David, we are talking about people who have been driven from their homes because of the known health damaging effects of low frequency noise pollution and then silenced. (put in Toora and Trish Godfrey into our search bar and learn what happened at Toora and to Trish Godfrey).
With respect to the EPA, why would the SA EPA choose to put their monitor underneath a very big gum tree, to falsely inflate the background noise levels? The ONLY reason is to deliberately deceive people as to the true background noise level, so they can say that the development is compliant, when in fact it is not.
Why would the SA EPA refuse the offer of an international team of acousticians to come and measure at the same time as the on off testing was conducted? Could it be because they are trying to hide what is actually going on?
Follow the money, David, follow the money.
Whoever breaks this story will certainly get a Walkley, and it is only a matter of time.
Think RECS fraud, which at Waubra alone amounts to $100 million already and climbing. Have a look at this, (http://waubrafoundation.org.au/resources/waubra-wind-farm-ministerial-briefing-non-compliance/
) and think about why a liberal minister in Victoria might be ignoring his own departmental staffer’s advice to act to address the ongoing non compliance issues at Waubra, instead allowing a foreign wind developer to collect renewable energy certificates from a wind development which has never been compliant (against the commonwealth law)…. What is going on here? What precisely is the Clean energy regulator regulating….. clearly not whether or not wind developments are fraudulently receiving RECS on non compliant wind developments. Your colleague Jon Faine interviewed Senator John Madigan about this issue this week in Melbourne.
The Waubra RECS fraud is the tip of the iceberg.
And please, desist from referring to the Waubra Foundation as an anti wind group. It is false and misleading and the ABC do it all the time.
We are PRO Health, and PRO research, and all we want to see is the research done, by independent others who have specific expertise in those disciplines of sleep and acoustics particularly. We also want to see safer noise pollution regulations for ALL industrial low frequency noise polluting facilities, along the lines of the Kelley recommendations from thirty years ago, until research improves them further.
We help any individual group as best we can with very limited financial resources, but it is truly a David and Goliath battle. Which you and your colleagues make even harder by not doing your jobs properly.
And if you think you and your colleagues at the ABC are not direct part of the problem, have a think about what perpetrators of abuse do to avoid being held accountable. They lie. Very convincingly. Just like manufacturers of harmful products, who know about the harm but lie about it eg James Hardie directors, Big Tobacco companies, and the manufacturers of Thalidomide…. for years.
What have the wind industry and the wind turbine manufacturers been doing for years? Lying about their knowledge of the adverse health impacts, which were known and demonstrated nearly thirty years ago by Kelley and his team. As I said to you, but you chose not to broadcast, the noise pollution regulatory authorities (assisted by the wind industry) have never measured the very frequencies known to cause serious long term adverse health impacts. See here for more information: http://waubrafoundation.org.au/information/acousticians-noise-regulators/acoustic-field-surveys/
The ABC is very much part of perpetrating the ongoing abuse of rural citizens in this country, by the sort of blatantly biased reporting such as your program. If the ABC in particular had honest objective journalists who were capable of critical analysis and independent thought and an intellectual curiosity rather than a bunch of ideological groupthinkers, who ignore credible known science, this story would have been exposed a long time ago.
Expert evidence and documented harm was presented to the Tribunal members in the Cherry Tree case. It was effectively ignored, although the Tribunal members did acknowledge that some people experience adverse health effects. In the end, their comment about only x % of people affected at Macarthur was telling. So yes, there are adverse impacts, but “not enough people are affected”. What is a reasonable number of people to be driven mad by the noise or sleep deprivation? How many suicides will it take, I wonder? What is a reasonable number of people driven out of their home???
So too the following expert evidence by experienced Acoustician Les Huson. His evidence was ignored. http://waubrafoundation.org.au/resources/huson-l-expert-evidence-at-vcat-cherry-tree-hearing/
as were the witness statements and witness testimony of the sick residents from Macarthur who also testified. Please read them, and see what you think. The wind industry lawyer did not show them to be liars on the witness stand – he barely asked any of them any questions. Couldn’t wait to get them off the stand….
The following sharply critical letters by two leading internationally recognised researchers in this field relating to the Victorian Health department were also ignored:
Rural residents are “acceptable collateral damage” and there are simply not enough of them to warrant being concerned about them if they are driven out of their homes and driven mad by the noise.
And remember that noise and sleep deprivation are used as instruments of torture. Which is precisely what residents living near wind developments describe.
Journalists have an ethical and professional obligation which in the case of ABC journalists in particular will one day be exposed for being sadly lacking on this particular issue.
Sarah Laurie BMBS
PO Box 7112
Banyule VIC 3804