Andersen, Neil. Writes to ACNC on Realities of Wind Turbine Health Problems
We look back and wonder how we ever made it through the 3 years of hell and torture while the turbines operated through the night.
Honorable Commissioner Pascoe,
Realities of wind turbine health problems
My name is Neil Andersen and I presently live (with my wife and daughter) in Falmouth, Mass. USA, where there are three utility size (1.65 MW) wind turbines operating in close proximity to our house. (The closest is 400 m). Presently two of these turbines are operating less than 43% of the time due to a Superior Court Order restricting their operation during night time hours (7PM-7AM) and all day Sundays. (This court decision is attached).
The Judge in this case has found credible evidence that the turbines inflict irreparable harm: unusual and uncomfortable head and ear pressure, headaches, increased blood pressure and heart rate, shortness of breath, dizziness and loss of balance, ringing in the ears, bruxism (grinding teeth), extreme stress and anxiety are some of the symptoms that we continue to suffer from due to the turbines’ operation. We look back and wonder how we ever made it through the 3 years of hell and torture while the turbines operated through the night. The incessant pounding of the low frequency pulses that are omitted by the turbines, (it is more pronounced inside our house), invades our vestibular organs and can be felt inside our chest cavities. This sensation is extremely distressing, as it introduces a fight-or-flight response. Fighting relentlessly, mostly with little or no sucess, with our Board of Selectmen, our Board of Health, the State of Mass. Department of Environmental Protection, the Mass. Department of Health and the Mass. Legislature, hundreds of times we have been driven away from our home due these harmful effects.
It has been almost 5 years since the turbines began operation and the Superior Court Order was issued 15 months ago. Presently our lives and our health continue to suffer as we wait for the Superior Court to decide our fate. We know there is no simple “mitigation plan” that can “eliminate the nuisance” as our Falmouth Zoning Board has demanded. The turbines must cease operation or we must move.
Commissioner Pascoe, I could send you pages, even volumes, of supporting documents (including medical information) that would back up our experiences living with the turbines.… I am just a simple human being who has experienced first-hand the negative effects of these land based wind turbines and am reaching half way around the world asking you to believe me. I am asking you to please believe these same distress calls from the citizens of your own country who are living under the same, and even worse, conditions. Please believe that there is a health problem associated with these huge wind turbines that are operating too close to homes.
Falmouth, Ma. USA
Feb 8, 2015