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Re: “The Parmelee Post: Rebellious Refrigerator Routinely Exceeds Proposed Wind Noise Decibel Limits

Im not sure how anyone can think that making fun of people who are suffering is funny. Obviously, this person has never lived in close proximity to an Industrial Wind turbine. My father suffers from seasickness and I dont, but I would never dream of making fun of him because of that.

I once had a refrigerator that was noisy and would keep me awake at night. My husband never heard it, but when it would start making noise, I would wake up and couldnt go back to sleep. Fortunately, there was an easy solution I bought a new refrigerator. Problem solved. Unfortunately, if it was an Industrial Wind project that was keeping me awake, there would be no easy solution.

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Posted by Christine on 06/11/2017 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Shumlin Vetoes Renewable Energy Siting Bill

"I believe that taken together, the emergency declaration and the restrictive sound standards will make it impossible to continue to sensibly site renewable wind power in Vermont."

That statement makes it sound like Vermont has sensibly sited wind power in the past. If that is the case, then why are there multiple dockets open due to noise complaints around the existing sites? Why was a neighbor of a wind project told to take the developer to court over the fact that she has experienced a significant decline in her quality of life due to the wind project?

Instead of just doing renewables for the sake of doing them, how about we try to work together with the towns and neighbors and do them right? Start off by updating the out-dated noise standards. NH just spent over a year working on their Industrial Wind noise standard. Borrow theirs to start with. If that takes 'an important renewable energy technology off the table', then it wasn't sited properly to begin with.

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Posted by Christine on 06/06/2016 at 4:55 PM

Re: “House Takes Surprising Change of Direction in Renewable Siting Legislation

It is great to see that the House listened to actual citizens of Vermont and put measures into S.230 to protect any more Vermonters from being harmed by Industrial Wind Turbines.
I can't imagine a project wanting to put in bigger turbines closer to homes when there are issues with all the existing projects in Vermont. Why would anybody not want a standard that protects citizens?
Thank you to the house for standing up for the citizens. It was an incredible feeling as they went through the roll call vote and EVERY representative voted for the bill.
Now, we will see if the Senate will protect citizens also.

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Posted by Christine on 04/27/2016 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Dogged Pursuit: Can Sen. Chris Bray Solve Vermont's Siting Problem?

If supporters of wind truly welcomed the opportunity to debate sound issues, we wouldn't be here. Neighbors of wind projects would be able to sleep and infrasound would be measured and accounted for. Instead, neighbors are dismissed and called complainers and any attempt for citizens to discuss sound issues are met with walls of lawyers all dismissing anything points that are brought up.
Senator Bray has probably never been to a wind turbine site and most certainly has never tried to sleep in the proximity of wind turbines while they are running at full power. Vermonters have testified to the issues of living near Industrial Wind Turbines and our own Department of Public Service states that individuals near wind turbines experience a 'significant impairment of the quality of life'. How can that be ok?
We need our government to step up now and say it is not ok to impair the quality of life for our citizens and to do something about it. Fix what you have done so far and do not harm any more Vermonters.

9 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Christine on 03/31/2016 at 7:43 AM

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