Health risks linked to wind farm
Daily Liberal Newspaper, July 30, 2013
The compounding impacts of infrasound and low frequency acoustic pollution were the central themes of an address by Waubra Foundation chief executive officer Dr Sarah Laurie to a Planning Assessment Commission public meeting in Wellington.
Dr Laurie told the Daily Liberal her initial feelings towards wind farming was aligned with sustainable energy production when a wind energy project proposed for the hills near her property in South Australia.
However, when she was alerted to health problems associated with wind turbines, Dr Laurie decided there was potentially serious health problems associated with them.
She decided to delve deeper into the issue and became aware, despite the health problems being described around the world, there was a lack of research and need for more research.
Dr Laurie’s address to the meeting will be used to point out the lack of respect shown by wind generation companies to scientific analysis showing the health risks to those people who lived in close proximity to the turbines.
She said the project planned for Bodangra with 33 turbines posed serious health risks for those people who lived in the small community and on neighbouring farms. The turbines proposed [three megawatt Vestas turbines] to be installed at Bodangra will be equal to the largest of their type in the nation and are also being used on a wind farm at Macarthur in Western Victoria.
“The most common impact of wind turbines is interrupted sleep,” Dr Laurie said.
She said people who lived near wind farms were lied to, bullied and ridiculed by the operators about health risks from turbine activity.