Here's a letter to the
editor regarding S2887, the bill cosponsored by
Union Beach's own Sen. Kyrillos that would crush the rights of
Salem and Cumberland Counties by allowing industrial wind turbines up to
feet tall to be erected on farms just 750 feet from the nearest home.
is clearly one of the pro-wind cabal along with Sen. Smith and Asm.
Please leave a comment if you can.
Once again, please take a few seconds...that's all it takes...to
Governor Christie at (609)
292-6000 and tell the person answering that you want our governor
S2887. They don't want
or address, just your message, therefore you can be from out of state
and make a difference. THANK YOU!!!
Here is a review of important events of the past year
neighbors of the wind turbines on Vinalhaven.
Last August, FIWN
Islands Wind Neighbors) appealed in Superior Court against the Maine
of Environmental Protection (DEP). For two years, neighbors of the
wind turbines fought for restoration of the peace and quiet they used to
The neighbors sought to obtain compliance on the violation
state noise standards. Fox Islands Wind repeatedly mischaracterized the
by neighbors who, as a result, endured and continue to endure a
campaign to minimize the troubles and expenses shouldered by neighbors
property, through no fault of their own, is close to the industrial wind
We are still waiting to learn if Superior Court will
neighbors with an avenue of judicial appeal. DEP and Fox Islands Wind
objecting, arguing that the 2008 Wind Energy Act provides no legal
plaintiffs. (For a good backgrounder though written in 2010, <a
Pine Tree Watchdog here</a>.)
Our suit alleges that the DEP
regulatory decision on the Vinalhaven wind turbine noise was politically
motivated and, moreover, ignored the recommendations of staff. Some DEP
members have since been re-assigned or resigned as a result of
The neighbors had diligently worked and
considerable efforts and money to improve noise evaluation and analysis
state’s own experts discovered to be deficient. Some Vinalhaven
that the neighbors have sued the town or FIW. That is not true. We sued
state of Maine for denying due process; a right every citizen ought to
is worth protecting.
We don't use the term "politically
carelessly: our search of records from the Governor's Office shows Fox
Wind imploring the Governor's Office to block DEP staff who had proposed
amendment to the FIW permit allowing for a more equitable way to address
noise issue on Vinalhaven. FIW is entitled to its own opinion, but not
In October, the Maine BEP recommended lowering the night
noise level to 42 dBA for all new wind turbine projects. The
Vinalhaven and other early Maine turbine locations substantially guided
amended policy determination. More recently, Maine's LURC decided that a
wind farm should operate at a night time level of 40 dBA at the nearest
line. Fox Islands Wind operates, in its opinion, at night time 45
(A weighted) and the daytime 55 dBA limit. Neighbors close to the
that FIW is not sharing data because the turbines continue to run out of
With respect to the pending matter in Superior Court,
Islands Wind, through its attorney Pierce Atwood, writes: “Petitioners
bereft of any remedy as they claim. First they can complain to their
authorities—the ordinary avenue for relief for any other small-scale
How a complaint to town authorities would work is not
debate. Local Vinalhaven selectmen cannot deal with the complexity of
issue and will continue to defer in all matters to Fox Islands Wind.
Atwood's attorney adds, “Second, like any other land owner and as to any
project, small or large scale, nothing would foreclose Petitioners from
for nuisance—if they had reasonable grounds for so complaining under
Offensive as it may be to suggest the neighbors sue for
rights, Pierce Atwood knows that the next step of litigation is much
than anything that has come before.
In the meantime the wind
churn noisily, threatening the health, property values and spirit of an
community. It takes a lot of "greenwashing" to ignore what is happening
property owners near the wind turbines. DEP staff – only months
that Fox Islands Wind reach out to neighbors to discuss legitimate
and options. The noise continues but FIW is silent.
Vinalhaven and some other early turbine locations in Maine like Mars
Hill are a
“test” for the wind turbine industry. The results of that test are
least so far as wind turbine noise are concerned: if developers can
few unfortunate victims of wind turbine noise, there is money to be
communities in Maine are turning away from industrial wind. Restrictive
ordinances approved by Maine citizens on and since Election Day last
include Frankfort, Deer Isle, Caratunk, Peru (Moratorium, not
Brooksville, Cushing, and Rumford. Mainers are smart enough to see for
themselves what happened here and can think for themselves: eight recent
on wind power...eight votes against wind power.
Superior Court will likely be heard in January or February, 2012. Until
time, interested observers ought to question the claims of how much
been “saved” by industrial wind power on Vinalhaven. If power prices
declining, why are utility bill costs going up. We asked FIW for
detail. No answer. Hopefully other Vinalhaven residents will have better
finding out why their electric rates have increased so dramatically.
best wishes for a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.