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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.

January 18, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Legislator suspected wind industry behind tracking device

MOORE – The state legislator who found a GPS tracker on his pickup suspects the wind industry is behind it. Rep. Mark McBride spoke to a Moore police officer about his suspicions late Dec. 4 after finding the tracking device underneath his pickup. “He advised me of the possibility of a wind farm corporation being connected to placing the GPS on his vehicle,” Officer Francisco Franco wrote in a police information report. The officer wrote McBride explained he “is in the . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmaker suspects wind industry in spying case; Oklahoma politicians stunned by discovery of possible spying

OKLAHOMA CITY – A Republican lawmaker’s discovery of a magnetic box containing a high-tech tracking device affixed to the bottom of his truck is being investigated by Oklahoma officials, who also revealed that four other GOP legislators have reported concerns they were being followed. The mysterious discovery has stunned Oklahoma’s political class, and raised questions about who would spy on lawmakers. “This is outrageous behavior and very reckless and foolish, and it could lead to somebody getting hurt,” Oklahoma County District . . . Complete story »

January 15, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Fined £51,000 … for having a loud wind turbine

A wind turbine operator has been fined tens of thousands of pounds after one of its wind turbines made too much noise. Magistrates imposed a total of £51,000 in fines after Kirklees Council prosecuted the operator for noise pollution following ongoing complaints from those living close to the turbine at Cote Farm, Hade Edge. They took court action against the turbine operator, Windvest Limited, and its director Dean Staveley of Thurstonland. The judge found the company and its director guilty . . . Complete story »

January 14, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines causing trouble for some homeowners

MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) – Wind farms have become more noticeable in Central Illinois over the years. Some who live in view of the towers are annoyed – they say they’re interfering with basic utilities. Those living nearby say most of the wind turbines started turning a couple months ago. Their main concerns are a decrease in property values, noise and signals going fuzzy. Now a few homeowners plan to take the county to court. “We have forever received our television signal . . . Complete story »

January 13, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Four public officials in Delta County facing recall petitions over Heritage wind turbine expansion

DELTA COUNTY – Three Fairbanks Township board members and one Garden Township board member are facing recall petitions for alleged conflicts of interest regarding the potential expansion of the Heritage wind farm on the Garden Peninsula. The petitions filed in Delta County on Thursday, January 11, name Garden Township Supervisor Morgan Tatrow, Fairbanks Township Supervisor Ronald Collins, Fairbanks Township Clerk Kathryn Denholm and Fairbanks Township Trustee James Dalgord as all being “(I)n violation of conflict of interest laws as outlines . . . Complete story »

January 12, 2018 • Blogs, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Michigan landowners’ long-shot lawsuit has high stakes for wind industry

An unlikely legal win by neighbors of a Michigan wind farm would have the potential to chill wind energy development in the state, legal experts say. A group of landowners filed suit in state court in August alleging a wind project near Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula is causing adverse health effects. These include sleep interruption and deprivation, stress, “extreme fatigue, anxiety and emotional distress.” Those claims will be difficult to prove, legal experts said, but if the landowners . . . Complete story »

January 11, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Iowa Office of Consumer Advocate backs lawsuit against Midamerican Energy

FACTS 1) A facility that requires a certificate of public convenience, use and necessity from the [Iowa Utilities] Board is defined by Iowa Code § 476A.1(5) as “any electric power generating plant or a combination of plants at a single site, owned by any person, with a total capacity of twenty-five megawatts of electricity or more.” 2) MidAmerican Energy Company is developing a wind energy project in Palo Alto County that consists of at least 170 wind turbines, each with . . . Complete story »

January 9, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Cape Bridgewater wind farm blows no good for neighbour

While wind farms are expected to bring great economic benefits to the south-west, Melissa Ware says they have only brought health and economic problems for her. Ms Ware said she had been medically advised to leave her Cape Bridgewater home because of the impacts from the Cape Bridgewater wind farm, which has a wind turbine only 550 metres from her back fence. Ms Ware said the wind farm disturbed her sleep and caused her to suffer high blood pressure, headaches . . . Complete story »

January 9, 2018 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Norway’s Sami communities battle to maintain traditions

This winter, Sami reindeer herder Risten Aleksandersen and her family are facing a major threat to their age-old way of life. The Aleksandersens have raised, herded and slaughtered reindeer as a central part of their indigenous culture for generations. But now a huge wind farm and property developments are encroaching on the land their reindeer use for grazing on the island of Kvaloya in Norway’s far north. “They are using explosives to carve out a road, and we’ve had to . . . Complete story »

January 6, 2018 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines linked to increased cortisol levels?

The Golden West Wind Energy Center, located in Calhan, Colorado, has been fully operational since October 2015. The wind farm, owned by NextEra Energy Resource, includes 145, 453-foot tall industrial turbines that have allegedly negatively impacted the health of residents (and their animals) living within the area of the wind farm. Cindy Cobb, a resident who lives near the wind farm, has reported dizziness, nausea and headaches since the turbines became operational. Cobb said her animals are suffering as well . . . Complete story »

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