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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ulysses Board To Review Application for 55 Wind Turbines Thursday

Meeting Thursday Morning On Wind Turbine Project

eagle15Members of the Ulysses Township Board of Supervisors will be meeting at 10 am Thursday (May 20) at the Potter County Solid Waste Authority building to review the permit application for an electricity generating facility using wind turbines. The Fox Hill Wind Energy Project calls for 55 turbines, each more than 400 feet tall, to be built on high-altitude farmland.

AES Corporation, which has leased property to build the turbines, hopes to begin construction by late spring or early summer. Members of the Potter County Planning Commission reviewed the project plan at their May meeting and provided recommendations to Ulysses Township. The Solid Waste Authority building is located along Rt. 49, just northeast of the village of Gold.

11 comments :

Anonymous said...

Luke 23:34.
That says it all.

Anonymous said...

Get it done and start construction!

Anonymous said...

Keep them away from homes.
KEEP THEM AWAY FROM HOMES!!!!!

Anonymous said...

BLOW WIND BLOW!!!!! Back at ya - Drill Baby Drill!

Anonymous said...

you are crazy to take this deal with AES---look into some other companies and you will be surprised how much AES is cheating you out of a lot of money!!!

Anonymous said...

Screw the money!

Lets get some non-harmful renewable energy going.

It's always gotta be about the money...lets make it about our future and well being just once!

Anonymous said...

if all the hot air about wind farms was directed at a windmill it would keep it turning for years.

Jiminy Cricket said...

At least these aren't ruining the water supply. We are slitting our own throats by allowing all of the gas well drilling and fracking to continue.

Anonymous said...

Keep them away from our homes.
KEEP THEM AWAY FROM OUR HOMES!!!!!

Anonymous said...

http://www.wind-watch.org/news/2010/05/20/wind-turbines-will-harm-health-according-to-doctor/

May 20, 2010
Maine, Vermont

Wind turbines will harm health according to doctor
by Chris Braithwaite, Barton Chronicle, May 12


MONTPELIER — A doctor who has studied the health effects of a commercial wind power project in northern Maine brought his conclusion to the State House Friday morning, May 7.

“There is absolutely no doubt that people living within 3,500 feet of a ridge line arrangement of 1.5 megawatts or larger turbines in a rural environment will suffer negative effects.”

“The devil is in the details,” said the doctor, who for two years has focused on the physics and potential for adverse health effect of the energy emission related to industrial wind turbines. That statement comes from an introduction to Dr. Nissenbaum distributed by Energize Vermont, the group that brought him to the press conference, and to a forum in Rutland the day before.

While the experts work in terms of pure stead sounds, the doctor said, the turbines emit a complex tone which “is registered as louder than a pure tone, and is more effective in waking you up.”

Using a recording to demonstrate, he said that the turbines emit a pulsing sound, which again can affect he listener more than a steady tone.

Low-frequency sounds seem ominous to people, he said. “As humans we’re evolutionarily wired, and there’s some indication that low-frequency noises indicate threats.”

Low-frequency sounds can cause structural elements in houses to vibrate, and amplify the effect, Dr. Nissenbaum said.

He showed a photo of a tent in the backyard of a home that sits in the middle of a large wind project in Ontario. The resident moved into the tent so shoe could sleep, Dr. Nissenbaum said. That would make no sense, he added, unless being inside the house made the sound worse. He quoted from the resident’s journal: “The house is humming again tonight.”

The woman moved away fromt he project after the wind developer bought her home. Her story was detailed in the Chronicle in December 2009 [1]. [Also see: "Low-frequency sound, stray voltage, are suspects in ill effects of wind turbines" [2].]

People who can’t sleep get sick, Dr. Nissenbaum said, and some people find the throbbing sound of wind turbines particularly annoying — “a plane that never lands.”

“Annoyance leads to sleep deprivation illness as day follows night,” the doctor said.

The worst part of it, he added, is when people are offered psychological help to deal with their problems with wind turbine noise. Such people don’t need a psychologist, Dr. Nissenbaum said, “they need the turbines placed farther away from their home.”

One of the few legislators at Friday’s press conference was Representative Rachel Weston, a Democrat from Burlington.

She said she had moved to the city from a small town, and gradually grown accustomed to a variety of urban sounds.

People can get habituated to some sounds, Dr. Nissenbaum said. “But there’s something unique about wind turbine noise that prevents habituation. There is something unique about those lower-frequency noises.”

The doctor was talking about individual perception, Ms. Weston argued, not about science.

“It’s not about my perceptions,” she said. “It’s about the physiology of my body.”

Anonymous said...

It's not too late to do the right thing Ulysses Township Supervisors. You are all that stands between the handful of selfish profiteers and all of the people who will be their victims. That is a big responsibility and how you exercise it will say a lot about the kind of person you are.