Concerns

Black Oak Wind Farm

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A time line of wind turbine infrasound and low frequency noise.

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What can you do?

It is important that you take the time to investigate and understand the implications of installing a wind farm in Enfield. There are many good websites with lots of good information.

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Project Background

In 2006, John Rancich proposed building a so-called “community based” wind farm on Connecticut Hill in Enfield, NY. He formed Enfield Energy LLC and began obtaining development rights to build a wind farm from local residents.

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Noise and Health Concerns

Large wind turbines generate very low frequency sounds and infrasound (below 20 Hz) when the wind driving them is turbulent. The amount of infrasound depends on many factors, including the turbine manufacturer, wind speed, power output, local topography, and the presence of nearby turbines (increasing when the wake from one turbine enters the blades of another).

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Ice-throw, turbine accidents and setbacks

There are many examples of when wind turbines have failed to function properly and as a result they can blow apart, catch fire or fall over. Here are just a couple of videos showing some of them.

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Good Neighbor Agreement

Marguerite Wells maintains that the agreement is simply an acknowledgement of the inconvenience imposed on the non-participating residents and that it is intended to share 1% of the annual profits by paying each household adjacent to a wind turbine $500 a year.

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