Tasmanian Wombats Suffering from Wind Turbine Noise & Vibration

Healthy wombat: happy about living wind turbine free.


The wind industry has spent a veritable fortune generating propaganda that attacks anyone complaining about the adverse health effects caused by wind turbine noise and vibration, ridiculing them as tin-foil-hatted, climate change denying, lunatics.

For that purpose, in Australia, the wind industry enlisted a former tobacco advertising guru, who peddles a theory called ‘nocebo’, that is meant to explain away every health complaint, including chronic sleep deprivation caused by wind turbine noise, as a figment of the sufferers’ fertile imaginations.

That theory comes unstuck when the victims are from species a little lower down on the evolutionary chain.

Studies in Poland have shown that geese living within proximity of these things suffer increased cortisol levels, indicative of the stress caused by exposure to incessant turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound: Preliminary studies on the reaction of growing geese to the proximity of wind turbines

Out on the American Prairie, researchers in Kansas observed how – after wind turbines went up nearby – rare Greater Prairie Chickens had abandoned their long-established nesting sites within 8 km of turbines: Wind Turbine Noise Causes Greater Prairie Chicken Run

In Britain, its beloved badgers have also succumbed to wind turbine noise and vibration, with a long-running study of those with their setts set amongst wind turbines showing that:

“Hair of badgers living <1 km of a wind farm had a 264% higher cortisol level than badgers >10 km from a wind farm. This demonstrates that affected badgers suffer from enhanced hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal activity and are physiologically stressed.”

The full story appears here: Study Wind in the Gallows: Study Shows Badgers Suffer Merciless Stress & Torment from Wind Turbine Noise & Vibration

STT thinks it unlikely that badgers are being badgered by climate change deniers; that prairie chickens are abandoning their nests to find quieter places to raise their chicks because they’ve been got at by rabid anti-wind groups; or that stressed out fowl in Polish farmyards have been made to look like a ‘goose’, simply because they have succumbed to their febrile imaginations.

Now, consistent with that theme, it appears that wombats forced to live with wind turbines on the northern coast of Tasmania are the latest examples of what the noise and vibration generated by wind turbines does to health of every living thing forced to live with it.

Wombats (a healthy example appears above) are a lot like their British badger cousins, living and raising their brood underground, nocturnal – getting about after the sun goes down on their hunt for food and mates – and, therefore, prone to the same stress reactions exhibited by badgers living next door to wind turbines.

Stress and anxiety, of course, leave the sufferer at greater risk of infection and disease, which is what appears to be playing out at the Musselroe wind farm. Musselroe’s owner, Tas Hydro is already responsible for the destruction of the rare and endangered Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle at its other Tasmanian wind farm, Woolnorth: Deaths of rare eagles rise

Now it can add hundreds of mangy wombats to its list.

Hydro Tasmania talking to wombat warriors about treating sick animals at Musselroe wind farm
Herald Sun
Helen Kempton
22 May 2017

HYDRO Tasmania has reacted to the plight of sick wombats near its Musselroe wind farm and has started talks with Tasmania’s volunteer wombat army about treating infected animals on its property.

Wombat Rescue received reports of hundreds of mangy wombats at Musselroe last week and put out a call for help.

Woolnorth Wind Farm Holding general manager Stephen Ross said sarcoptic mange had been significantly affecting wombat populations across North-East Tasmania for many years, including on the Musselroe Wind Farm.

“We’ve been monitoring both the spread and impact of the disease and investigating strategies to help manage it,” Mr Ross said.

“Recent developments such as the installation of burrow flaps and applying Cydectin appear promising and we are in discussions with Wombat Rescue Tasmania to assess this strategy and to potentially implement it on the wind farm.”

The method of treating wombats infected with mange with burrow flaps laced with the drench was first devised by volunteers in Kelso and they now have the permits needed to find and treat sick animals.

Wombat Rescue South conducted a leaflet drop in the Tasman Peninsula area at the weekend and recruited the help of a family at Nugent who have located the burrows of sick wombats and are now treating the infected animals on their property.
Herald Sun

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  1. I just can’t stand the “progress of human civilization” – just thinking of it makes me sicker every day.
    “Human progress” has destroyed EVERYTHING IT TOUCHES.

    And when will it end ???

  2. “””Now, consistent with that theme, it appears that wombats forced to live with wind turbines on the northern coast of Tasmania are the latest examples of what the noise and vibration generated by wind turbines does to health of every living thing forced to live with it.”””

    To Peter, if you read here. You should recognize me by my sole name I use, to post here.
    During 2011, I wrote to (you) a friend in Taz. We were friends through the internet on a subject we both participate in. I was trying to explain the destruction that turbines cause. He told me my opinion did not matter because Taz was not my country and that I shouldn’t be concerned with things that happen in Tasmania.

    See Peter? This is not just about Taz, this is about our planet in general. Please reconsider your stance on who should or shouldn’t be allowed to express an opinion on things that effect this whole planet when it comes to electrical power on this planet.
    Your Friend, Ella

  3. “Hair of badgers living 10 km from a wind farm. This demonstrates that affected badgers suffer from enhanced hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal activity and are physiologically stressed.”
    But no doubt our political and institutional betters will deem there is no possibility that exposure to similar, all pervasive, abnormal levels of impulsive infrasound and micro-seismic disturbance could be a significant causal factor in the illness of our own native “Apple Isle” wombats. Just as the guardians of public health at NHMRC hide behind the fig-leaf of cherry-picked research to support their do-nothing agenda when it comes to the harmful health impacts of wind farm noise on humans.
    Badger and his “Wind in the Willows” friends eventually found their happy ending, but for modern day badgers and Tasmanian wombats, presently their final chapter looks pretty bleak.

  4. Jackie Rovensky says:

    But do flaps and drenching help prevent the turbines noise and vibrations from damaging the environment where the animals live, or are they just to ‘treat’ them so they don’t look so sick from the torture they are living with day and night?
    It’s good something is being done to ‘treat’ them but what they need is for the torture to stop.
    The industry and its trained monkeys will no doubt be saying they should move if they don’t like it. Leave their homes and environment they love.
    What then will become of the environment around these turbines will the ecosystem change, will more creatures have to leave because the BIG WHIRLING MONSTER has arrived to chase them off.
    The critically endangered Orange Bellied Parrot is also another creature probably endangered to extinction by turbines.
    It’s a grass parrot which nests and raises it young on the lower west coast of Tasmania, then it moves foraging for food one ground up the coast to eventually fly to the coast of Eastern SA and Western Victoria.
    This small bird on its journey travels through the edge of the Woolnorth Wind Project.
    So you have to wonder just now many of these birds if they ever leave Tasmania are strong enough to reach the mainland if they have not been able to feed properly because of the noise and vibration through the ground from the turbines.
    Last I heard those monitoring the dwindling numbers of these birds think none will reach the mainland this year as only one or two were reported on the mainland last year. Have the authorities considered their rapid demise could be because of turbines – I doubt it and if they do they will never admit to it.
    These turbines save nothing, they are destroying lives and the environment faster than any change in the climate could do.

  5. Terry Conn says:

    Drench and burrow flaps! No doubt the ‘guru’ would suggest the same for the so called ‘humans’ suffering from the nocebo effect – perhaps an old arsenic based drench would work better on them.

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