine close to his home all he has dreamed of is seeing it torn down. Headaches, glare from the sun and noise that disturbs their lives on a daily basis are the main complaints about the 40m structure from . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Clarity hearing scheduled for four public officials in Delta County

DELTA COUNTY – A clarity hearing has been scheduled for four public officials in Delta County. Kristi Curry and Autumn Moore have filed a recall wording to recall Garden Township Supervisor Morgan Tatrow and Fairbanks Township Supervisor Ron Collins, Clerk Kathryn Denholm and Trustee James Dalgord. The election commission, comprised of Judge Goebel, County Treasurer Tom Sabor and County Clerk Nancy Kolich, will hold a clarity hearing on May 7 to approve or deny the recall petition wording. The request . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners view video of loud turbine

BAD AXE – A resident showed the Huron County Board of Commissioners video that he feels demonstrates issues with a wind developer’s sound protocol. Robert Gaffke of Bloomfield Township has a long-standing complaint against Heritage Sustainable Energy, which built the two Big Turtle Wind Farms in Huron County. Big Turtle II borders Gaffke’s property, and he has been before both county commissioners and county planners many times in the past 18 months complaining about noise from turbines. Gaffke would not allow . . . Complete story »

April 15, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Case closed on Kidder Hill windmill complaint

IRASBURG – A violation investigation into the siting of two small windmills on Kidder Hill is officially closed, with property owner David Blittersdorf agreeing to pay $10,000 to the state without admitting any violation. Blittersdorf has already taken down the two wind mills. The neighbor who brought the complaint, Robert Garthwaite, and other parties agreed with the payment and conclusion of the case. Garthwaite complained in 2016 that Blittersdorf did not erect his two windmills in the locations described in his . . . Complete story »

April 10, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Further acoustic testing on lone wind turbine in Port Elgin

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change officials say they’re holding UNIFOR to the law over its wind turbine exceeding noise limits, but Saugeen Shores councillors are not convinced. MOECC Owen Sound district manager Rick Chappell says an acoustic audit for the union’s Port Elgin wind turbine conducted last year came back incomplete, but says there was enough data to suggest the turbine may have been exceeding noise standards. He says the MOECC issued an order for UNIFOR to submit a . . . Complete story »

April 7, 2018 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Investigators search for cause of UMPI’s turbine fire

The site is secure around the wind turbine that caught fire last Sunday night on the University of Maine Presque Isle campus. According to University President Ray Rice, safety was their number one priority. The generator in the wind turbine caught fire around 10:45 Sunday night. Rice says that produced an electrical surge which caused a good portion of the University to lose power. The Presque Isle Fire Department responded to the fire. According to Fire Chief Darrell White, with . . . Complete story »

April 7, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Settlement reached in Deerfield Wind blasting complaint

A landowner who said his property was damaged by blasting at a nearby wind power facility has reached a settlement with developers. Francis Candiloro of Searsburg filed the complaint against the Deerfield Wind project in July 2017. The state opened an investigation into Candiloro’s claim in November. The 15-turbine Deerfield Wind project is owned by Avangrid Renewables, a U.S. division of the international energy company, Iberdrola Renewables. Deerfield Wind’s state permit required the company to develop a blasting plan and . . . Complete story »

April 7, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Arkwright seeks solutions for Brainard, Miller roads problems

ARKWRIGHT – Roger Cardot took the lead role in scolding the wind farm representatives for their treatment of Miller and Brainard roads. The town councilman vented area residents’ concerns as the risk of muddy, swampy roads grows during wet season at the end of winter, beginning of spring. The roads were blocked off to heavy traffic and stoned to allow local traffic to pass at the end of February. The conditions were unacceptable to councilman Cardot. “Those roads’ve got to be . . . Complete story »

April 6, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Blog info disappears, raising questions

Just days after information on how deep pile driving methods could impact adjacent water wells was discovered in a company blog, the Hydro One consulting firm pulled down the info from its website. Brought to the public’s attention by Essex MPP Taras Natyshak, the blog on the EBS Geostructural website referenced the North Kent One wind turbine project in North Chatham and the recommendation to use a micro-piling method of construction for the turbine foundation instead of the deep piling . . . Complete story »

April 1, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Negative impact pile driving would have on water wells in north C-K cited in report

Essex MPP Taras Natyshak is calling a report that states pile driving would negatively impact water wells in the north Chatham-Kent area a “smoking gun.” Natyshak, who was ejected from Queen’s Park on March 8 for bringing a sample of sediment-filled black water into the Ontario legislature, raised the issue of water well problems on several properties in the North Kent Wind 1 wind farm project area again on Wednesday. During Question Period, he cited a public report from EBS . . . Complete story »

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