Fairhaven locals “devastated” as “Windy” and “Gusto” shutdown at night


A pair of Fairhaven Favourites.


According to our CSIRO – people just can’t wait to cuddle up next to those lovable little puppies.

And STT readers now know that Greens and their greentard mates plan their camping trips so they can get as much fan time as possible.

Remember the Clean Energy Council’s ol’ chestnut about wind turbines being quieter than a fridge at 500m?

And Sonus’ “wizard tale” of how the noise from turbines is as soothing as waves lapping on the beach?

With those unassailable facts in mind – watch this video and you’ll understand just why Fairhaven locals were absolutely “devastated” at the news that their town’s favourite little pets “Windy” and “Gusto” will be shut down from 7pm to 7am every night.

STT, as they say, “feels their pain”.

No doubt the good people of Fairhaven are going to really miss the soothing melody of 50m blades gently caressing the breeze – our thoughts are with them – be strong and you will overcome.

Oh and if you think turbines sound like a Kelvinator or waves caressing a moonlit beach cop an earful of this:

Notice too the way the developers exhibited their exemplary courage when it came to fronting a big crowd of vocal locals – no doubt there’s a job for “Futureye” in Fairhaven.

Fairhaven MA_2942

Here’s the text setting out the “Fairhaven tragedy”.

Fairhaven Wind Turbines Ordered Off at Night
Mark Curtis
11 June 2013

Applause broke out the Fairhaven Town Hall, after the Board of Health voted to shut down the Fairhaven wind turbines from 7 at night until 7 every morning, effective immediately.

The Health Department received over 400 complaints.

“What people are experiencing is chronic sleeplessness, being woken up in the middle of the night. They are experiencing headaches. What’s really, really hard for some of the families is that some of the children are affected” said Louise Barteau, a wind turbine opponent.

The decision brought tears to some who’ve fought the turbine battle for years.

Dawn Devlin, a wind turbine opponent said, “It’s enough for now, so that for the people who are affected, can get some sleep and get healthy again.”

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, “For now the shutdown of the wind turbines is a temporary solution, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. But if the developer does not find a permanent solution to the noise problems, they could be shut down for good.”

The developers of Fairhaven Wind – which operates the turbines – attended the meeting, but declined our request for an interview.

In a surprise move the Board of Selectmen voted that Fairhaven Wind had breached its lease because of noise violations, and it has 30 days to fix them.

Dr. Barbara Acksen, from the Fairhaven Board of Health said, “We had been told that if the DEP found that the turbines were in non-compliance, that they would direct the Select Board to shut them down, and I was very surprised that they didn’t.”

Testing showed that the wind turbines were too loud, especially at night.

WARNING: this post contains SATIRE and SARCASM.

Where you see the word “devastated” read “overwhelmed with delight.”


About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.


  1. Step one….shut em down, Step two….tear em down!


  1. […] Well – STT puts out a Pepsi challenge to anyone of them that watches the video below.  It’s a promo for an upcoming documentary from the US that tells the tragic tale of the community at Fairhaven, Massachusetts – suffering the effects of a so-called “community” wind farm. […]

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