If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.
EMILE ZOLA

Ten years too late, it’s good riddance to wind farms – one of the most dangerous delusions of our age

Christopher Booker UK

"I have been following this (wind turbine) extraordinary story for ten years ever since, in 2002, I first began looking carefully at what really lay behind this deceptive obsession with the charms of wind power. It didn’t take me long, talking to experts and reading up on the technical facts, to see that the fashionable enthusiasm for wind energy was based on a colossal illusion. I first warned about what I called ‘the greatest mistake in our history’ in an article in the Mail almost ten years ago.
I described the claim that it would be the answer to all our future energy problems as a catastrophic failure of judgment. I feared that windpower was stupendously inefficient and ludicrously expensive and that by falling for the greatest energy hoax of our time, the Labour government could be consigning Britain to a very dark future. So unreliable are wind turbines — thanks to the wind’s constant vagaries — that they are one of the most inefficient means of producing electricity ever devised."


"The erection of a wind turbine creates apprehension in the general public, which makes the property less desirable and thus diminishes the prices of neighbouring property...” “Continuing scientific uncertainty over the adverse health consequences of wind turbines only serves to perpetuate the debilitating effect of wind turbines on property prices.”
Ben Lansink, Appraiser

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Legals

November 01, 2012

John Spears Business Reporter

http://www.thestar.com

Another group of Ontario landowners has filed a  lawsuit against a wind power project in the escalating legal skirmishing over renewable energy.

The latest action – against the East Lake St. Clair wind project near Wallaceburg – is the 10th that his firm is working on, according to lawyer Eric Gillespie, who filed the claim.

Like several previous actions by residents living near wind developments, the suit claims damages from not… Continue reading

August 12, 2012

http://ontario-wind-resistance.org

Shawn and Tricia Drennan are landowners facing a pending windfarm project known as Kingsbridge II.  Kingsbridge II will consist of upwards of 150 turbines one of which will be as close as approximately 650 meters from their home. Twelve more turbines will be located within the surrounding two kilometers. After learning that eleven families living amongst two different wind projects (one located in their neighbouring township) had their homes purchased by wind companies, the Drennans… Continue reading

November 28, 2012

From the National Observer, via the GWPF

http://tallbloke.wordpress.com

Last month, 60 residents of New York’s Herkimer County filed a lawsuit in Albany that provides yet another example of the growing backlash against the wind-energy sector. It also exposes the double standard that exists in both the mainstream media and among environmental groups when it comes to “green” energy.

The main defendant in the lawsuit is the Spanish electric utility Iberdrola, which is the second-largest wind-energy operator in… Continue reading

11/26/2012

By: Andrew Sorensen

http://centralny.ynn.com

People in two Herkimer County towns are getting their feathers ruffled over wind power. They’re both headed into court hoping to get their way, but, as YNN’s Andrew Sorensen tells us, they couldn’t be more different in the way they see the future of wind power in the county.

FAIRFIELD, N.Y.– When Andrew McEvoy started his alpaca wool business, he found the picturesque farmland of Herkimer County to be a perfect spot for his… Continue reading

09/25/2012

Goldhawk Fights Back: Farmers Shawn and Tricia Drennan are trying to get an injunction to delay a giant wind farm near their land in the Bruce Peninsula. Their lawyer Julian Falconer explains how he will argue their case in court.

 

March 27, 2009

by Attorney Peter Kelly for the families of Mars Hill, Maine

http://www.windaction.org/documents/22650

 

Summary

On March 27, 2009, the residents of Mars Hill living within 3600 feet of First Wind’s wind energy facility filed a civil complaint in Maine Superior Court seeking relief from the “significant harm” caused by the First Wind and others by the construction and operation of the site.

 

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November 12, 2012

http://cphpost.dk/news/national/wind-turbine-compensation-stirring-discontent

People living next to wind turbines say that their compensation does not reflect the actual value of their property losses. Better than nothing, politicians counter A pretty sight for the Energy Ministry, but an eyesore – and now a pain in the wallet – homeowners say (Photo: Colourbox)

An evaluation of the 551 compensation payments made to people living next to wind turbines indicates that the average amount was 57,000 kroner per household. Estate agents say… Continue reading

November 1st, 2012

JOHN MINER | QMI AGENCY

http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/canada/archives/2012/11/20121101-183119.html

 

LONDON, ON — The war over Ontario wind turbines is shifting from the political arena to the courts, to a battle between Big Wind and landowners concerned about property values.

Toronto lawyer Eric Gillespie said he has lawsuits in the works from 10 different parts of Ontario and is in talks with at least three other groups.

“Currently, we have either filed claims or are about to file… Continue reading

Oct 4, 2011

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/10/03/toronto-windmills-property-values.html

Ontario’s wind power strategy will go under the microscope Tuesday in eastern Ontario in what could be a precedent-setting case over the impact wind farms have on local property values.

Edward and Gail Kenney, retired civil servants who have lived on Wolfe Island for 48 years, are appealing their property tax assessments, set at $357,000, arguing that the 86 wind turbines erected around their home have driven down their property values and should be acknowledged in… Continue reading

In its ruling, the board member wrote that, “The Board finds that the constant hum alleged by Mr. Thompson does exist and significantly reduces the current value of the subject property.”  They also said, “Having heard this nuisance, apparently sanctioned by the Municipality, the Board accepts Mr. Thompson’s testimony that the stigma of noise contamination has a negative impact on the value and marketability of the property, and that after learning of the hum, prospective… Continue reading