In our last post we popped up the study done by Steven Cooper at Pacific Hydro’s Cape Bridgewater wind farm, that’s sent the wind industry and its parasites into complete melt-down.
And its keenest advocates have turned on Pac Hydro, with the kind of hate-filled vengeance (usually reserved for traitors) for letting Cooper off the leash in the first place (see this rant from the Climate Speculator).
One thing that’s really incensed them is the fact that they’ve completely lost control over the (usually pliant and gullible) media – as seen in this sharp little piece from Channel 7’s Today Tonight – available here.
And here’s a couple more press articles, detailing just what’s causing the frantic-fuss among giant fan advocates and profiteers.
Cape Bridgewater wind farm ‘a health hazard’
22 January 2015
SIX Cape Bridgewater residents involved in groundbreaking research on side-effects of wind farm infrasound have called for the state government to declare the area a health hazard.
They have also called on the federal government to fund new studies on long-term health implications of living near wind farms, of which many are scattered across the south-west.
However, the Australian Wind Alliance, which represents companies associated with the renewable energy industry, has disputed the study findings and described them as speculative.
Acoustic engineer Steven Cooper was commissioned by Pacific Hydro to determine if wind conditions or sound levels caused disturbances identified by residents.
His preliminary findings from eight weeks of monitoring data and residents’ diaries claim to have identified a trend between acoustics produced by turbine blades while generating electricity and sensations reported by the residents.
He also claims to have identified a “signature sound” from turbines below the level of normal hearing which he said should be the basis for medical research.
Alleged health side-effects have been debated for decades. Some residents living nearby the huge towers and turbines have long complained of effects including headaches, nausea, pressures in their head, ears and chest, ringing ears and racing heart.
The Cape Bridgewater residents issued a joint statement yesterday saying the Cooper report also demonstrated that current noise pollution guidelines were useless. “Are we just third-class citizens whose fate it is to become collateral damage to these unsafe machines?” they asked.
“We expect Pacific Hydro will rectify the problems at Cape Bridgewater, address proper compensation for those who have been harmed and join, indeed lead, the drive for reform of regulation of wind power facilities.”
Mr Cooper will present his report to a public meeting at Portland Golf Club on February 16. The wind alliance said the report was based on a narrow band of information and did not account for the sensations described by residents when the turbines were not operating.
“Hundreds of thousands of people live comfortably in close vicinity of wind farms across the world – this report can’t change this,” the alliance said.
Among the howlers pitched up by wind industry parasites, the – creepily named – Australian Wind Alliance is this piece of demonstrable rubbish: “Hundreds of thousands of people live comfortably in close vicinity of wind farms across the world”.
No they don’t: see our post here.
And the fact that they don’t “live comfortably in close vicinity of wind farms”, has been admitted by Danish wind power outfits that are buying up homes and villages, calling in the bulldozers and flattening them (see our post here).
The wind industry in Australia is equally alive to that FACT – and – wherever they’ve had to concede it – they quietly buy out their victims’ properties, bulldoze them (see our post here) and make damn sure they stitch up the unfortunate (homeless) family with bullet proof gag clauses (see our posts here and here) – that their lawyers enforce with the zeal and vigour of the Old GDR’s Stasi (see our post here).
Next is the carping about the report being “narrow” and “speculative”.
STT doubts that the unnamed spruiker from the Australian Wind Alliance has even bothered to read, what is a detailed and technical report, and if they did, they clearly haven’t understood it. Calling a report of 295 pages with 500 pages of Appendices “narrow” suggests the spruiker concerned hasn’t even seen it, let alone read it.
Moreover, as is the want of eco-fascists, these boys have a keen eye for what’s been and gone; but their lack of intellectual equipment generally leads to a failure to consider what comes next: what those with the equipment call “foresight”.
A theme to which we’ll return in a moment, but first, here’s another fine wrap up from Graham Lloyd.
Noise specialist cheers wind farm report
23 January 2015
A STUDY of health impacts from low-frequency noise at Victoria’s Cape Bridgewater wind farm is “groundbreaking” and makes “a unique contribution to science”, a noise and health expert says.
Bob Thorne, a psycho-acoustician qualified to assess health impacts from noise, said the obvious question from the report, written for owner Pacific Hydro, was whether the operation could be modified to reduce or mitigate disturbances to residents.
“At 235 pages for the report and six technical annexures (491 pages), the study cannot be matched by any previous wind farm study in Australia,” Dr Thorne said in a letter to its author, Steven Cooper, and provided to The Australian.
Mr Cooper was asked by Pacific Hydro to assess three households that had complained about impacts from the wind farm.
He used sophisticated recording equipment inside and outside the houses and near the wind turbines and matched the wind farm performance with sensations recorded in diaries by six residents.
In his report, Mr Cooper said the residents’ observations “indicates that the major source of complaint from the operation of the turbines would appear to be related to sensation rather than noise or vibration”.
The impacts were found to be most pronounced when the turbines were starting up, at full power or changing load by more than 20 per cent up or down. The trigger for adverse sensations was identified as 4Hz to 5Hz at 50 decibels, well below the hearing threshold for that frequency.
Mr Cooper said the results were in line with studies in the US on early-model wind turbines and appeared to be the result of instability of the turbine blades, which did not have free air flowing over them.
Due to the small number of residents surveyed, Mr Cooper and the company said, more testing was required. Pacific Hydro has said that it did not accept Mr Cooper’s findings that a “cause and effect” had been established between wind-farm performance and resident complaints.
The Clean Energy Council has dismissed the findings.
Dr Thorne, who has been asked previously to investigate the health concerns of residents living near wind turbines, said the Cooper report “has raised hard questions for Pacific Hydro to discuss with the residents … The development and determination of the concept of ‘sensation’ as distinct from ‘noise’ due to infrasound, low-frequency sound, audible sound or vibration is groundbreaking and unique”, Dr Thorne said.
“The concept has an important place alongside standard measures such as ‘quality of life’ and psycho-acoustical correlates.”
The obvious support from both Pacific Hydro and the residents was the standout feature of the Cooper study, “and it is clear from the text that the outcomes were not envisaged by yourself (Cooper) or study participants”.
Good to see the Clean Energy Council adopting the “if we ignore it, it will all go away like a bad dream” approach. But, with what’s to follow, their wind industry clients might reasonably ask for a refund.
STT hears that the spin-kings at the CEC – now headed up by near-bankrupt wind power outfit, Infigen’s head, Miles “Boy” George – are seething at how Pac Hydro let this one get so completely out of control.
Just goes to show, it’s a dog-eat-dog world. The ruckus that’s blown up amongst former team-mates, is a bit like what happens among professional gangsters, when things don’t pan out quite as meticulously as they were planned.
So, how did it end in such a trail of wind industry tears?
After 6 years of being bombarded with hundreds of bitter complaints from residents, Pac Hydro engaged a top-flight “community outrage” management outfit, called Futureye to slam the lid on those complaints (see our post here).
Futureye failed to quash the complaints – the victims’ seething rage and the complaints continued. No surprises there.
Pac Hydro then made a decision which runs entirely counter to everything that appears in the wind industry’s “playbook”.
Pac Hydro decided to give the residents what they wanted: agreeing to pay to engage Steven Cooper to carry out a proper noise study – and to cough up all the wind speed and turbine operational data required for that task – what’s called SCADA data.
In that one move, Pac Hydro turned the “playbook” on its head, rule 1 of which says:
- never, ever, ever cooperate with independent noise studies;
- under no circumstances will a wind power outfit hand over wind speed and turbine operational data for any such study (or at all, ever);
- if faced with any heat to do so, the operator must automatically claim “commercial-in-confidence” over (wait for it) wind speed measurements etc; and
- unless and until hell freezes over, no wind power outfit is to shut down wind turbines to allow for meaningful on/off noise and vibration testing, ever.
Although, we note, the “on-off testing” that occurred at Cape Bridgewater was the result of a two-week shutdown related to high voltage cabling work associated with the wind farm; rather than any deliberate decision on Pac Hydro’s part – much like the “lucky break” that occurred at Waterloo, SA last year (see our post here).
So why did Pac Hydro do it?
STT hears that the boys from Marshall Day and Sonus – Pac Hydro’s pet acoustic consultants – took the view that Steven Cooper would never find anything; their own testing showed that the wind farm was “compliant” with the noise standard; that the infrasound produced by the turbines was the same as that produced by waves on a moonlit beach; the whole thing was like a zephyr in a thimble; and that it would all blow over soon enough – so why not let Cooper have the data and knock himself out?
Hubris can lead to destructive over-confidence; and that can easily lead the sufferer into unforced errors – just like this one. Oops!
And this little boo-boo leads to COMPENSATION time.
As we pointed out above, the wind industry – and the eco-fascists that parrot for it – score high on the register for carping and moaning about matters immediate; but tend to lack the intellectual finesse needed to forecast anything that might pop up from the other side of the horizon.
Sure, this study was limited to 6 long-suffering people and a period of 8 weeks, but as we pointed out in our last post, what Steven Cooper achieved at Cape Bridgewater is easily capable of being:
- scaled up to include more homes and residents;
- further validated and supported with the inclusion of a representative cohort as a control group in any further study; and
- therefore, repeated, validated and extended, both here, and all around the world.
And that is what is going to allow for a raft of litigation, pursued by hundreds of wind farm victims around the Globe.
In the distance, STT can hear the gleeful sound of lawyers opening files, already.
The evidence gathered so far at Cape Bridgewater – and that which will be gathered in reams, both elsewhere in Australia and around the world – will provide lawyers with precisely the kind of ammunition needed to slot just about everybody that is involved with – or who has profited from – the great wind power fraud.
The grounds for liability to victims are pretty straightforward: common law claims in nuisance and/or negligence (for starters) to obtain substantial damages for personal injury – caused by either – for pain and suffering, loss of amenity and enjoyment of life etc – as well as very substantial damages for the loss of the use and benefit of homes; diminution in the value of those homes and properties; relocation costs etc, etc.
The defendants in the gun will include:
- the wind power outfits concerned;
- the landowners hosting the turbines that cause the damage;
- local Councils (where they are responsible for approving noise conditions and/or enforcing them);
- State government Planning Departments (where they are responsible for approving noise conditions and/or enforcing them);
- authorities, such as Environmental Protection Authorities (where they have either been involved in the creation – and/or (non)-enforcement – of wind farm noise standards);
- acoustic experts engaged by the wind industry for their manifest failure to protect the health and well-being of wind farm neighbours – part of their (purported) ethical responsibilities, and especially those involved in the production of the noise standards;
- State Health Departments, etc.
In short, a veritable cast of ‘thousands’. And behind them (with the exception of turbine hosts) stand a phalanx of insurers and underwriters – who will, no doubt, be taking a good hard look at their exposure.
Pac Hydro, Infigen & Co are already in a world of financial pain (see our post here).
Pac Hydro is backed by IFM Investors – which last year announced a $685 million profit forecast write-down due to the collapse in the value of its Pac Hydro wind farm investments. Pac Hydro has had $220 million knocked off its value due to “uncertainty” surrounding the RET (see our post here).
And things for these cowboys – and wind power outfits everywhere – can only get worse from here.
The word that investors and lenders need to sear into their cognitive machinery is simple and – wherever the big bucks are involved – profane: we’re talking about RISK.
STT hears that commercial lending institutions in Australia have slammed the door on wind power outfits looking for the cash needed to fund new wind farms for very good reasons (see our post here). What blew up at Cape Bridgewater will simply reinforce that attitude – banks will not touch wind power outfits with a barge pole from here on.
Now, while wind farm victims have the opportunity of slamming those responsible in private litigation, STT begs the poser: why should the victims of a government sponsored subsidy scheme have to pay upfront to be compensated for their inevitable suffering and losses?
The wind industry exists (and only exists) by reason of the Large-Scale RET and the REC Tax/Subsidy directed to wind power generators under it – and paid for by ALL Australian electricity consumers, including those with homes and properties adjacent to wind farms (see our posts here and here).
As the beneficiaries of what Liberal MP – Angus “the Enforcer” Taylor properly describes as “corporate welfare on steroids”, mandating that the wind industry fully compensate wind farm neighbours for all of their losses seems only fair.
At the Federal level, Australia is all about compensation: whether it’s Centrelink, a National Disability Insurance Scheme or a national healthcare scheme (ie Medicare), the Federal government has no trouble at all forcing taxpayers to cough up and ensure that those without, or who have suffered some of the bad luck dished up by daily life, get compensated.
In the same vein, the wind industry has already pocketed something like $9 billion worth of REC Tax/Subsidies – and is lining up for a further $50 billion of the same under the LRET: “compensation” for producing “renewable” energy that they hope to gleefully pocket at power consumers’ expense.
The wind industry’s victims have, therefore, been belted twice: once through their power bills, paying for the subsidies that resulted in the giant fans speared into their backyards; and again, through their personal loss and suffering, and the economic loss of the value of their (often unliveable and/or worthless) homes and properties.
The wind industry and its parasites were pretty quick to set the ‘rules’ in a way that means wind power outfits can operate around the clock, without any regard for the harm caused (eg, sleep deprivation) – ‘rules’ maliciously designed to discriminate against wind farm neighbours.
These are the boys who have sought to evade and avoid any kind of reasonable controls on their operations.
From the outset, they’ve made every effort to ensure that irrelevant and, therefore, woefully inadequate noise standards were adopted and are maintained – for a chronology of wind industry deception on this score, see our post: Three Decades of Wind Industry Deception: A Chronology of a Global Conspiracy of Silence and Subterfuge – and have doggedly refused to cooperate whenever victims are trying to impose even those woeful standards; and who now – like the Clean Energy Council and the Australian Wind Alliance – are quick to pooh-pooh Steven Cooper’s study on obviously spurious grounds; and who will fight tooth-and-nail to prevent any possibility of the same thing ever happening again.
So, it seems only fair that wind power outfits – who benefit from the largest single industry subsidy scheme in the history of the Commonwealth – see some of the value of the REC Tax/Subsidy (that they would otherwise keep for themselves) get siphoned off to compensate those whose lives and interests they’ve bent over backwards to destroy.
Remember, governments set this mess up in the first place; and, therefore, it is well within their power to clean it up and put things right.
And now is the hour.
Fortunately, all these matters and more are on the radar and squarely in the sights of the Senate Select Committee, its terms of reference including the following:
(1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on Wind Turbines be established to inquire into and report on the application of regulatory governance and economic impact of wind turbines by 24 June 2015, with particular reference to:
(b) how effective the Clean Energy Regulator is in performing its legislative responsibilities and whether there is a need to broaden those responsibilities;
(c) the role and capacity of the National Health and Medical Research Council in providing guidance to state and territory authorities;
(d) the implementation of planning processes in relation to wind farms, including the level of information available to prospective wind farm hosts;
(e) the adequacy of monitoring and compliance governance of wind farms;
(f) the application and integrity of national wind farm guidelines;
(i) any related matter.
If, like those unfortunates at Cape Bridgewater, you are suffering from, or are threatened by, turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound – then you’ve got a chance to have your say on:
- the ‘standards’ and planning ‘controls’ that are so lax as to be risible;
- the callous conduct of wind power outfits, like Pac Hydro & Co;
- the institutional corruption that not only permits, but which actively defends that conduct;
- the losses you have suffered, or are likely to suffer, as a result of the above;
- why there should be mandatory compensation payable to wind farm neighbours for all such losses (incurred or anticipated) caused by wind power generators; and
- that the compensation payable should come from a fund set-up through a mandatory levy placed on the RECs received by all wind power generators.
So why not get in there and hammer them, by dropping a detailed submission to the Senate Inquiry along those lines?
Note that the opportunity to make submissions to the Committee ends on 4 May 2015. See the link here.
19 thoughts on “Pacific Hydro’s “Monumental Own Goal”: Or How Steven Cooper’s Wind Farm Study Helps Sink the Wind Industry”
From the moment I read the Steven Cooper study, as with Bill Palmer’s Room Modes study, as a person who lives 4.7km from a Wind Farm which has been operating for 7 months and whose family has since experienced medical issues we’ve not had previously which are consistent with what these gentlemen observed: both Steven Cooper and Bill Palmer get it.
We need to support them. I thank both of them. It is not even so much the noise and vibration infiltrating our home, but rather the Tinnitus, Headaches, Vertigo, Concentration issues which we are most concerned with, and that those mandated to protect us continue to not be.
Happy, happy Australia Day! Now, envisage the Ted Kallises everywhere that this pyramid scheme is sticking its ugly snout, and you get to see the enormity of it.
I’ll bet the banks are relieved they kept their corporate snouts out of the trough, although they were doubtless sorely tempted. And I wonder how the industry super funds are feeling? Great investment, wasn’t it?
True to form Big Wind and their cronies are going flat out to distort and malign the findings of the Cooper report on Cape Bridgewater. Even Pac Hydro are seeking to downplay the scientific significance of their own report!
The strategy to play the man just shows them all up for the truth and science deniers and corporate liars they are.
Time is on our side, Big Wind’s time is running out.
Bring on the transparent and thorough scientific investigation that has gone begging ever since the NASA/Kelley research of the 1980’s. Great expectations are ahead.
So many ways Steven Cooper’s work will impact and highlight failings.
• The Noise Guidelines concocted with the help of the Wind Industry – inadequate to ensure the safe operation of these things.
• Recognition with factual analysis of data correlated to adversely affected residents diary notes indicating the adverse health impacts reported by people around the world could now be assessed as a formal medical condition.
• That the EPA in South Australia and similar bodies around the world, have been at the best lazy at the most unprofessional in their assessment of wind turbine facilities.
• That Governments have acted without due care when creating Planning Regulations around an industry which has never been formally investigated or required to prove they are capable of operating safely.
• That if residents can ‘sense’ changes then it is more than probable that creatures can also be affected.
• That even when turbines are turned off they are producing vibrations that can be recorded, due to wind gusts ‘rattling’ towers and blades.
• That statements from the industry and its supporters, firstly that low-frequency was not present at wind energy facilities, then changing their stance to it being present everywhere anyway, and that its ‘noise’ is no different to a household ‘refrigerators’, have been lies and not simply a misunderstanding of what low-frequency is.
• That now consistently sought after medical research can proceed along the same lines as Cooper’s methodology.
• That those suffering will be able to seek legal redress, with the knowledge that there is evidence to back up their claims.
• That those using the fallacy of ‘nocebo’ should now be silent, but ego may over-ride common sense.
• That those who have championed research and the cause of health impacts – such as the Waubra Foundation and especially Dr Sarah Laurie are now vindicated.
• That a worldwide industry which has suffocated truth is now finding truth is rising above the mire.
• That those who supported that industry and willingly broadcast propaganda for them will become irrelevant as people begin to see through how they’ve been treated as fools and dunderheads via the ‘authoritative’ puffery with the use of media to push a dangerous industry to cloud reality.
That Pacific Hydro commissioned this study is truly worthwhile us saying thank you. That they got more than they expected indicates just how professional Steven and his team were, and Pacific Hydro got their money’s worth.
The thoroughness of Steven’s work could be a slap in the face to other acousticians who have had an opportunity to be as thorough but were inhibited by only being required to look at ‘heard’ noise and whether the inadequate guidelines were being adhered too.
Perhaps it’s a case of doing a job properly or doing it to suit desired results of the paymaster?
Immaterial comments from those like J Hoepner and W Grant from the Australia National Centre for the public Awareness of Science at Australian National University should be seen for what they are; comments made by people without any relevant qualifications and that do not address the document or its conclusions in an unbiased and professional manner indicating they had actually read or sought qualified expert opinion of the study, which was not stated or required to be an academic research paper, but a report of findings of a study commissioned by Pacific Hydro and undertaken according to their brief.
Such comments show their ignorance and lazy attitude toward anything that does not agree with their personal ideological stance, and in doing so leaves the ANU in a questionable position of whether this centre should be a part of a National University, which receives tax payer funding from the Federal Government.
With regards to the EPA Jackie, I think you are being much too kind by half.
“At the best lazy, at the most unprofessional’ may be a little kind.
An acquaintance of mine suggested collusion, deception and malfeasance may be more appropriate.
Of course I had to ask her what these words mean.
She even suggested there may be a whiff of corrupt behavior with regards to the Ceres wind project.
Of course, being a believer in the authority of all levels of governance and departments of planning in this country, let alone the state of South Australia, I asked why.
She put it to me that it seemed highly inappropriate that the minister and the planning department gave approval to the Ceres project only a few days before they went into caretaker mode, which is a time when the government would not generally make decisions of this magnitude, as it would be deemed inappropriate, even unseemly, as it may be thought to have been made under pressure from sources outside of normal protocol.
Upon reflection, I have wondered how on earth the planning minister could give approval to a project of such magnitude, when the proponents had at that stage, failed to meet in the vicinity of One Hundred conditions of approval, yet were given government sanctioned approval.
And, Suzlon/ RePower/Senvion had around 2 years to meet those conditions but had not been able to.
If this company which, through my dealings had assured us that they had been “ticking all the boxes” and were subsequently “shovel ready”, I came to the opinion that they must beyond reproach.
It was then that the penny dropped…………………………………..
Echo’s of the Rann Government changing the regulations 2 days before Rann retired, which stopped communities being able to appeal against inappropriate wind development approval.
The SA state Labor government has form when it comes to deceptive and misleading conduct and collusion in favor of wind industry mates.
I agree, but remember Rann made these changes as a result of Richard Paltridge stopping Acciona in their tracks and preventing the Allendale East project from going ahead, after which Rann got into such a lather he and Rau forced changes to ensure it could never happen again – in essence ‘fiddling’ things to ensure they and their buddies have a free run in this State.
Weatherill, in cahoots with Rau, is continuing the theme.
Wonder if he has a plan for turbines to utilise the empty space where forests have burnt out – he see’s no point in re-planting – would cost too much – possibly easier for his mates to plant turbines. After all he did said some could be used as community space and he sees his mates as part of our communities!
The wealthy investors of this pyramid scheme, that lent the money to the wind farm operators, have already been paid out and gone as the wind farm operators collected their first grab of subsidies. And now, as with all pyramid schemes, there is the fallout.
A good point Colzy.
With the Ceres project of near 200 turbines x 150 mtrs high on our beloved cropping country of Yorke Peninsula the opportunistic parasite Terry Kallis, the middleman of Ceres was thought to be just such a person.
Once all the boxes were ticked and approval given he was gone with the promised coin.
Unfortunately for “Little Ted”, as he is known here, he hasn’t been been able to get the money honey, ie. the financial backing to build Ceres, quite possibly, as it was suggested to me from an independent acquaintance, to be the “final box to tick”.
When this was suggested to me, I began to see the picture, perhaps even the bigger picture of how lacking is the corporate culture.
Particularly, when easy coin is involved through schemes such as the Large Scale Renewable Energy Certificates, which is forced upon retail energy users, such as …. such aaaassss … all of us.
Of course, the likes of Kallis were well ahead of the game when his, forte’ has been a successful career in the ‘energy game’.
It should be pointed out when looking at an overview of Kallis that he has been the executive director of Petratherm, the hot rocks geothermal project at Parlana, which has had multi-million dollars of tax-payer funded assistance, yet has been an abject failure.
I have no financial expertise with regard to the Stock Exchange, but according to the “Advertiser” dated 25/1/2015, Petratherm is trading at 6 one thousandths (6/1000s) of a dollar.
It should also be noted that Kallis is not exempt from the challenges of Renewables.
The company Petratherm, with it’s wholly owned subsidiary, PetraGas Pty Ltd has been granted a Petroleum Exploration Licence for conventional and unconventional oil and gas.
For further exploration of what the proponents of the Ceres Windfarm project never expected, with the ‘pushback’ from the vast majority of landholders and with a unanimous vote against said windfarm abomination from the Yorke Peninsula District Council I suggest that anyone should google “terry kallis mining address”.
It will appear to be about mining, but the vast majority of his presentation is about what he has learned from his miscalculation of dealing with the people of Yorke Peninsula, in particular the “Heartland Farmers”.
It is apparent to me that for clowns such as Kallis & Co to be paid to put this presentation to corporates in the energy and mining sector, that our country isn’t more fucked up than it is.
Folks, please wake up. We can no longer afford these clowns.
Look, listen and learn and for f&^k’s sake, speak up.
Happy Australia Day.
Thank you STT, fantastic analysis.
Interesting that the Climate Speculator piece you linked to is a text book case of how the wind industry and its followers consistently distort the truth, with the misreporting and misrepresentation of Steve Cooper’s investigation.
From the pages of their Asbestos, Tobacco and Thalidomide songbook. Di Natale and the Greens sing the same mal aria.
Keep shining the light STT!
Brilliant, STT, simply brilliant! The tail does wag the dog!
Looking for a legal precedent to move this debate forward?
See Metroll v Snowy Hydro, 2007.
The VCAT panel member found that adverse health effects experienced by 70 Metroll staff, (including head ache, earaches, nausea, heart palpitations and difficulty concentrating) were caused by and the result of their exposure to vibration and low frequency noise impacts – which only occurred at times when the gas fired peaking plant was operating across the road.
The panel member accepted that the power station was causing nuisance and adverse health effects without the benefit of an exhaustive acoustic study, championed by acoustic experts. An interim order was issued for the power station to be closed during Metroll’s work hours – until such time that the operator could demonstrate that the power station could be operated without causing harm and nuisance.
Here’s the thing…. The Metroll staff were only ever impacted by the nuisance during their hours of employment. And, as it was only a peaking plant, exposure was limited and somewhat random, corresponding with the infrequent operation of the peaking plant.
In disturbing contrast, Cape Bridgewater residents are exposed to relatively constant doses of infrasound, low frequency noise and vibration impacts, up to 24 hours of every day.
The study may only reflect the experience of six residents but when nuisance is considered under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic), s58 stipulates that regard is not to be had to the number of people affected but to the severity of the nuisance itself.
Alleged “Compliance” with wind farm noise standards or conditions of permit are is not a defence to nuisance. Not when the noise standard used avoids consideration of vibration impacts and ILNF. The noise standard applied to planning permissions in Victoria is complete twaddle. 6808 makes a feeble attempt to mitigate audible noise impacts- but it can’t ever be taken to protect against the actual nuisances causing offence. Irrespective of the status of compliance with planning permits, residents at Cape Bridgewater, Macarthur, Waubra or anywhere else that suffers adverse health effects as the consequence of severe nuisance caused by ILFN emissions from an industrial power station might do well to mention their circumstances and Metroll V Snowy Hydro to their lawyer. I suggest we should all raise a glass to the fearless folk of Cape Bridgewater. And let the battle begin.
Gandhi noted a while back, there is no god higher than truth.
The wind god was doomed from the start.
Its not the government’s who should pay for the back up studies to Steven Coopers very detailed study but the wind industry itself, just like every responsible industry does. The Federal and
State governments role is to pass the necessary legislation to force the industry to both ‘pay’ and secondly, follow the methodogy as set out by Cooper as well as ensuring proper equipment and operating procedures are followed. In the meantime all affected citizens from all around the world, please, once again write to the new Senate enquiry re-enforcing the message of your experience. If the Australian Senate recognises the ‘reality’ of your impacts it will be very hard for the rest of the world to keep denying the truth, especially in the light of what Dr. Thorne describes as ‘ground breaking’ insights revealed in Steven Cooper’s report.
School leavers, if you are looking for a profession, it looks like being a lawyer is the way to go. As the citizens of this country that live in and around these rotten wind farms will be looking for compensation for the financial losses and health issues that they have suffered for many years now. And it’s wind weasels that will paying for all that damage and the legal costs too. They have been lying to us for years about there being no noise problems, and they know it. Now the game is up.
Your commentary eclipses Cahills ‘bicycle kick’ goal STT. Thanks and keep up the great reporting!
I’m shovel ready, the coffee’s brewin’, and there’s little chance of component liberation. Just give me a job.
Dom Perignon? Make that a Krug Clos d’Ambonnay.