Turkish Court Shuts Down 50 Turbines: Yaylaköy Residents Delighted at 1st Chance to Sleep in Years


Not an English word in sight.


One of the myths pedalled by Australia’s self-appointed wind farm noise, sleep and health ‘expert’ (a former tobacco advertising guru) is that the known and obvious adverse health impacts from incessant turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound are a cooked-up “phenomenon”, exclusive to the English speaking world. Trouble with that little tale is that’s been scotched by the Danes:

 Vestas’ Danish Victims Lay Out the FACTS

Denmark Calls Halt to More Wind Farm Harm

And the Germans:

German Medicos Demand Moratorium on New Wind Farms

And the Tawainese:

Winning Taiwanese Hearts and Minds?

And, now the Turks. As this article lays out – in terms so simple, that even tobacco advertising gurus should be capable of understanding them.

50 operating wind turbines stopped by the court!
18 May 2015


Turkish Court Cans 50 Giant Fans so residents can sleep, at long last.


The Administrative Court in Ankara has ruled that fifty operating wind turbines in Karaburun be stopped. The locals of Yaylaköy, Karaburun are delighted with the court decision. It is 20 days since the wind turbines stopped working.

From the beginning of the struggle to protect their village from the adverse affects from the Wind Power Plants that are spreading all over the peninsula, the local people have finally received good news.

The Administrative Court, ruled in April that even if fifty wind turbines are already operating, the activities have to be halted since the environmental damage is irreversible. First an EIA report will have to be issued. The wind turbine company’s request to continue to run their turbines meanwhile, was also denied by the court.


The lawyer Cem Altiparmak said the decision would be a first in the country. Mr. Altiparmak states that there are very few court cases related to renewable energy.

In this area the law is insufficient, there are no precedents, so we have to live it to get experience. “A number of license revocation proceedings have started in our country. Our court ruling is one of the first and will have an impact on up-coming cases.

What has happened?

İzmir Governorship Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urban Development, had issued a “EIA Not Required” to install 166 MW in the Karaburun Peninsula.

8 years later when EMRA issued a new license for another 50 turbines to the same company leaning on the same “EIA Not Required” document, the residents of Yaylaköy and the environmental movement Karaburun City Council sued EMRA – The Energy Market Regulatory Authority.

The court ruled that this is against the law and if allowed to operate the damages will irreversible therefore all operations have to be stopped until an EIA investigation has been performed.

The court decision has given hope to the local people as well as other people in Cesme, Bodrum, Datca and Urla where wind turbines projects are being planned without any public consultation. All these projects have been issued with an EIA Not Required”.

Hopefully this Wind turbine project will not be able to operate again and for the first time in years the people in Yaylaköy are able to sleep comfortably and we will continue to work for that, says one man from the village.


The value of “a good night’s sleep” is the same in any language.

About stopthesethings

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


  1. Melissa Ware says:

    Well done Mr Altiparmak and Şerefe to the Turkish community above. Taking to the streets in protest, standing together against the noise and illegal operation of these turbines and to have fifty of them shut down is a positive step and makes my heart lift for them. Investigations roll on and this legal intervention for the first time in Turkey means this Peninsula and the beautiful tourist attraction town of Cesme has a chance to not be further invaded by the imposition, uselessness and expense of the proposed turbines and wind energy in this area. May you all sleep soundly and well and enjoy the beauty of your region in peace and quiet.

    Environmental effects studies do not take into account the impacts on peoples health and well-being. And as seen at Cape Bridgewater the Community Consultation Meetings, the EES response to human management, are a complete waste of time and proof that the local adversely impacted residents interests are not the forefront on the agendas of CCC’s.

    Senator Leyonhjelm is on the right track to protect rural people in calling for the government to set up a new regulator to monitor noise levels near wind turbines. Steven Coopers ground-breaking investigations at Cape Bridgewater prove beyond a doubt a need for proper independent, permanent monitoring of broadband and low frequency noise including infrasound. An independent regulator using the correct methodology in ‘noise’ and hopefully concurrent epidemiological testing to formulate parameters; can have the powers to shut down the turbines when those safety parameters are breached, which cause disturbance and harm to the local community.

    The German Medical Assembly wants a moratorium and halt on further wind farm developments near housing and research into the health impacts of turbines. This motion is something that the Australian Medical Association and Department of Health should take heed of. Public health is being harmed by ILFN and groups of people scattered over diverse rural locales report the same problematic health issues.

    In the face of outright derogation by pro-wind groups and the mockery of our health complaints, simplified and portrayed, belittled as a cartoon, these health impacts require study and not the insult of misplaced humour. These health impacts should be called an endemic and be recognised and formally named as Wind Turbine Syndrome. Not labelled scaremongering, nor nocebo, and not the joke of a statement where many Australian health authorities and services keep to the witless and propaganda like “There are no known health impacts near wind farms”.

    It must be repeated over and over again that proper independent studies must be done out in the homes of the impacted and the harm being caused through blind wilfulness and negligence must stop.

    • no free lunch says:

      True words Melissa. You can add the public bodies with the role of promoting and protecting human health to the list of the mocking and derogatory pro-wind chorus.

      The Australian Public Health Association, NHMRC and now the Australian Medical Association are a disgrace as they have consistently demonstrated contempt for the human health impacts of industrial wind.

      They have made it very clear that an industry ostensibly influencing climate ‘some time in the future’ takes primacy over the immediate real-time impacts of acoustic pollution on the health and well-being neigbours.

      They would do well to note the words of US Surgeon General, William Stuart, in 1969, “Calling noise a nuisance is like calling smog and inconvenience. Noise must be considered a hazard to the health of people everywhere.”

      And they should have no part in independent research with their publicly demonstrated conflicts of interest.

  2. Stand against wind says:

    Those turbines on Thursday island don’t generate power most of the time – constant mechanical failures. In regard to Turkey’s court case, they have a better legal system than ours in QLD: residents living around the recently approved Mount Emerald wind farm had no rights to object to the application. Our Deputy Premier Jackie Trad could learn a few lessons about democracy and fairness from Turkey.

  3. Neil van Dokkum says:

    Reblogged this on The Law is my Oyster and commented:
    Inspiration from Turkey.

  4. Martin Hayles, Curramulka says:

    Another point that needs to be made is the potential interest of the federal government making revenue out of a penalty price through inability, that was government mandated, to satisfy the RET.

    Surely not?

    This point needs to be hammered to Batman’s boy wonder ward, the likely Hunt.

    • Melissa says:

      Doesn’t the government receive about 8 cents per Mw generated? A nice little bonus from renewables, if so.

  5. The goat of greenhill road says:

    Thank God that people like Grant King from Origin and the bosses from AGL today in a conference in the Hunter Valley are blasting the LRET for what it is.

    There’s little chance of obtaining finance let alone try and construct the number of wind farms in the required time.

    Either way power prices will be pushed up through the penalty system or the need to pass on to power consumers the cost of a wind farm like the ridiculous $2 billion Ceres proposal.

    Senvion is trying to engage public debate on the issue through media releases in hope that public opinion will sway the council to change its position.

    These desperadoes were pinning their hopes on the need for power by REX minerals opening a mine locally to leverage off the cost of the $200 million undersea HVDC cable.

    With that looking remote they then went to the local Arium dolomite works to see if they needed more power. Does Greece need more debt?

    That “thought bubble” was then preceded by these genius’s proposing a biomass plant using local straw.

    Tony Abbott needs to go with his gut feeling on this and can the fans. Unfortunately with this issue, the threat of a leadership spill is curtailing his will to do the sane thing.

    • Martin Hayles says:

      Once again the seer-like Goat of Greenhill road allows us his prescient view.

      I’m left with the feeling that I almost know you.

      How on earth do the conspirators of Ceres seriously believe anyone will be willing to fork out the coin for a HVDC cable beneath the waters of Yorkes when we already have an oversupply of electrical generation in the Sou-Eastern grid, and a massive over-investment in infrastructure?

      Interesting that ‘Little Ted Kallis’, of Petratherm’s ‘less than hot rocks’ notoriety – I walked, they didn’t push me – has been splashing someone else’s cash in putting full page propaganda advertorials in our ‘local rag’, the Yorke Peninsula Country Times, espousing my very point, that one of the reasons our retail prices have risen exponentially is because of outrageous and unneeded infrastructure costs.

      Am I an orphan in witnessing ‘Little Ted’, on the one hand banging on about “poles and wires” and that being of much more significance than the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and the subsidies by the way of the Renewable Energy Certificates (REC’s) for ‘Big Wind’ in particular, and at the same time wishing we the energy consumers ignore that the only way Ceres WILL EVER HAPPEN is by creating more of the said infrastructure, whether it be by way of undersea cable or thumping great above ground towers and cables?

      Kallis, are you so goddam arrogant and stupid that you thought all or any of us would not see through your contradiction and hypocrisy? ‘Little Ted’, you’ve had your “15 minutes of fame “.

  6. Terry Conn says:

    Of course the not named ‘tobacco guru’ is just another ‘professional elite’ in this country that has not once lowered himself to speak to a wind farm impacted citizen claiming ill health as a result of proximity to a wind farm.

    He is so superior that he not only ‘thinks’ he’s correct, but ‘knows’ it.

    Another such disconnected ‘professional elite’ is the Human Rights Commissioner — she ‘knows’ that Mr. Monis, a convicted murderer and rapist and a hostage taker that blew the head off a cafe manager, is someone who deserved $350,000 compensation!!!

    Yet, someone like Annie Gardner is just a ‘wing nut’, who deserves nothing — she’s just a rural Australian citizen, value nil, road kill – no worries. Well, unlike a kangaroo run down by a big suburban 4 wheel drive we can fight back.

  7. Old Ranga says:

    I’ve just visited Thursday Island, where two giant turbines dominate the only hill. Fellow-travellers endorsed them with enthusiasm, expressing regret that only 10% of TI’s energy requirements were being supplied by renewable energy.

    I forbore to comment but I hoped the turbines were too far away to stop islanders sleeping.

    I did wonder if they would still be there in 10 years time, once wind and water have done their best and the maintenance costs are biting.

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