Leaked Draft Report: Wind Farms can Cause Significant Health Problems

www.weeklytimesnow.com.au   Australia

Wind farms can cause significant health problems for nearby residents, a draft report by specialist consultants says.
The leaked report, once completed, could potentially open the door to litigation by affected residents.

The finding is believed to be the first of its kind in Australia, although The Weekly Times understands a court case in the UK will also hear allegations of serious health impacts from residents near wind farms.

But the Victorian Government said research shows health issues associated with wind farms were “negligible”.

A report by specialist consultants, Noise Measurement Services, on the Waubra wind farm, northwest of Ballarat, said there was “a clear and definable marker for adverse health effects … due to stress after the wind farm started operation.”

The consultancy staff includes research scientists, doctors and psycho-acoustics specialists.

The document – a draft report seen by The Weekly Times – was prepared at the request of some local residents opposed to wind farms.

The report also criticised wind company Acciona for ignoring the concerns of residents.

“What is clear … is a duty of care on Acciona Energy to identify and abate the objectionable noise,” the report said.

“There is … remarkable agreement between the parties – residents, clinicians and acousticians – as to observable health effects from unwanted sound.”

Symptoms included sleep disturbance, headache, tinnitus, ear pressure, dizziness, vertigo, nausea, visual blurring and panic attacks.

The report also said the observable adverse health effects experienced by residents near the Waubra wind farm were “in conformance with recorded experiences of members of other communities affected by wind farms.”

Waubra farmer Noel Dean, who moved out of his house in May following chronic headaches and ear damage, said the Victorian Government was letting Acciona “hide behind a wall of money”.

Noise Measurement Services research scientist Bob Thorne would only say the draft report was “subject to change”.

A spokesman for the Victorian Government said “validated and peer-reviewed research consistently demonstrates that health issues associated with wind farms are negligible”.

Acciona group managing director Asia Pacific Brett Thomas raised questions about the report.

He said Acciona had no knowledge of the report’s purpose and had not been approached to provide material.

“Given the way in which the authors’ various opinions have been selectively released, it seems clear to us the material is not intended for use in any independent or expert context,” Mr Thomas said in a statement to The Weekly Times.

“Given this reality, it seems unreasonable to expect Acciona Energy to verify the existence of a longer document, let alone provide commentary.”

Leslie White
Weekly Times Now

6 thoughts on “Leaked Draft Report: Wind Farms can Cause Significant Health Problems

  1. The ugly “truth” behind the Wind Monsters is starting to raise it’s head and the Wind Industry and Politicians who back these people had better get their “ducks in a row”as they will be called out onto the carpet for their disgusting and some may say, “criminal” behaviour.

    2010 will be the year of the “backlash” ……

    We the People will have our day!

  2. I have just visited the Waubra area in Victoria, Australia, and I have a question to ask.

    Does anyone know if there have been any tests done on the environmental impact of burying hundreds of tonnes of concrete in the ground as footings/foundations to support wind towers?

    It seems to me that there is great potential for chemicals to leach out into the surrounding soil, and cause both health and agricultural problems, particularly in areas of high rainfall.

    If any chemical leaching from wind tower foundations was to take place in water catchment areas, surely this would have a significant affect on public health for those downstream of the wind farm.

    I’d be interested in knowing if there have been any proper scientific studies conducted into this matter.



  3. Hi Vlad

    As far as I know, there are no such studies anywhere. The enormous concrete foundations are one area that developers steer clear of in discussions.

    Groundwater is another issue that they don’t want to discuss.

  4. Vlad, I am glad you have raised the issue of ground and water contamination from the massive invasion by the concrete bases of turbines.

    I live on the Scarborough bluffs. A lot of erosion occurs here, and this is natural. Lately, I have been thinking about the effects of blasting the lake
    bed to bury the bases. This would be, of course, nothing but greed-generated insanity by any analysis. The effects on the structure of the erosion-prone bluffs would be – isn’t it obvious?- to promote faster erosion.

    Is there anything about the wind industry that is not both greed-driven and criminal? Clearly, the “best minds” and connected hearts are committed to non-harmful, true green ways.

  5. Every day when I look out the window at the turbine spinning 400 metres from my backdoor, I see all these vertical black lines on the white towers, near the top. They look like they’re a few feet long.

    Can’t figure out if it’s scuff marks from the blades hitting the towers, or, as someone pointed out to me – it’s’ probably oil leaking from the nacelle.

    Either way, it’s not good. If it is oil leaking out, I wonder how much hits the ground around the bases?

    I don’t know the exact figures, but I’ve heard there’s hundreds of gallons of oil in the top of these turbines. Makes sense – heavy steel spinning at hundreds of mph would take a lot of lubrication.

    Scary, isn’t it?

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