Bayshore Regional Sewage Authority (BRSA) is defying the will of the
town council, and the majority of local citizens in its efforts to
erect a 1.5
GE industrial wind turbine (IWT) at its facility in Union Beach, New
the shores of Raritan Bay. Monmouth County, Union Beach, Keyport,
Matawan and Holmdel have all passed resolutions opposing its
construction. The Hazlet
Area Quality of Life Association and the Bayshore
Regional Watershed Council are also opposed.
The IWT would stand 386 feet
tall with three blades each the size of a cell tower. That's 81 feet taller than
of Liberty and 113 feet taller than the Twin Lights in Highlands.
opinion, it would be an eyesore ruining the aesthetic beauty of our
region and lower local property values significantly.
are serious health and public safety issues for people
to IWTs (see links below). Many localities require
be set back at least 1.25 miles from the nearest home. The
BRSA turbine would be sited 1,080 feet from the start of a
densely populated community, and thousands of homes in Union Beach,
and Keyport are well within the 1.25 mile radius. Plus, it is our position that
any promised savings on the BRSA's sewer bills will never
In August of 2012, Union Beach won a unanimous Appellate
Court decision that remanded the IWT issue back to the UB Planning
Board. Before that could occur, Superstorm Sandy devastated the
Jersey Shore. The BRSA suffered tens of millions of dollars in
damage, and the turbine was totaled while in storage in Port Newark.
According to the BRSA's executive director, the issue has been
"placed on the back burner" for now, but our fight is far from
IN OUR BATTLE AGAINST THE SEWER AUTHORITY
Turbine case headed to N.J. Supreme Court
| Fischer admits potential BRSA lawsuit vs. Conti Corp.
Independent: BRSA wind
turbine parts damaged during Sandy
Independent: Oral arguments for latest appeal - "Attorney questions turbine law roots"
BEACH WINS APPEALS CASE VS. BRSA IN A 3-0 DECISION BY THE JUDGES!
Independent: Union Beach wins industrial wind turbine appeal
Patch: Court Sides with Union Beach on Wind Turbine Appeal
APP: Appellate ruling - Union Beach crane must come down
ROLLED THE DICE AND LOST | MILLIONS OF RATEPAYER FUNDS WASTED
Independent: Bayshore residents say BRSA ignored warnings
NY Times: Turbine Plans Hit Headwind
Blogs: The BRSA Industrial Wind Turbine Blame Game
Blogs: Who’s advising the BRSA in their quest for an industrial
Blogs: If the BRSA loses the turbine war, what comes next?
Blogs: What BRSA Isn't Telling You About Their Wind Turbine Plan - Part
Highlands Herald: Open Letter to Congressman Pallone
Blame authority, contractor for rushing crane to site
Blogs: A minor loss for Union Beach in the wind turbine war
Mulshine: Destroying nature in order to save it
Independent | Proposed wind turbine may fan dissension | Editors always
change "will" to "may"
WIND TURBINE NOISE AND YOUR HEALTH
Int. | WIND FARMS AND HEALTH | by A. Evans Professor Emeritus Belfast University
Society of America: How Does Wind Turbine Noise Affect People?
Engineers at the University of Minnesota recently managed to record infrasound visually
of Waterloo in Ontario | Wind Turbine Noise, Sleep Quality, and Symptoms
of Inner Ear Problems
reviewed articles, their abstracts & citations on adverse health effects
of industrial wind turbines
Wind turbines make people sick,
peer-reviewed UK study finds
“Infrasound from wind turbines: An overlooked health hazard” (Clinical report, Sweden)
Influence of infrasound noise from wind turbines on EEG signal patterns in humans
industrial wind turbines too close to animals can causes problems - might
it not happen to people?
Hearing at low and infrasonic frequencies
An ill wind blows as the surge of turbines stirs fears of silent danger to
Today: "How Wind Turbine Noise Affects People" (Peer-reviewed)
Longitudinal study of the impact of wind turbine proximity on health related quality of life
resource available on Amazon: "Sound, Noise, Flicker and the Human Perception of Wind Farm
(UK) Wind Park submission: INFRASOUND FROM VARIOUS INDUSTRIAL WIND
Kingston Independence turbine exceeds state’s noise threshold during study
THE “HOW TO” GUIDE TO SITING WIND TURBINES TO PREVENT HEALTH RISKS FROM SOUND
Wisconsin Study Finds Wind Turbine Noise at Sub-audible Levels
Rick James: Graphs of audio demonstrate that industrial wind turbines
Acoustics | Wind Turbine Noise: An independent assessment of sound quality
Industrial Wind Turbine Study Points to Infrasound as Serious Health
Systematic review 2013: Association between wind turbines and human distress
Hoosac Wind Turbine Neighbors Complain of Loud Turbine Noise
Nancy S. Timmerman provides an easy to follow discussion of turbine noise
A provocative investigation claims thousands are falling sick because they live near
IRISH HEALTH OFFICIAL WARNS OF 'WIND TURBINE SYNDROME'
Lecture (11:20): Low Frequency Noise | Mariana Alves-Pereira, Lusófona University,
News 7: Sleeplesss in Scituate: Turbines keep many awake
Salt, a leading researcher: Wind Turbines can be Hazardous to Human
has known about the serious health effects of wind turbine noise since at
Journal of Rural Medicine: Industrial wind turbines and adverse health effects
must-read: "You know you live too close to a wind project in Vermont
for Water, Soil and Air Hygiene | Acute and chronic endocrine effects of
noise (Includes turbines)
The Truly unacceptable face of Wind!
shows the turbine at the same setback as would occur in UB
The Irish Times:
Turbine study revolves around negative impacts on community (Kid's a
TV's Charles Gibson is astounded by the noise of an industrial wind
turbine in this report
Green Bay Press Gazette: Study finds 'dangerous levels' of noise from
"Wind Turbine Syndrome, a matter of bad prevention?" on YouTube
If you live near the wind turbine in Fairhaven, MA, the town has asked
that you fill out this form
Canadian TV documentary tackles the health impacts of industrial wind
Safe House | The Human Face of Wind Turbines
Turbines ordered off from 7pm - 7am | Judge determines abutters
"injured in some way"
A must-see video lecture by
industrial noise expert Rick James on harmful low frequency and
infrasound from wind turbines
Nissenbaum, MD: Inustrail Wind Turbines, Human Variability and Adverse
Video: Wind Turbine Shadow
Flicker, Scituate, MA
Gary D Hopkins MD regarding adverse health effects of industrial wind
CLOSE" (video) documents people experiencing ill health from the Hull
and Falmouth IWTs
Power Point Presentation
On Wind Turbine Noise | Mike Stigwood, Acoustican. SAS conference Nov.24.13
over a single industrial wind turbine in Port Elgin, Ontario continue to
Institute of Health (NIH) | Wind Turbines: A Different Breed of Noise?
by Sandy Reider MD (Harvard Trained): Adverse health effects of industrial
Mountain Blog: Literature reviews of wind turbines’ effects on human health
Studies of health effects of industrial wind turbine noise, 2003–2012
"What Vestas knew, and when" analyses the Vestas (major turbine
maker) PowerPoint document below
PowerPoint by Vestas: Problems related to the use of the existing noise
warns sleep disturbance emerging as major public health concern,
particularly with children, older people.
NY: Herkimer County residents have filed suit against Iberdrola Wind
Maine Court rules
for Vinalhaven Wind Neighbors vs. Maine DEP charged with enforcing wind turbine noise standards
Rose v. Chaikin 1982 NJ wind turbine court decision: Private wind turbine shut down
Michican Capitol News: Court Backs Finding Of Wind Turbine Noise Problem. Developer must mitigate
Giving tax credits to the wind energy industry is a waste of time and money
NJ rejects 3-year effort to install wind farm off Atlantic City coast
because it's not financially viable
Warren Buffet: We get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. They don’t make sense without the tax credit.
Offshore Wind Project Reveals The Enormous Cost to Taxpayer
Alabama: Residents near proposed wind mill farm sue
Institute: New Jersey's Renewable Energy Mandate is a Drag on the Economy
with Wind Turbines On Their Properties Launch Lawsuit Against Wind
couple asks judge to seize $223K from turbine owner to cover lawsuit
Senator John Madigan absolutely rips the wind industry and Professor Simon
Chapman to shreds
Plaintiffs’ attorney verifies settlement reached in wind turbine lawsuit
News & World Report | Administration 'slow rolling' documents on bird
deaths at wind farms
David Cameron could make manifesto pledge to get 'rid' of wind farms
Advertising Standards Authority rules wind farms cannot be advertised as producing no health effects
Post: Governments across Europe ripping up renewable contracts
Supreme Court orders 4 wind turbines removed due to excessive low
settle with Green Mountain (Wind) Power: Accept a $1,300,000 buyout of
Post: North America slow to reverse renewables projects, but its turn will come soon
Environmental Victory Is Major Setback For Cape Wind's Offshore Wind Farm
shows wind farms are damaging Scottish mountain tourism, businesses hurt
23 Texas wind farm
hosts sue over noise, nuisance - they now realize the wind companies led
MA | Judge orders limited use of wind turbines. Neighbors "at risk of
irreparable physical and psychological harm"
pending legislation: The Wind Energy Relief Act would provide compensation
to wind turbine neighbors
UK Environmental Secretary emphatically states, "Wind farms are a big
Orders Utility To Address Wind Turbine Noise Problems Due To Resident's
MINISTERS call a halt to the spread of wind farms across the countryside
amid a growing public backlash
SEE TV NEWS: A giant Florida wind turbine corporation is suing an Ontario
woman opposing turbines in her backyard
Judge: Michigan Renewable Energy Mandate Unconstitutional
Noise Association: 1 mile setback needed for wind turbines (Union Beach
setback would be 1,080 feet)
Why the Best Path to a Low-Carbon Future is Not Wind or Solar Power
equity firms turn away from renewable energy investments- report
Wind farm opponents
in Ontario ready $28M lawsuit
Irish are pissed off | 10,000 to march in ‘monster rally’ against
industrial wind installations
Electricity Prices Rise Dramatically Under Ohio Renewable Mandates,
Almost 100% Wind Energy
power opponents in the crosshairs of the wind industry - Denmark spies on
Michigan | Court Orders Utility To Address Wind Turbine Noise Problems
Michigan | US Judge Orders Lake Wind’s Noisy Turbines to be Shut Down – AGAIN!
Wind Farm lawsuit progressing slowly (Upstate NY)
American Wind Energy Association Admits Electricity Prices Skyrocketing In
Largest Wind Power States
North Dakota wants financial assurance
wind turbines will be removed in 20 years - NextEra Wind balks
piss off the Irish! Thousands of demonstrators march through Dublin in
opposition to wind energy
Ontario court allows lawsuits against
wind company and accepts 22% to 50% loss of property values along with
health and noise issues
Mother Earth News:
Industrial Wind Turbines Hurt Property Values (and they are usually
The Sunday Post | Housing values plummet in shadow of turbine developments
News: Ontario wind power bringing down property values
Wind turbines plunge property value 38% (Ontario, Canada)
Times: Council tax cut for homes near wind farms
Wind farms do bring down property values
has known this for years - wind developers must compensated homeowners by law
Group One: Wind Turbine Property Value Impact Study
UK: Wind farms 'slashing house prices by half' in Devon
assessed value on a residence (wind turbines) has a tangible impact on the
windturbinepropertyloss.org for lots of info
Wind farms 'slash up to a THIRD off value of nearby homes'
property values factor in wind turbine forum discussion
Mail Online: Study proves value of houses within 1.2 miles of large wind farms slashed by
The LSE Study: Wind farms reduce house prices in postcodes where the turbines are
Phillips PhD: Wind turbines definitely lower local property values. The
only question is, how much?”
Falmouth, MA Allows Turbine Tax Abatement/Property
Value Reduction of 22% Due To Proximity To Wind Turbine
Refusal of Old Leighlin wind farm lists property devaluation among reasons
for turning down development.
BATS AND OTHER IMPACTS ON NATURE
Audubon Society CEO: Interior Dept. Rule Greenlights Eagle Slaughter at Wind Farms
the Eagles International: US wind farms are actually slaughtering millions of birds and bats annually
American Bird Conservancy: Eagle Rule Weakens Current Protections and Sanctions Eagle Deaths
U. of Agricultural Sciences study, combining 600 other studies: Wind
Turbines Severely Harm Wildlife
World Council for Nature: 1,600 miscarriages at
mink farm due to proximity to wind turbines
Times: “Wind farm ‘will stop salmon finding way home’”
Offshore Wind Farms Harm Marine Mammals, Scientists Explain How and Why
Times: “Wind farm ‘will stop salmon finding way home’”/Protect Wild Scotland
Environmentalists link whale beachings to offshore
wind farm sonar
Exposing the wind industry genocide of deliberately unreported bird and bat deaths
San Diego area
eagle population being decimated by wind turbine kills
Vegas Sun: Wind turbines are disastrous to birds
of birds with turbine blades one of the big issues in enviro impact
assessment of offshore wind farms
American Institute of Biological Sciences:
Over 600,000 bats slaughtered by wind turbines per year in US
Seals wear earphones to test impact of noise pollution from offshore wind
Ohio wind turbine shutdown raises issue of migratory bird safety
Dept. of Justice | First prosecution for bird kills - Duke Energy agrees to pay $1 million
Geographic: Federal Study Highlights Spike in Eagle Deaths at Wind Farms
US Wind Turbines Kill Over 600,000 Bats A Year
Eagle Foundation: "Bald and Golden Eagles Are Being Killed by Wind Turbines"
Bryce: We have to kill eagles in order to save them
have a population of bald eagles as well as other birds of prey in the UB area.
Wind farms vs. wildlife - The shocking environmental cost of renewable
Washington Times: The truth about bird and bat deaths from wind turbines
Magazine | Green Energy: Can We Save the Planet and Save Birds?
successful Nova Scotia emu farm forced to close after noise from wind
turbines destroyed their flock
U.S. Wind Turbines Kill 1.4 Million Birds and Bats Every Year
Wind turbines kill up to 39 million birds a year! Wind developers hide evidence
number of eagles killed by wind farms, new study finds
Hiding “Avian Mortality”: Where ‘Green’ is Red (Part I: Altamont Pass)
Hiding Avian Mortality: Where ‘Green’ is Red (Part II: Wolfe Island)
& Mail: Windfarm turbines deadly for birds, bats
GRAB A MURPHY'S IRISH STOUT AND SING ALONG!
Ireland: The Wurzels release
their wind farm protest song
TURBINE SAFETY & MAINTENANCE
Chinese typhoon knocks out 17
industrial wind turbines
Hurricanes Pose Major Risk To Wind Energy Industry
turbines require significant repairs or complete overhauls in the 5-7 year
range (Also see links in story)
Economic life of onshore wind turbines is between 10 and 15 years, not
20 to 25 years as industry claims
wind farm turbines wear sooner than expected, says study
TV: Catastrophic tornado: 1 turbine blade lands on a daycare, location of
other 2 blades unknown
GE blade snaps
off of wind turbine in Michigan
1,500 accidents and incidents on UK wind farms
in past five years
Siemens shuts down wind turbines worldwide after Southern California accident
several wind turbines in Lincoln County
American: Wind Turbines Generate “Upside-Down” Lightning [Video]
Magazine: Wind turbine accidents, injuries and fatalities
THE LATEST OF MANY
ARTICLES DEBUNKING THE MYTH
THAT WIND ENERGY IS GREEN
Why Not Wind: an open letter:
The reasons industrial-scale wind is a destructive boondoggle
There are essentially four reasons why wind energy is a
very bad idea
Express UK: Energy blow as
wind power fuels pollution
fails to reduce carbon emissions
The dirty secret of Britain's
polluting diesel generators built in secret to kick in when there's no wind for
Study: Wind Power Raises CO2 Emissions - by Jeames M. Taylor -
Even Members Begin to Question the Sierra Club’s Radical Position on Wind
CO2 and other power plant pollution worsens in Colorado due to wind
Subsidizing CO2 Emissions via
Windpower: The Ultimate Irony —
Ocotillo wind facility: Residents have documented toxic oil leaks at over 40% of turbines
Lab Finds Wind Energy Not Meeting Carbon Emission Goals
Herald Sun: When the wind doesn’t blow, the power doesn’t switch on
wind power causing dams to crack and damage to hydroelectric turbines and
| Wind Industry Study: AWEA Confirms Electricity Prices Skyrocketing In Largest Wind Power States
IICC's Kevon Martis testifies against the
wind industry's federal Production Tax Credit
From left-leaning Brookings Institution: Why the Best Path to a Low-Carbon Future is Not Wind or Solar Power
The Economist: Wind and solar power are even more expensive than is commonly thought
UK: The Arguments For and Against Wind Power
UK: Parasitic wind power is killing its host
Wind farms could become 'monuments of a failed
civilization', top environmentalist claims
Idaho Power: Wind power extremely
intermittent and unreliable, short notice driving up costs
People often cite Germany as a wind power
German Utilities Bail Out Electric Grid at Wind’s Mercy
| Wind Turbines Causing Massive Problems
CO2 emissions have increased since 2011 despite Germany’s $140 billion green energy plan
Merkel Advisers Urge Germany to End Clean-Energy Subsidy Program
Germany's Energy Goes Kaput (thanks to wind turbines), Threatening
Germany's Defective Green Energy Game Plan
Results In More CO2 & Pollution
Study (Germany) finds wind power increases costs of electricity production and CO2 emissions
Germany's renewable policies/subsidies mocked by Oliver Welke on what looks like Germany's Daily
adding 10 new coal-fired power plants for reliable grid power - wind power
not cutting it
Quixotes Last Stand:
"How much wind will a windmill mill if a windmill only uses
MIT Tech Review: MIT & GE admit wind turbines rely on fossil fuels | CO2 rises as result
Mouth: GE’s Gas-Fired Plants Could Enable More Wind and Solar (They can't work without it)
Business Daily: Europe Starts To Run, Not Walk, Away From Green Economics
Post: Why China’s renewables industry is headed for collapse
The Telegraph: How Britain went tilting
THE FALLACY OF WIND ENERGY — MINIMUM POWER AT ASTRONOMICAL COSTS
Power struggle: Green energy versus a grid that's not ready
and may never be able to handle it
Wind farms paid more to switch off turbines than they would have
received from operations
£30million for wind turbines that don't work when it's windy: Cost is £25million higher than last year
Research: Wind power pricier, emits more CO2 than thought • The
of Russia UK: Wind farms: "No amount of subsidy will make them economically viable"
Blog: "Behind the windfarm scenes" | Great blog with mostly
Kirby Mountain: Questions and Answers: What's wrong with wind energy?
NERC Reality vs. AWEA’s
Goggin: Chasing a Ghost in Windland
UK: Wind farms handed £5 million to switch off turbines as thousands of homes left without power
Minutes: The Cleantech Crash | "Despite billions invested by the
U.S...have little to show for it."
wind turbines use a tremendous amount of power for their own internal
by Ben Acheson: 'Wind Energy: Chalk it Up As a Loss'
Wind firms accused of building huge, ineffective turbines to exploit a lucrative loophole funded by the taxpayer
America's favorite billionaire Warren Buffett rips off consumers & taxpayers through wind energy
of an ENRON executive: Remembering When Enron Saved the U.S. Wind Industry
TURBINE TOXIC WASTE ISSUE
China, the true cost of wind power: Pollution on a disastrous scale
turbine blade manufacturing results in large amounts of toxic waste
including Bisphenol A
The Sunday Post’s hard-hitting probe into the true
toxic environmental impact of wind farms
Large industrial wind turbines often need
blade replacement during their working lives
turbine rotor blades cannot be recycled and are destined for landfills
fears toxic waste wind turbine blade mountain because they cannot be recycled
vs. UNION BEACH
Story For The Second Year In A Row In The Independent.
I believe the people of Union Beach and its neighbors will prevail next year, and that will be the # 1 story of
OCEAN GATE, NJ LOCALS
HAVE BEEN COMPLAINING FOR SEVERAL YEARS
Ocean Gate shuts down turbines at night while the battle with residents
A WORLD AWAY WIND TURBINES CAUSE THE SAME
gotta watch this
phenomenal news story from Down Under!
JOHN DROZ: MISDRIECTION AND FLUFF
best summary of the dirty truth about ‘clean’ wind power..."
REVIEWS OF WINDFALL THE MOVIE ARE
Here To Order Your Copy Now
Windfall links on Digital Platforms: iTunes
Salon.com: Wind power: Renewable resource, or another corporate scam?
Playfully thorough examination of the subject
Huffington Post: A Cautionary Tale About Wind Power
Public News Service:
NY Town's Battle Over Wind Power Makes it to the Big Screen
Roger Ebert's review of Windfall
Mulshine interviews the director, Laura Israel
NY Times:Turbines in the Backyard: The Sound and the Strobes
Washington Post: Ann Hornaday reviews ‘Windfall’
OLDER ARTICLES OF INTEREST
Guard scuttles windmill plan | Cape May Gazette General News
It would be really funny if it wasn't so serious. It's as if Frank
Wells and Robert Fischer told the Coast Guard turbine people what to
say to the
public. See the comments section.
Times: Bill would keep wind farms far from homes
Looks like the Irish can certainly tell wind industry Blarney from the
truth. Currently, their mandatory setback is 500 meters from the first
property line. That's 540 feet farther from the first property line
than the Wind Banshee planned for Union Beach. When this bill passes,
the Irish setback will be 2 km, or 1.25 miles for industrial wind
turbines. ERIN GO BRAGH!
Here's a special issue of the Bulletin of Science, Technology &
Society (a peer-reviewed scholarly journal) devoted to industrial wind
their impacts on human health. The abstracts are free to read. These
speak truth to power...wind power.
Ontario wind power bringing down property values
- Canada - CBC News
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is doing some very good
journalism on wind turbines sited in residential areas, as could become
the case here in Union Beach.
Turbines and Public Health
Dr. David Iser for The Waubra Foundation, Australia
health effects of industrial wind turbines / M. Nissenbaum MD1, J.
C. Hanning MD3
Medical Journal: Wind turbine noise... affect health adversely...
is needed (reprint)
Review: Wind Energy, Noise Pollution By Robert Bryce
sweats legal response as turbines kill birds
Good article on bird kills and federal law, "...as many as 440,000
birds are killed by wind turbines every year."
University of Delaware wind turbine generates
Lechliter, representing himself in the action, filed the 40-page
lawsuit Jan. 9 in U.S. District Court
The wind industry is the second-largest
recipient of government tax breaks after
Wind Project (Wisconsin near Green Bay) causing health problems -
NJ OFFSHORE WIND FARM FAILS THE STINK TEST
State consultants call for rejecting offshore wind project, it will
millions and lose jobs
Second consultant says, "Offshore wind farm fails to demonstrate 'net
We believe a truly independent audit of the BRSA would arrive at a
conclusion - it's a loser!
PROOF OF NEGATIVE HEALTH EFFECTS
A new study confirms the adverse health effects of infrasound and low
frequency sound in Falmouth, MA.
At the time, Falmouth had a single industrial wind turbine at their
wastewater treatment plant...sound familiar?
here to view the entire study - right-click to download
Also, here's a Summary of New Evidence of Adverse Health Effects -
here to view the summary - right-click to download
DEFINITION OF A BOONDOGGLE
In this video at 1:50, then BRSA Chairman Coligas himself states that
GE won't let them run the turbine below 36 degrees.
If you look closely at this U.S. Department of Energy National
Laboratory Map you will see that the planned Union Beach IWT is in
a wind zone
with average speeds of only 5.5 to 6 mph at 80 meters, the height
of the hub for the blades. This wind speed is too low to turn the
blades. If we
must endure wind turbines, shouldn't taxpayer and ratepayer funding
only go to
high-wind zones in order to provide for a reasonable return on
Combine the facts that the BRSA turbine won't spin on freezing days or
hottest days of summer when there's hardly any wind, and you must
conclude the BRSA turbine will be a
boondoggle that will cost We the Ratepayers millions.
Australian on IWTs: What you can't hear can hurt you
1) Denmark accused of tinkering with wind
turbine noise regulations
Denmark accused of applying double standards to windfarm neighbours
Health: Danish government to treat Danes as guinea pigs?
Report: Wind turbines don’t cause health
"The panel did not do original research, nor did it investigate reports
of health problems among residents living near any particular turbine
installation. Instead it reviewed existing studies." And those were the
same existing studies that
BRSA and the like already have used to claim abutters to wind turbines
experiencing psychosomatic symptoms. No panel member traveled to
Massachusetts towns like Falmouth to do field research, let alone
experience the noise and flicker for themselves. Simply reviewing older
studies is not science, it's a book report. The fix was in on this once
again and a panel of "experts" was paid to reach a predetermined
The CEO of Vestas (major wind turbine maker) complains about Denmark's
proposal on low frequency noise from
"...changes to the wind turbines so that they produce less noise...is
not technically possible."
1) The Independent: Matawan raises concerns over
And yes, accidents like this do happen when driving the road with an 84
BRSA Wind Turbine Contractor Explains Finalized Route Through Matawan
Conti and BRSA are looking for sympathy and hoping to apply pressure
Wind Turbine Permit Fees, Temporary Storage Costs BRSA $268K More
battle, turbine parts arrive in N.J. | The Asbury Park Press | APP.com
The BRSA should only have the right to do this when and if they finally
prevail in court.
Phone and write your reps today. They need to hear from all of us many
a Green Yarn - Another Inconvenient Truth
New free e-book on wind energy
Rand | "Wind turbine sound: An independent investigation" | A must-see
Evaluating the impact of wind turbine noise on
health related quality of life
From Noise and Health, a Bi-monthly Inter-disciplinary International
Baltimore Sun: Wind farms aren't the answer to
greenhouse gas emissions
of wind turbine damage during the recent storm in Great
This is one more reason that industrial wind turbines do not belong
close to homes, and harkens back to this letter-to-the-editor:
Independent: What are the BRSA’s plans for its turbine in
FYI, The quote referenced in the above letter is in the 3rd paragraph
link below. Irene was a tropical storm when it hit, not a hurricane.
City wind turbine blades will not be removed for safe storage
Taming Turbine Fires Before They Start: It’s when, not
From North American Clean Energy, a pro-wind publication
FALMOUTH & OCEAN GATE
The turbine insanity in Falmouth, MA Part 1
The turbine insanity in Falmouth, MA Part 2
Lewes, DE homeowners set to fight U of Delaware single wind turbine in
Falmouth, MA: Life under the blades of a single wind turbine
More Bad News About Windmills - Paul Mulshine in the Star
8) Ocean Gate,
letter from a friend who lives with the noise from the turbine there The BRSA's latest talking point is, "It's just one turbine,
not a wind
farm, and it's wind farms that cause all the problems." Well, by saying
this they just admitted that wind turbines do cause serious problems.
Wind farms are collections of several large industrial wind turbines,
so if wind farms cause
problems it's because each individual wind turbine in the farm causes
NJ Energy Plan Includes Ambitious Renewable
Energy Goal, But Begins To Back Away From Wind
Patch: Matawan 5th Town To Pass Resolution Opposing BRSA Wind Turbine
Dynamic measurements of wind turbine acoustic
signals, employing sound quality engineering methods considering the
time and frequency sensitivities of human perception
Presented at NOISE-CON 2011, Portland, Oregon, July 25-27, 2011
Scottish National Windfarm Conference, Ayr, Friday 11 November 2011 -
Keynote Address: "Windfarms don't work!"
Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Steven Rauch
realizes, on the basis of prima facie evidence, that WTS is worth
Two Acousticians succumb to Wind Turbine
SavvySpin.Com: Are Wind Power Opponents Winning
the PR Battle?
A fascinating article and a must-read
far more than birds, are falling victim to wind turbines
Government caught lying about Wind Turbine
Post: Wind Power Noise Dispute On Tranquil Maine Island Intensifies
The lie behind turbine noise models
Why, with...an extensive body of evidence showing turbine noise is
causing deleterious impacts on people living near the towers, was
Herkimer County fooled into thinking it would be spared? The answer is
simple: Herkimer County residents were lied to.
Why pro-wind studies often use a 10 km radius by Alec Salt PhD
"So, within 2 km (the two innermost bands) of the turbine, the area is
3.1 + 9.4 km2 (=12.5 km2) which would represent 1.2 households." It's
worth noting that, unlike this example in the article, Union Beach,
Hazlet and Keyport have thousands of households within 2 km of the
proposed wind turbine site. And yes, the
BRSA's own studies on property values uses this very same statistical
Cost of green energy 40% higher than government estimates
Independent: BRSA awaits permits for turbine transport
The BRSA is putting the pressure on via the press. They know they are
danger of losing the battle in court and are desperate to truck the
to their plant. It is a huge and irresponsible gamble with ratepayer
their part. If they lose, the court may make them truck it back out and
also be subject to a class action suit.
Nina Pierpont Interviews Falmouth MA resident Neil Andersen about Wind
4 MW of electricity consistently generated from poop at Florida sewage
plant - should BRSA consider this instead?
Then again, Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority tried something like this
and blew $30 million of ratepayer money.
Let's hope the FLA folks implement this correctly. The idea seems good
The Independent: BRSA should delay plans to
truck turbine to site
The BRSA is attempting to secure permits to truck their IWT into Union
Beach prior to prevailing in court,
which may be never.
Holmdel Patch: BRSA prepares for delivery of
huge turbine parts
The BRSA had to close their deal with GE by 8/31 to get their Stimulus
money from Uncle
Sam. But as Judge Tassini warned them, delivery of the turbine cannot
be used as
a defense in court. If they try it, they just might have to have it
removed, all at ratepayer expense.
A technical study about the low wind energy CO2
savings in Ireland
Wind turbines do little if anything to reduce CO2. And so, what's the
Wind Energy: the
Monument to Lunacy
The battle for Britain mirrors what's going on here.
from The Independent: Wind turbine fight escalates BRSA files suit
This story is an oldie but worth revisiting. It features a video of our
governor at a town hall meeting
referring to the BRSA as "a shadow government...that's completely out
of control." Governor, you
sure got that right!
authorities in hot water
following outside audits - should BRSA be next?
Passaic Valley Sewerage Authority - Rife with corruption
Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority - $30,000,000 boondoggle
Riverhead, NY - State finds wind turbine not worth it
Tribune: The Global Backlash Against Wind Energy
This is a great summation of the current state of the wind energy
in America: Dead Birds Unintended Consequence of Wind Power Development
"There's a big, big hypocrisy here," Sue Hammer said. "If I shoot an
eagle, it's a $10,000 fine and/or a vacation of one to five years in a
federal pen of my choice."
Then the wind industry advocates gave their usual response to this
A New Study Takes The Wind Out Of Wind Energy
"Reality has overtaken green hope" by Robert Bryce.
Times: Offshore wind energy will drive up electricity costs for NJ
The same holds true for onshore wind energy, like the BRSA's IWT
You can monitor the power output of the 2 MW wind turbine at The U. of
Delaware in Lewes at any moment at this website.
It's a good way to compare the nameplate capacity of 2 MW against what
it actually generates.
FYI: 1000 kilowatts = 1 megawatt. At best a wind turbine will
to about 20% of capacity, often much less. During July's heat
peek electric demand the efficiency will be very low as the wind
doesn't blow at
the hottest time of day. You can refresh your browser to get
Independent: Sierra Club dead wrong on impact of onshore wind turbines
Turbines, The Test of Time" / Joan & John Terry's stunning video at
Spotlight: A UB area grassroots group wants to make sure that a huge
is not built in its community
APP: Land deal may mean end of fight
Holmdel Patch: BRSA Obtains Key Parcel of Land For Wind Turbine, Says
Believe me. Don't believe everything you read!
NJTODAY: "Energy Sprawl" Off New Jersey's Preserved Farms!
Holmdel Patch: Holmdel's farmlands could sprout wind turbines, writer
Daily Journal: Energy sprawl threatens open space, farmland
Washington Post: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pulls out of greenhouse
NJ.com: Christie announces N.J. pulling out of Regional Greenhouse Gas
Daily News: Wind turbines fail to live up to claims
This is exactly what will happen in Union Beach as the BRSA and this
area of Maine are both in a "Marginal Zone" according to the US Dept.
of Energy Wind Map which can be found below.
Independent: Hazlet resident urges Gov to stop wind turbine project
The link to the article in his insightful letter is broken. Here is the
for Wind Industry Leadership in Reducing Noise Impacts
Plus, here's an article on the effects of noise pollution sent by a
good friend of UB's. It doesn't specifically mention wind turbines, but
sure as heck applies:
The Independent: Judge orders stay on wind turbine plans
Union Beach granted stay in battle against
proposed wind turbine
Two River Times: Judge Orders Stay In Fight Over Union Beach Wind
The Independent: Union Beach resident proud to be a NIMBY
Holmdel Patch: At Earth Day, Some Say They Like Wind Turbines
Sun: Mining mineral for windmill magnets causes environmental disaster
WHAT PART OF WIND
TURBINES DO NOT BELONG ONSHORE
CLOSE TO HOMES DO THEY NOT UNDERSTAND?
turbine failures in Lacey put state energy program on hold | The Asbury
Press | APP.com
Knoeller's 17-year-old granddaughter, Sarah, was working with
horses near the tower when the blades flew off. "One of them nearly hit
This story follows on the heels of the story below from just two days
prior: State Puts Onshore Wind Program Back in Business. Report
determines that safety is not an issue for most wind turbine vendors
operating in New
Which refers to the story below from March 25th: State Shuts Down
Onshore Wind Turbine Program after Major Malfunction. All three blades
break free of newly installed turbine in what is labeled an
And now here's a link to 10 pages of "abnormal occurrences" in the
larger turbines like the one planned for Union
http://noturbine.com/images/Turbine%20Fires%20and%20Collapse.pdf And here's what the wind industry's well-funded lobbying
group the AWEA had to say about all this. It's interesting that they
by this. The comments at the bottom to this letter say it all.
Bayshore Regional Watershed Council opposes wind turbine - To every
member of this
great organization we say THANK YOU!
U.S. Senators Tom Coburn and John McCain included the planned BRSA
turbine on their list of "100
Stimulus Projects That Give Taxpayers The Blues." It came in 63rd. The
that we made this list out of the hundreds of thousands of
projects is amazing. I'm sure Robert Fischer, Frank Wells and the other
commissioners will call our distinguished senators "fearmongers and
outsiders who are not
qualified experts." Actually, Robert Fischer called us "fearmonger-ers."
Wind Project Wins Construction Approval
DEP Press Release Email: Christie Administration Seeks Firms Interested
In Offshore Wind Farm Leases
New Jersey Map of offshore wind farm leasing sites - here's where
thousands of wind turbines will all go
Holmdel votes to oppose turbine.
Unfortunately, wind doesn’t afford the benefits marketers promise.
Environmentalists Against Windpower?
A recent letter to the APP in response to a pro-BRSA letter in the APP
future of wind power: "Don’t count on constant electricity under
renewable energy" says UK electricity
This could happen here in the USA.
The Canada Free Press article on threatening endangered bird species
with extinction for an unreliable source of energy
Energy: The Bloom Box - 60 Minutes/CBS News Video
There are new green energy technologies coming to market now that may
make wind energy obsolete.
This fuel cell technology uses methane, and sewage plants and landfills
make enough of it.
Energy: Cellulosic ethanol finally arrives
Large refiners like Valero are investing in cellulosic ethanol
biorefineries, which have recently become
viable. Cellulosic ethanol holds the promise of providing 16 times the
energy used to make it,
unlike ethanol from corn, which even Al Gore says was a mistake.
Two River Times: Wind Turbine Dispute Goes To Court
Asbury Park Press: Union Beach lacks power to rule on turbine,
The Independent: Sewerage authority challenges Planning Board
Girt wind turbine plan scrapped Congratulations to our friends in the Sea Girt area! Today
tomorrow Union Beach!
RECENT HEALTH CONFERENCE
This is from the First International Symposium on the Global Wind
Industry and Adverse Health Effects recently held in Picton, Ontario
Wind Turbines Frozen Solid
Britain's Wind Farms are No Spin Zones When Cold Hits
Ben Hoen is the main author of the Berkeley Lab study that the BRSA
touts to try
to prove there's no impact on property values. Here, Mr. Hoen
acknowledges that homeowners
living close to turbines should be compensated. It blows a big hole in
the BRSA's claim.
now compensates homeowners for loss of value as a matter of public
If property value is not an issue as the BRSA claims, why is this now
the law in Denmark?
"Do Wind Projects Adversely Affect Proximate Residential Property
Values?" A compilation of property value articles from John Droz.
Star Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine's take on a photo I sent him,
"There goes the neighborhood!"
got a Dutch treat for utility customers
Paul Mulshine's story in the August 22nd Star Ledger - A must-read!
At this website you can listen to a GE 1.5MW wind turbine recorded
inside an entry vestibule at midnight
1,500 feet downwind from the turbine.
Your speakers need to be on. The sound should play automatically when
you click on the
link, and the audio player is at the bottom of the page. Set the volume
loudness of a calm speaking voice. If it doesn't play, please try a
“Nobody in the area could believe it. They were so loud.”
The NY Times on the Fox Island wind turbines - 10/6
Times: Turbines Too Loud for You? Here, Take $5,000
If noise is not an issue as the BRSA claims, why is Caithness Energy
paying off local residents in Ohio?
MUST READING: http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/02/wind_energys_ghosts_1.html
Europe has a lesson for Congress about wind
Mafia cash in on lucrative EU wind farm handouts -
especially in Sicily -
No, I am not implying that Tony Soprano or his ilk are in play with our
wind turbine issue, but this made us smile: “...the Mafia’s
in the alternative-energy business.”
And after all, the BRSA is in the "waste management business." :)
You must watch these two videos, the
first from the NY Times and the second by WERU, a local radio station.
We can't let this happen here like it did in Vinalhaven, Maine. Vinalhaven's Fox Islands
exceeds noise limits - 9/10/10.
State of Maine finds Fox Island Wind Turbines in violation of
noise standard - 9/10/10.
Wonder what the windmills on Vinalhaven sound like for local
residents? Click this link to find out. http://penobscotbay.blogspot.com/2010/07/listen-fox-island-windmills-polluting.html
Becky Godlee's music video mourns irresponsibly located wind
BOOKS AT AMAZON.COM
Turbine Syndrome: A Report on a Natural Experiment" by Dr. Nina Pierpont
Wind Farm Scam" by John Etherington
Power Fraud" by Charles Opalek
They're Not Green - Uncovering the Secrets of the Wind Farms
A new wind turbine documentary now available on DVD by Nettie
Trailer for new feature length
documentary soon to be released
On page 5 of this GE wind turbine document, under Siting
states: "Siting wind turbines and assessing the feasibility of a
proposed location must consider factors such as: (6)
Community acceptance and compatibility with adjacent land uses.
Depending on setback requirements tens of acres might be necessary to
house a single GE 1.5MW
turbine. Hence, megawatt-scale wind turbines cannot be located in
densely populated areas."
Well, there's very little community acceptance, there's a densely
1,080 feet away, and it would damage the plant in the event of fire or
GE Energy Extreme Wind
Speed Risk & Mitigation
Examples of possible failure scenarios include blade failure or a tower
Setbacks (minimum distance between wind turbines and habitations)
Regulations for Operators and Technicians
"Do not stay within a radius of 400m (1300ft) from the turbine
unless it is necessary.
If you have to inspect an operating turbine from the ground, do not
stay under the rotor plane but observe the rotor from the front.” This is from
a manual for a Vestas 3MW wind turbine, which can be as tall as 420
feet. HOWEVER, under NJ law, the minimum setback would be 1.5 times
that height or 630 feet, less than half the distance Vestas considers a
dangerous hard hat zone!
Watch: First International Symposium on Adverse Health Effects and
The First International Symposium on the adverse health effects of
industrial wind turbines
was held on October 29-31, 2010 in
Picton, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada.
The UK: A Bill To Make provision for a minimum distance between wind
turbines and residential premises according to the size of the wind
turbine. In England, a turbine the size of the BRSA's would
require a setback of 1.24 miles rather than 1,080 feet.
There's a link at the bottom of the page to the actual bill.
TURBINES AND YOUR
WITH WIND TURBINES
ISSUES LIVING TO CLOSE TO A TURBINE
WIND TURBINES AND