Dr. Swinbanks: Direct Experience of Low Frequency Noise and Infrasound within a Windfarm Community

[This paper was to be presented at the Glasgow International Meeting on Wind Turbine Noise last week, but Dr. Swinbanks was relegated to only presenting his poster. Typical of this whole wind fraud – silencing the voices that speak the truth. So let’s do our part and share Dr. Swinbanks report far and wide!!]

Direct Experience of Low Frequency Noise and Infrasound within a Windfarm Community

swinbanks6th International Meeting on Wind Turbine Noise
Glasgow 20-23 April 2015
M.A.Swinbanks, MAS Research Ltd
8 Pentlands Court, Cambridge CB4 1JN
E-mail: malcva@msn.com

Summary
The author first became aware of the adverse health problems associated with infrasound many years ago in 1974, when an aero-engine manufacturer approached him to consider the problems that office personnel were experiencing close to engine test facilities. He had been conducting research into the active control of sound, and the question was posed as to whether active sound control could be used to address this problem. At that time, this research was in its infancy, and the scale of the problem clearly lay outside practical implementation. Five years later, however, the author was asked to address a related problem associated with the low-frequency noise of a 15,000SHP ground-based gas-turbine compressor installation, having a 40 foot high, 10 foot diameter exhaust stack. This problem was of a more tractable scale, and the author and his colleagues successfully reduced the low-frequency noise of the installation by over 12dB. He subsequently was requested to address a similar installation of significantly greater size and power, again with accurately predicted results.

As a consequence of this and subsequent work, the author has gained considerable experience of the disturbing effects of low-frequency noise and infrasound. So when he first became aware of the nature of adverse health reports from windfarm residents, they were immediately recognisable as effects with which he had been familiar for as many as 35 years.

Since late 2009, the author has lived part-time within a Michigan community where wind turbines have been increasingly deployed. Consequently he has had significant interaction with residents whose lives and well-being have been damaged, and moreover has experienced the associated very severe effects directly, at first hand. His resultant perspective is thus based on both detailed theoretical analysis, and extensive personal, practical experience. Read full paper

38 thoughts on “Dr. Swinbanks: Direct Experience of Low Frequency Noise and Infrasound within a Windfarm Community

  1. How typical indeed, of an industry hellbent on sucking every ‘environmental protection’ dollar they can scam, from government & faux environmental NGOs, Large $Foundations, et al, while knowingly destroying people’s health, lives, communities, provinces, states, countries, oceans, total environments…….
    It’s obvious there’s no stopping this gov. enabled, encouraged, financed even, planet destroying invasion without physical confrontation. They’ve (this present Liberal prov. Gov. & JT, if God help us, he were elected PM. (Barf here.)) basically declared war on rural &/or any non Liberal supporting areas, having the gall to deny the proven harm done IWTs & calling us NIMBYS! Bastards from h!
    Stand strong in the protection of our homes & our/the environment of the planet, by starting or joining in, promoting nonviolent protests & blockades as required. Don’t let them begin. Stop them now or be forever destroyed, squashed like the bug, that Wynne & Trudeau et al, think you are.
    Note: nonviolence c/w large numbers are key to our successs. We must at least stop them until a PC gov is installed & IWTs are stopped forever.

  2. Douglas, listen to this extremely important, very recent podcast. It’s long but very very important to Huron County.Encourage everyone you know to listen to it and take action.

    http://devel.autopod.ca/chum/187/podcasts/

    Taking the action suggested by Liz Marshall regarding the ‘breech of trust’. It is an important step in the right direction.
    Your determination to get to the bottom of this debacle is admirable.

  3. Glasgow, April 21, 2015 Presentations

    Programme

    8:30, Michaud, Summary of the Results of Health Canada Study.

    9:10, Howe, Findings of the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on Wind Turbine Noise and Human Health.

    http://www.windturbinenoise.eu/?page_id=973

    Contents of these presentations not given.

    Howe has direct financial interests in wind turbine noise.

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    Broner Consulting, Melbourne, Australia

    Glasgow, 2015 Wind Turbine Noise Conference

    More support for” nocebo” effect.

    http://www.broner.consulting/wind-turbine-noise-2015-glasgow

    Opposition to the results of the Canadian Academies study was dropped. So this is one place in the world this study has already shown up.

  4. Edson Leader, Alberta, Nov.22, 2004

    “Wind power investment available”

    “One major Alberta company, which is 100 per cent behind the venture, is the engineering firm CH2M Hill.”

    Laptop computer sticker $16
    Desktop computer $30

    http://www.edsonleader.com/2004/11/22/wind-power-investment-available

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    CH2M Hill is also involved in the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Project.

    CH2M-Hill, Report, 2003/2004
    Sustainability Report

    P.16, Toronto Waterfront Project

    http://www.ch2mhill.com/corporate/sr/reports/CH2M-HILL-Sustainability-Report-2005.pdf

  5. Exposing people, who have been accustomed to ‘deep silence’ in a rural setting to infrasound/radiation must be declared a form of torture.
    Tell all who are responsible that this is ‘breech of trust’. Send them this article.

  6. The events that have taken place in Rome the last few days will likely make it more difficult to deal with the IWT “noise” issues.

    Makes climate change much easier to “sell” in urban areas and to convince people that renewable energy is necessary and that some will just have to pay the price to save the earth.

    One of the Wikileaks, about five years ago, revealed what was taking place and now has proven to be true.

    It’s OK to discuss all the issues as all rural Ontarians are part of this situation. Like it or not issues have to be faced up to.

      • Act On Climate March, Quebec City, April 11, 2015

        An Initiative of:

        Association quebecoise de lutte control la pollution atmosperique
        Eqiterre
        Environmental Defence Canada
        David Suzuki Foundation
        Greenpeace
        Nature Quebec
        Regroupment vigilance hydrocarbones Quebec

        http://www.actonclimate.ca

        Page bottom > Select > About

      • Current events!

        Update #1: The Pope’s Summit on Climate Change

        April 24, 2015 3:38 PM

        Climate Depot publisher Marc Morano will join scientific delegation in Rome to Present Skeptics’ Case to the Vatican.

        Morano: ‘Instead of entering into an invalid Marriage with climate fear promoters — a marriage that is destined for an annulment – Pope Francis should administer last rites to the promotion of man-made climate fears and their so-called solutions. This unholy alliance must be prevented.’

        ‘The Pope has been misled on climate science and his promotion of the UN agenda will only mean the poor will be the biggest victims of Climate Change policies — just as the global warming narrative has weakened.’

        Climate Depot publisher Marc Morano will be part of a high level skeptical delegation with the Heartland Institute, traveling to Rome to offer alternative voices to the Vatican and Pope Francis on global warming. The skeptical delegation will hold counter events during Pope Francis’ climate summit on April 28 at the Vatican. (See: Pope Francis to Host Major Summit on Climate Change)

        Morano will join skeptical scientists from NASA and elsewhere, to lay out a detailed case explaining why climate science does not justify the Vatican putting its faith in the work of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) or the UN climate agenda.
        http://www.climatedepot.com/2015/04/24/climate-skeptics-descend-on-vatican-will-attempt-to-influence-pope-on-global-warming/
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        Update #2
        Vatican Paper: Ditch Capitalism To Stop Global Warming

        April 28, 2015
        ‘[excerpt] Judging by what participants of the Vatican’s climate meeting wrote, the Papacy could come out hard against market economies that utilize fossil fuels for development. But given the authors of the document, it shouldn’t be surprising.

        One of the authors is economist Jeffrey Sachs who now heads up Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Sachs has been heavily backed by liberal philanthropist George Soros. Years ago, Soros donated $50 million to a project co-run by Sach’s nonprofit the Millennium Promise.

        http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/28/vatican-paper-ditch-capitalism-to-stop-global-warming/

      • You wouldn’t be suggesting follow the money?

        Faith-based groups need to be on board for Paris COP 21, 2015. Along with as many governmental units as possible.

      • Hey Barbara,
        I went to a private girls school – the nuns were fabulous!
        It was a rich education – and fun too.

        I am not suggesting anything.
        I am following a story – that is current;
        and we will see – if the road to Paris
        bears fruit – for the elite communists.
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        Election Year Canada – 2015
        October 19th – 2015
        Vote Conservative!

        Current Events!
        ‘[excerpt] “Francis will get a hearing on this issue that I think the previous popes, Benedict and John Paul II, did not have,” says Bruce Morrill, the Edward A. Malloy professor of Catholic studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, Tenn., who is also a Catholic priest.

        Indeed, on Monday, conservative groups held a press conference in Rome to denounce the pope’s stance on the environment.

        “You demean the office that you hold and you demean the church whom it is your sworn duty to protect and defend and advance,” said Christopher Monckton, a former adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and a devoted Catholic who has long been a leader climate skeptic movement. “Stand back and listen to both sides, and do not take sides in politics,” he said, according to The National Catholic Reporter.

        Pope Benedict, who was often called “the Green Pope” during his tenure, issued similar calls to protect the environment, though criticism was more muted for the staunchly theologically-conservative pope.’
        http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2015/0428/Pope-Francis-and-climate-change-why-Catholic-skeptics-are-so-alarmed-video

        Note:
        One thing for sure – I am not into Premier Social Justice
        and her Social Justice Agenda – to bring down the economy
        and start a fairer one……that’s green.

      • NATURE, April 27, 2015

        Vatican Convenes Major Climate-Change Meeting

        Roughly 20-25 individuals representing religions such as Protestant and Orthodox Christianity, Judaism, and Islam with a similar number of scientists attend.

        http://www.nature.com/news/vatican-convenes-major-climate-change-meeting-1.17422

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        NATURE, April 30, 2015

        Historic Vatican meeting urges action on climate change

        http://www.nature.com/news/historic-vatican-meeting-urges-action-on-climate-change-1.17431

        Some of the attendees are named in these NATURE articles.

      • Who were the Canadian & U.S. attendees at the Vatican conference on climate change?

        This kind of activity is known as consensus building.

      • Vatican Climate Change Meeting, April 27/28, 2015

        Known Organizers:

        Peter Raven, Missouri Botanical Garden, U.S.
        Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Scripts Institute, Calif.
        Pratha, Dasgupta, Cambridge Univ.UK

        From Nature, April 27, 2015

        No one with opposing views was invited to participate at the Vatican Climate Change meeting April, 2015.

      • Since the topic is the Vatican – and now your reference
        – to abuse
        I find it only fair – to say,

        If you are looking for the perfect church –
        whether it be Protestant Christian or Catholic Christian
        – you will not find it – it does not exist;
        and it has nothing to do with God.

        Got a question? – open a Bible
        it addresses – abuses
        in detail.

      • This is about politics and science and not abuse.

        Faith-based groups need to be on-board to get an agreement signed at COP 21. And the RC church is only one of the faith-based groups needed to get a consensus.

        Other denominations or their leaders had already signed onto the climate change agenda.

      • Hey Barbara,

        Now you’ve added a new twist:
        ‘politics and science’ – really?

        I thought it was about:
        Power – Money – Corruption

        and, we have evidence @ the local level of government;
        renewable energy aka wind turbines –
        and our local officials –
        say – they can do nothing
        except participate, and take the money.

        And you say – this is politics and science.
        You make it sound so – excellent!

      • It depends on how you want to define politics and science and who the involved people are.

    • What – the hell!
      @ the local level of [abuse]

      “Penetrated me in my bedroom.”
      “Shook me all night long.”
      “Gives me a thrill.”

      “I was asking for it.”
      “I liked it.”

      You buy that?

      Meanwhile, victims continue to be rejected.

  7. Here is an update on our research, presented at the same conference, and also relegated to a poster.

    This text is posted at the following link:
    http://cmajblogs.com/health-canada-and-wind-turbines-too-little-too-late

    Our research paper has just been presented in Glasgow, Scotland. The citation is:
    J. Vanderkooy and R. Mann. “Measuring Wind Turbine Coherent Infrasound”. Wind Turbine Noise 2015, INCE/EUROPE, Monday 20th April to Thursday 23rd April 2015. Glasgow, Scotland.
    Link: http://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/~mannr/WTN2015.pdf

    I recently learned that Health Canada has collected extensive measurements of wind turbine noise, including infra sound, as well as wind turbine operational data,
    Link: https://www.wind-watch.org/documents/analysis-modeling-and-prediction-of-infrasound-and-low-frequency-noise-from-wind-turbine-installations/

    Repeated requests to Health Canada, either to work together, or to study the data independently, have been denied. Accordingly, I have filed the following “access to information” request, listed below.

    A-2015-00042: Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study. MG Acoustics was contracted by HC to study infra sound. Request all correspondence between HC and MG. Also request all raw data collected by MG for this contract. This includes all microphone, microbarometer, vibration, weather station, and turbine operational data (turbine orientation, RPM, power output, wind speed at turbine, etc). Note: Informal request made to David Michaud (March 2, 2015), redirected to Stephen Bly (March 9, 2015), and ultimately rejected by Stephen Bly (March 24, 2015)

    Richard Mann
    Associate Professor (Computer Science)
    University of Waterloo

  8. Nature Quebec

    Supporters include:

    Rio Tinto
    Environment Canada
    Nature Canada
    Nature Conservancy Canada
    Bird Studies Canada
    Greenpeace
    Pew Foundation
    Climate Action Network

    http://www.naturequebec.org

    Can use translate this page.

  9. Dear Moderator: This is a repeat of a comment awaiting moderation (due to links)?

    I recently learned that Health Canada has collected extensive measurements of wind turbine noise, including infra sound, as well as wind turbine operational data,
    www DOT wind-watch DOT org/documents/analysis-modeling-and-prediction-of-infrasound-and-low-frequency-noise-from-wind-turbine-installations/

    Repeated requests to Health Canada, either to work together, or to study the data independently, have been denied. Accordingly, I have filed the following “access to information” request, listed below.

    A-2015-00042: Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study. MG Acoustics was contracted by HC to study infra sound. Request all correspondence between HC and MG. Also request all raw data collected by MG for this contract. This includes all microphone, microbarometer, vibration, weather station, and turbine operational data (turbine orientation, RPM, power output, wind speed at turbine, etc). Note: Informal request made to David Michaud (March 2, 2015), redirected to Stephen Bly (March 9, 2015), and ultimately rejected by Stephen Bly (March 24, 2015)

    Richard Mann
    Associate Professor (Computer Science)
    University of Waterloo

  10. My comment above is also posted on the Canadian Medical Association Journal discussion forum:

    cmajblogs DOT com/health-canada-and-wind-turbines-too-little-too-late

    Health Canada and Wind Turbines: Too little too late?
    CMAJ • November 28, 2014 • 22 Comments

    Carmen Krogh, BScPharm (retired), is a peer reviewed IWT health researcher and former Director of Publications and Editor-in-Chief of the CPS.

    R Y McMurtry is Professor Emeritus (Surgery) of Western University (formerly University of Western Ontario). Dr. McMurtry was also an ADM at Health Canada 2000-02

  11. Thanks for this Richard. The Canadian Medical Association blog is so affirming for people who are struggling to understand what is happening to residents in communities where turbines have been placed too close to peoples’ homes.

  12. What elite communists think!

    And they want the Pope – to lobby for them………hahahahahahahahaha!
    Again – hahahahahahahahahahah!
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    Paris, December 2015, the 21st UN Climate Conference

    The Roadmap towards a successful Climate Agreement 2015

    The beginning of the end for fossil fuels and nukes, rapid scaling up of renewable energy, and ending deforestation

    November 2013
    It is now virtually certain that human influence has warmed the global climate system.

    This is the conclusion of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),
    published in its most recent report in September 2013. The debate about the human
    influence on the climate is over.

    Climate change is happening

    right now.
    http://www.greenpeace.org/international/Global/international/briefings/climate/COP19/Greenpeace-Road-to-Paris.pdf

    You’ve been briefed!

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    Oh yeah!
    I was just thinking – if the Liberals win in the Federal Election
    – what ‘Green’ Mayors/Council Members (past included) are positioned
    for a promotion?

    Firstly – what Mayors went to Communist China – and signed a
    Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) – with communist officials,
    and then stopped talking about it?
    MOU – for what?

    Were these mayors – hand picked
    and why them?

  13. The Vatican Climate Change meeting in late April 2015 was a staged affair.

    Why was this allowed to happen? No climate change dissenters were allowed to participate.

    The Pope is scheduled to address The UN General Assembly and a joint session of U.S. Congress this coming September. The answer will be known then.

  14. Let’s see:
    The United Nations lacks credible management – and has outlived
    it’s original purpose.

    The Pope is head of the Roman Catholic Church;
    and really stays out of U.N. affairs.

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is Not a Scientific Organization;
    it’s a Political Lobbying Group; and –
    sex scandal riddled……climategate etc……and running out of steam [after 21years]

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    Nevertheless it has morphed into – the ‘privatized Climate Commission’ –
    where corrupt governments
    scoop up ‘climate matters’ – to impose on their citizens;
    and this makes them sound – credible
    in all matters – climate;
    it’s always about the money and favours!

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    Agenda 21 aka Smart Growth aka Kyoto Protocol aka Sustainable Development:

    The ‘green’ Agenda – loved by Ontario Mayors and council members;
    and they can do nothing except support the corruption;
    and participate in the corruption – and promote the corruption……
    @ least in my opinion – but there is plenty of evidence
    in support my opinion.

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    Lastly, the Pope – to visit – The Congress of the United States in September.
    Republicans hold the House and Senate;
    and lots of Catholics in Congress!

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    The United Nations are encouraging the Pope to become a
    ‘Political Lobbyist’ – because the IPCC Political Lobbying Group
    …….lacks compassion.
    It’s for the ‘community’ feeling!

    Vested ‘green’ interest groups – will have to be baptized, and become Catholic.
    Hahahahahahahahaha……….Hahahahahahahaha

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    p.s. Climate Change Skeptics received worldwide publicity;
    mission accomplished.

    Questions?
    Want to know about ‘money’ and ‘influence’?

  15. Infrasound is a big problem with the smart meter roll out. People are suffering from “Smart Grid Syndrome”, noise pollution being one of the major issues. This problem impacts the entire population exposed to the Grid.

    http://www.sandaura.wordpress.com

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