Beeline to Fury: Korean Farmers Declare War on Wind Power – For Wrecking Communities & Killing Bees

Plenty of fiction is needed to explain away the health effects suffered by humans forced to live with incessant, wind turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound.

Wind industry stooges reckon it must all be in their silly little heads. Except that there’s a veritable menagerie of less imaginative critters stuck next to these things, that suffer just the same as the wind industry’s human victims.

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 bees are succumbing to the constant noise and vibration these things generate. This time the wholly unnecessary damage is being done in South Korea.

Wind turbines destroy local farming village
The Korea Herald
Bak Se-hwan
20 March 2017

HONGGGYE-RI, North Gyeongsang Province — Jusan is considered holy by people living in a small farming village in Honggye-ri, North Gyeongsang Province.

Rising just a few hundred meters behind the village, the pine tree-clad mountain is where people traditionally pray for a son.

“We see beauty in nature every day,” 62-year-old Park Chung-lak, who grows apples in the village, said on a recent afternoon. “And it needs respect and admiration.”

Local farmer Park Chung-lak, who grows apples in the Honggye-ri village in North Gyeongsang Province, speaks in front of his farm. Behind Park lies a 100-meter-high wind turbine that was installed as part of Korea’s renewable energy policies.

The top of the mountain is destined to be destroyed to make way for a 100-meter-high wind turbine. The scheduled construction has been temporarily put on hold following a yearlong protest by people in the village.

“They say it is green energy that they are building,” Park told The Korea Herald. “But how can it be green when wind energy cuts 100-year-old pine trees, kills living creatures and destroys the community people live in? They are already cutting down trees on some hill slopes that will cause erosion and landslide risks.”

Near the village, which is home to around 70 people, with most of them in their mid-70s, 11 of the 22 wind turbines of 3.45 megawatts each that were approved for installation in 2014 have been installed.

According to the Ministry of Environment, 59 wind turbines installed since 2009, when the previous administration began passing regulations to boost the green energy industry, are currently in operation in the province.

Cheon Seung-bun and her father-in-law cultivate their land across a series of wind turbines in Honggye-ri village.

The rapid expansion of wind power facilities is mostly concentrated in North Gyeongsang Province and nearby Gangwon Province, and is driven by the government’s push for renewable energy policies.

The Moon Jae-in administration that came into power last May has promised to raise the proportion of renewables to up to 20 percent by 2030 and phase out nuclear and coal power in a country that has a relatively short history of developing renewable energy sources.

Rising concerns over green projects
The ongoing “green” move ironically amplifies the health and environmental woes of people living near the massive, spinning turbines.

According to residents of the Hyonggye-ri village interviewed by The Korea Herald, they are just beginning to realize the impact of industrial wind energy facilities on people and animals.

Beekeeper Ahn Hyo-jong said that he lost thousands of bees last year. “I believe the wind turbines’ low frequency is the direct cause,” said Ahn, who has now moved entire beekeeping colonies to another area out of fear of incurring additional losses.

Beekeeper Ahn Hyo-jong shows one of his dead hives that he says resulted from the noise from wind turbines.

It is not just the bees that are impacted by the noise, according to the residents. Without bees in the region, there has been a sharp decrease in the production of apples.

They have seen other creatures like dragonflies — which prey on insects harmful to farming – disappear in the last three years

Endangered species like eagle owls that live in the mountain are also at risk of extinction due to the ongoing construction, the residents say.

“The construction companies don’t compensate the lost property value here,” Cheon Seung-bun, 60, who grows deodeok, or lance asiabell, which lie within the minimum safe distance from a series of giant wind turbines.

Disorienting shadows cast from the blades passing in front of the sun are yet another problem, according to the village’s residents.

“Who would buy land like this? They previously said no negative impact would come from the turbines, but now I find it really disturbing to hear the noise they make, and it’s mostly disturbing at night. I can’t go to sleep,” Cheon said, adding that the 60-decibel spinning noise “drives people crazy.”

More problematic are the specific qualities of the low frequency sounds, or infrasound, from the wind turbines that can produce adverse reactions in people as well as animals and insects, experts warn.

“Constant exposure to excessive low frequency noise can lead to human health issues, including excessive stress, joint problems and respiratory disturbance,” said Bae Myung-jin, a professor at Soongsil University’s Sound Engineering Lab.

“Related research data suggest that many cases of fetal deaths in cows that were exposed to low frequency noise over a long period were reported, which can affect human bodies as well,” Bae said.

In addition, new powerlines on the ground connecting the turbines to the grid spoil pristine views in the once tranquil southeastern part of the village.

Addressing the complains, Environment Minister Kim Eun-kyung said in a meeting with the villagers Thursday that the new administration “will not repeat the same mistake” by conducting environmental evaluations first before approving any wind energy project run by private companies.

“I believe those villagers have the most expertise in terms of environment issues here, so we need to consult them first (for wind energy policies),” Kim said. “We will also set up a committee to solve conflicts (between companies and people) and find a solution,” the minister added.
The Korea Herald

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Comments

  1. Marshall Rosenthal says:

    All living things loathe the audible and infrasound noise propagated by the wind turbine arrays. Bees become disoriented by the infrasound, fail to be able to communicate (via the “bee dance”) where nectar producing flowers are located. They starve, escape their hives, and die in vast numbers. Jiggering with the weather, laying patterns of artificial clouds that make it warmer, causes wintering bee clusters to break up and be killed by cold snaps. Birth defects and miscarriages affect bees and mammals, including humans. When you tell them that the whales are dying off, and the sharks are coming in to feed on their carcasses, the greenies just smile at you and tell you that “whales die all the time”. In Denmark, (most “green” of places), a large garden center, after the installation of giant wind turbines next door, was forced to close down, after its female employees suffered miscarriages and menstrual disorders, forcing them to quit. Also in Denmark, a mink farmer, to his dismay, found over 1600 dead and deformed prematurely born mink fetuses. He lost millions of krona in mink stock. People who are forced to live near large wind turbines have their “Fight, flight, freeze” response repeatedly triggered, causing them to awaken in a state of anxiety, unable to fall back asleep, and having to suffer the consequences of the “sleep derived”. This is what is done to some prisoners to get them to sign false confessions or to extract information from them. Not pretty. I could go on with this account, but surely, isn’t this enough to end this nightmare?

  2. Reblogged this on UPPER SONACHAN WIND FARM and commented:
    Once again we are seeing that from the smallest to the largest forms of life – nothing escapes the negative effects of wind power.

  3. The sea mammals must love the off-shore windmill low frequency music.

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