Almost Heaven, West Virginia

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Well, Almost Heaven – until the giant fans went up.

West Virginia woman sues wind farm over vibrations, noise
The Associated Press
2 October 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – A West Virginia woman who says she’s suffered physically and mentally from turbine vibration at a wind farm near Keyser is suing to have the operations shut down.

Anna Bell Saville lives about 1 1/2 miles from the site and contends she’s lost the ability to enjoy her home and property. She sued Pinnacle Wind Farm LLC and its parent company, Rosemead, Calif.-based Edison Mission Group, in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg late Tuesday.

The 23 turbines on Green Mountain create low-frequency pulsation noise and vibration that is irritating, annoying and “at times, severely debilitating, causing core pulsations,” her complaint said.

The sound, vibrations and “light flicker” are so intense that they cause anxiety, tinnitus, and mental and emotional distress that often force her to leave home, Saville said.

She wants a federal judge to issue an injunction shutting down the turbines and is demanding reimbursement for lost wages and medical expenses. Saville also wants unspecified compensation for the annoyance.

Vice President Charlie Parnell said Edison Mission Group won’t comment on litigation, except to say it “strongly denies the allegations being made against the project, and we will defend ourselves vigorously.”

No hearings have been scheduled.

Last year, Edison Mission Group announced it would spend $500,000 on sound muffling devices to address complaints.

Parnell said that project was finished by midyear, and by all accounts, has been a significant improvement.

The upgrade was prompted by a separate noise complaint filed with the West Virginia Public Service Commission.
Associated Press.

STT is very keen to learn more about Edison Mission Group’s “sound muffling devices”??

Sounds to us like these “Yankee” wind weasels have simply stuffed a few Pink Batts inside the nacelle to keep the gearbox noise down to a grinding, metallic deafening ROAR.

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When we say “Yankees”, we mean Northern carpetbaggers – a “Southern” Gentleman would never allow a Virginia Belle, like Miss Saville, to come in harm’s way.

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I have many traits, but cruelty to ladies is most surely not one of them.

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One thing’s for sure – the “muffling devices” can’t have been fitted over 3 x 50m blades whirring along with their outer tips clocking over 350 km/h.

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Good luck “muffling” that lot!!

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As Neil Kelley and a top team from NASA worked out over 30 years ago – it’s the physics of the blades that generates the impulsive low frequency noise and infrasound that causes sleep deprivation, nausea and vertigo like symptoms and other noise related adverse health effects – as explained by crack neurophysiologist, Professor Alec Salt in this video.

After STT dug up Kelley’s work and it hit the press – Rusty Marsh from the Clean Energy Council came up with the “Atari defence” – claiming that “modern turbines” are nothing like the turbines being studied by Kelley & Co in the 1980s and that it was like comparing Ataris with iPads.

But Kelley knocked that one for 6 – confirming that modern turbines create exactly the same problems as earlier fans, stating: “We found the majority of the physics responsible for creating the annoyance associated with this downwind prototype are applicable to large upwind machines”.  See our posts here and here.

To STT, the idea that you could ever “muffle” the noise from the blades sounds just like the Atari defence.  To Johnny Rotten – it sounds like complete bollocks.

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“Muffling” noise from giant fans sounds as likely as
me heading up the London Philharmonic.

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

Comments

  1. Jim Hutson says:

    Take a good look at the downstream turbulence in the attached photograph and try and tell me there is nothing going on there.
    Do you see anything else but clear air outside the wind turbines? Sorry Wind turbine Companies and all your cronies, we are not
    the idiots you think we are, and we are slowly but surely rising to the challenge.

  2. Reblogged this on Mothers Against Wind Turbines and commented:
    Wind weasels know they are harming people….they just don’t care!!!

  3. David Mortimer says:

    When was the last time a wind weasel or one of their “acoustic” flunkeys ever tested for low frequency or infra sound? I’d suggest that the answer is NEVER!

    I wonder why? Just like Christine Milne never reading anything anti-wind, so she/they can put their hand on their heart and state honestly that they have never SEEN any evidence!

    Don’t they realise that big blades spinning at low revs means infra sound which ever side of the tower they are on.

    Don’t they realise that hollow FRP blades are going to act as huge loudspeakers and radiate all the electric motor, generator and transformer hum out into the air and be most pronounced on a calm night? Just try getting to sleep in our home on one of those nights (or any night for that matter).

    We have just spent three nights in Victoria. The two nights at Mount Egerton (Ballarat way) were deliciously peaceful. The third night at Penshurst 12km from the Macarthur wind monstrosity was a very poor sleep and I had yet another middle of the night panic attack. Have you ever had snakes in your bed? Even imaginary, I can assure you is not fun! I don’t exactly lie awake and will it to happen. It is enough being dog tired from repeated nights of poor sleep without deliberately trying to exacerbate the problem!

    For goodness and humanity’s sake, governments of the world, WAKE UP!

    • If Christine Milne was even half a woman, she would be up at Macarthur industrial wind factory and other sites, to see what the health problems are. But she has no heart for what people suffer, so it just says what the greens are all about – CRAP.

  4. Where does low frequency noise stop? I was in Sydney on Saturday morning at South Cronulla hearing the aeroplanes take off one after the other 15kms away at Sydney airport. I wasn’t outdoor,s I was indoors, ground level, with plenty of trees around, with no direct view of the airport etc.

    I was only hearing at the most one or two aeroplanes at a time, but I wasn’t hearing the higher frequency noise of the engines revving up – just the characteristic rumbling thrust.

    It really makes me wonder why politicians take forever to get it: a curfew on Sydney airport noise after 11pm, but hundreds of wind turbines in the Southern Tablelands creating low frequency noise 24 hours a day is OK?

  5. cornwallwindwatch says:

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch and commented:
    Good luck!

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