Wind Farm Refugees: Turbine Noise Forces Highlander to Abandon Home & Sleep in her Car

What wind farm neighbours have to tolerate is nothing short of criminal: incessant turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound drives neighbours nuts and, where they have the option, out of their homes altogether. The most common adverse health effect caused by wind turbine noise emissions is sleep deprivation, which brings with it a grab bag of other even more serious health effects.

One of the wind industry’s hackneyed myth is that these well-known adverse health effects are all a figment of the countless victims’ febrile and readily suggestible imaginations.

The so-called ‘nocebo’ theory – cooked up by a former tobacco advertising guru – also has it that it is only those people who are not being paid who complain of ill effects from turbine noise and vibration; their runaway ‘jealousy’ being the cause.

However, that theory doesn’t seem to sit all that well with people like Clive and Trina Gare, South Australian farmers – who receive over $200,000 a year from AGL to host turbines on their property near Hallett. Clive and Trina gave evidence in June 2015 to the Federal Senate Inquiry into wind power that the noise from the turbines on their property is “unbearable” and continues to prevent them sleeping in their own home, even after the installation of sound-proofing and double glazed windows, paid for by AGL (see our post here).

Demonstrative of the level of contempt in which wind power outfits hold their victims, in a number of cases they have continued to operate turbines which emit ear piercing screeching noises; in addition to their usual cacophony of rumbles and thumps produced by 50 m blades with their outer tips travelling at over 300 km/h, as well as the whirrs and the grinding metallic noise produced by gears and generators.

Here’s a taste of what neighbours have to suffer, without the ear piercing shrieks and screeches:

 

While that might be enough to drive all but the most stoic to the edge, it’s far from the worst that wind power outfits are prepared to inflict on their thousands of unwilling victims and to still be able to claim ‘compliance’ with their planning consents.

In our timeline post – Three Decades of Wind Industry Deception: A Chronology of a Global Conspiracy of Silence and Subterfuge – we covered the fact that – from 1995 – the wind industry drew together a hand-picked team with a mission to write noise rules with absolutely no relevance to wind turbine noise; and, therefore, of no benefit to wind farm neighbours (with predictable and soul-destroying results).

These are the same rules that allow wind power outfit, ScottishPower Renewables to destroy the ability of Pat Spence to sleep in her very own home, claim compliance with those rules, and literally get away with murder.

Wind farms turn woman’s home into “torture chamber”
STV News
Emma O’Neill, Saul DeMoritz and Morag Robertson
8 November 2017

 

Pat Spence says she has been forced to sleep in her car after 180 turbines were built.

Pat Spence says she has been forced to sleep in her car as the effects of wind farm syndrome make it impossible to sleep at her home on Dochroyle Farm.

Ms Spence first noticed the noise after waking one night with heart palpitations.

She believed she was having a heart attack but after her anxiety subsided she noticed the noise of the wind turbines.

Ms Spence believes these heart palpitations and excruciating pains in her ears and head are due to the 180 turbines built within a few miles around her hilltop farm.

The wind farms that surround her farm are Mark Hill Wind Farm, Kilgallioch Wind Farm and Arecleoch Wind Farm.

Wind Farms produce noise that sounds like traffic in the distance or aeroplanes passing overhead.

People with symptoms like Pat believe they are being affected by frequencies much lower those most people can hear.

Ms Spence said: “I feel as though I’ve lost control of my entire life.

“They’ve turned the place I wanted to spend the rest of my life in into a prison with its own encapsulated torture chamber.”

Ms Spence regularly drives miles away from her house to sleep in her car after being unable to nod off at night.

She added: “I can’t put it on the market because it would be morally so wrong to sell these problems on to somebody else.

“Nobody would want to buy it anyway, because nobody in their right mind would want these problems.”

Retired GP Angela Armstrong said: “I’ve seen several people now who are suffering symptoms or who say they’re suffering symptoms and therefore I’ve had to investigate them.

“People who are waking up at night feeling very anxious for no apparent reason, who are getting palpitations, chest pain, insomnia – they just can’t sleep.”
STV News

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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. Reblogged this on UPPER SONACHAN WIND FARM and commented:
    In the light of this case and so many others, where, officials and members of the Committee responsible, are the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) 2016 Noise Guidelines ? This is now seriously overdue and this organisation has received hundreds, possibly thousands of complaints about wind turbines and the suffering they cause, from all around the World. Plus peer reviewed reports and an Open Letter signed by many health and engineering professionals. These guidelines are supposed to be addressing wind power issues for the first time. Now that evidence of adverse impacts is irrefutable, and despite intense lobbying from vested interests and the wind industry, time for a truthful documenting of the facts to be produced within the new Guidelines.

  2. Sleep is a fundamental core to our existence, like breathing and eating and you can’t live healthily without it. We had a young child and there were countless times I wished to flee to escape the sensations and couldn’t. Interrupted sleep, too exhausted to drive, adhering to a families much needed routines and where could we go to escape? Thirty Km’s in the dead of night, on country roads, danger of hitting kangaroos or other wildlife, with coastal fogs or in strong winds or only enough fuel in the tank for a short distance and nowhere to fill up. Pacific Hydro deny the degree of disturbances and just don’t give a damn. Like any other operator they claim to take all complaints seriously, and they really, really, really do. They send a worker out to listen to the wind farm and check the wind data, really taking the problems seriously… once upon a time they hired a brilliant independent acoustician to investigate, and then failed utterly with the next steps to restore our lives. The problems continue, and while the nocebo theory remains as a flawed and inadequate medical diagnostic, there is no happy ending.

  3. I have just had a penny drop : Agenda 21. How can the creators of this plan and all its signatories (thank you MR KEATING) effect the “voluntary” emptying of the natural and arable spaces without resorting to force? One tactic is installing turbines everywhere. The goals in this evil plan are for the 21st century and it is yet but a pup.

  4. Peter Pronczak says:

    Here’s some propaganda to make some noise about.

    Adani’s Queensland Carmichael coal mine is a sick joke approved by the Commonwealth and Queensland governments.
    Under its deal with Australia, the company is expected to make token investment in “renewable energy”, so it will start building a 65 MW solar farm at Rugby Run near Moranbah, Queensland, and a 160 MW solar farm at Whyalla in South Australia to take advantage of the “renewables” subsidy in the RET while knowing that coal will supply most of the world’s energy requirements for decades to come, before nuclear power takes over.

    Adani is the largest private thermal power producer in India with an installed capacity of 10,480 megawatts (MW). The company boasts, “we are well on our way to beat our target of having an installed base of 20,000 MW by 2020 and maintaining our lead as the number one private player in the industry.”

    ABC investigative reporter Stephen Long reported on 14 March that up to $3 billion from the Carmichael mine will be shifted to a secretive subsidiary in an off-shore tax haven. Atulya Resources Limited, an entity registered in the Cayman Islands and controlled by the Adani family, which means that the Federal and State governments, including Townsville Council’s investment of $18.5 from savings made by sacking more than 140 council staff, and in partnership with Rockhampton Council, will build a $30 million airstrip at the Carmichael mine for fly-in fly-out workers for Adani’s coal mine, this means all 3 government tiers are supporting tax evasion.
    Also the Australian Government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility is considering providing Adani a concessional loan of up to $1 billion and will report back its decision before the end of the year.

    The Queensland Government struck a royalties deal that lets Adani pay a flat rate of a tiny $5 million a year for five years, with interest to be paid on royalties deferred. This deferred royalties deal could cost Queensland taxpayers $253 million over the next five years.

    Early in 2015 Adani CEO Jeyakumar Janakaraj told reporters that they “will be utilising at least 45 400-tonne driverless trucks. All the vehicles will be capable of automation. When we ramp up the mine, everything will be autonomous from mine to port.” This makes a farce of being a job creation project.

    Australia’s thermal coal exports have doubled since 2002-03 from around 100 million tonnes per year to 200 million tonnes today, the second largest thermal coal exporter in the world. The September 2017 “Resources and Energy Quarterly” from the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science reports that China has 114 advanced-technology coal-fired power stations planned or under construction, the most worldwide; India ranks number two with 55, and the global total is 286.
    So it’s clear coal is not going away anytime soon, yet while Australia is exporting it like crazy for other countries to burn, Australians are forced to wear the enormous cost of increasingly relying on unreliable solar and wind power with expensive dirty diesel backup.

  5. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak and commented:
    What wind farm neighbours have to tolerate is nothing short of criminal: incessant turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound drives neighbours nuts and, where they have the option, out of their homes altogether. The most common adverse health effect caused by wind turbine noise emissions in sleep deprivation, which brings with it a grab bag of other even more serious health effects.
    One of the wind industry’s hackneyed myth is that these well-known adverse health effects are all a figment of the countless victims’ febrile and readily suggestible imaginations.
    The so-called ‘nocebo’ theory – cooked up by a former tobacco advertising guru – also has it that it is only those people who are not being paid who complain of ill effects from turbine noise and vibration; their runaway ‘jealousy’ being the cause.

  6. Terry Hurst says:

    Used to live next to a wind powerstation (I refuse to call them windfarms) and now have Menieres which is a pain in many ways. Any proven connection? Tez

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