Michael Chambers — The Westerly Sun — April 26, 2013
On Friday, April 12, the Charlestown Citizens Alliance sponsored a presentation by Neil Andersen of Falmouth, Mass., on the effects of industrial-size wind turbines on people who live nearby. The following day, the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee sponsored a presentation by Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts on the national health care program. How ironic that these presentations would be scheduled for the same weekend following Judge Kristin E. Rodgers’ decision on the Whalerock Project. The irony did not slip past many of the town residents who are increasingly becoming more educated about the ill effects of wind turbines on nearby residents and the beneficial effects of a national health care program.
The presentation by Neil Anderson enumerated physical, psychological and social maladies experienced by some residents of Falmouth due to the infrasound and low frequency waves created by the spinning blades of the wind turbines. To name a few, these maladies include headaches, sleep problems, night terrors or learning disabilities in children, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), mood problems (irritability, anxiety), concentration and memory problems, and issues with equilibrium, dizziness and nausea.
Commonly referred to as wind turbine syndrome, these symptoms are real and widespread, possibly due to the interrelationship of infrasound and local topography. Many people living within 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) of these spinning giants get sick, so sick that they often abandon (as in, lock the door and leave) their homes. Nobody wants to buy their acoustically toxic homes. The “lucky ones” get quietly bought out by the wind developers, who steadfastly refuse to acknowledge that wind turbine syndrome exists. And yet, the wind developers thoughtfully include a confidentiality clause in the sales agreement, forbidding their victim from discussing the matter further. (Nina Pierpont, MD, PhD.) Continue reading, here…