April 29, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. — Huge wind turbines are dotting the landscape in New York and Massachusetts, producing megawatts of green energy. So why would people living near these giant windmills want them out?
While green energy has become a priority in many states, those who live with it in their backyard say it’s dangerous to their health and their farms.
“It sounds just like a prop jet outside the house,” says Keith Dillenbeck, his description of wind turbines defying many people’s picture of green energy.
Dillenbeck showed the NEWS CENTER around his dairy farm, one of the 37 wind turbines that make up the Hardscrabble Wind Power Project in Herkimer County looming in the distance.
He claims he regularly experiences disturbed sleep and headaches, but the negative impact extends to his cows as well. Dillenbeck says there is significant loss in milk production, attributing it to not only the noise, but sediment in the drinking water.