Saturday, June 09, 2007

Turbines Linked to Vibro-acoustic Disease

Industrial wind turbines, infrasound and vibro-acoustic disease (VAD)

Documented in a press release dated May 31, 2007 from the Vibro-Acoustic Disease (VAD) research group in Portugal, people living in the shadow of industrial wind turbines have moved a step closer to understanding the nature of the Wind Turbine Syndrome many of them experience and complain about. Professor Mariana Alves-Pereira (an acoustical engineer) and Dr. Nuno Castelo Branco (a surgical pathologist) recently took numerous noise/vibration measurements within a Portuguese home surrounded by four (4) industrial wind turbines. The closest turbine is nearly 1000 feet (300 meters), from the affected home. The turbines have been operating since November 2006. The scientific report on this research will be formally presented at Internoise 2007, to be held on 28-31 August in Istanbul, Turkey.

These results scientifically demonstrate that windmills in the proximity of residential areas produce acoustical environments that can lead to the development of vibroacoustic disease (VAD) in the nearby home-dwellers.

Source: Industrial Wind Action Group

Friday, June 08, 2007

Shaffer Mountain Website

Follow developments surrounding Gamesa's construction plans for the Shaffer Mountain wind turbine installation at

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Gamesa to Host Shade Township Public Meeting

Town hall meeting to be held

Wind energy company Gamesa Energy USA will be hosting a town hall meeting in order to discuss local projects and the industry in general, representatives announced.

The public forum will be held on from 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 12 at the Shade High School gymnasium, in Cairnbrook, company spokesman Neil Simpkins said.

Gamesa officials will be on hand to provide information about wind energy, construction plans and renewable energy in general, he said.
They will also address public concerns about specific projects like the Shaffer Mountain Wind Farm, he said.

The 30-turbine wind farm, which is projected to extend through parts of Shade and Ogle townships in Somerset County and Napier Township in Bedford County has generated much media coverage in the last six months as several local organizations have been working to block it.

Daily American, 6 June 2007
HT: National Wind Watch