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From China, For ARRA, Fairhaven Jump-starts Two-turbine Project

November 12, 2011

Fairhaven’s bike path extension is closed and tree clearing is underway to meet the deadline for federal ARRA subsidies that will help build the public-private industrial wind partnership project. Curt Brown reports on the shock residents of Fairhaven experienced when heavy equipment broke ground for the planned turbine project. His piece appeared in South Coast Today on 11/12/11.

Residents Frank Haggerty and Ken Pottel believed the two-turbine project was on hold, but the news report states the turbines are on their way from China. Did Fairhaven get a “Buy American” exemption to apply American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money to the project?

On Veteran’s Day, television reporter Liz Tufts filed her news story on WLNE-TV ABC 6 in Providence, RI.

Windwise Fairhaven has an excellent video on their Facebook page to inform town residents of what the project will mean for them.

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  1. November 14, 2011 1:35 pm

    Fairhaven Wind Turbine Omelet

    This Veterans Day contractors were clearing land on the public bike path behind the Fairhaven Waste Water Treatment Plant. The location is where a pitched legal battle has gone on for years by nearby residents. The battle lines appear to be drawn again even while the rest of country observed the holiday the wind turbine contractors march on.

    Safety issues took a back seat, no public notice about the construction, lack of a police detail, lack of any signs or permits while earth moving machines used the public bike path to throw trees and rocks hundreds of feet. They say you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet.

    Recently the Wind 1 turbine in Falmouth was shut down because it was making 50 residents ill from the human annoyance or harmonic frequency given off by that turbine .The Falmouth residents had been told the same thing : “you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet.” Many of the Falmouth residents had been living in their basements to escape the noise. The Falmouth Wind 1 turbine had originally be scheduled to be built in Fairhaven back in 2007 .

    As a musical instrument of war used for sound, the Scottish bag pipes were without equal, according to historians. The shrill and penetrating notes worked well in the roar and din of battle and pipes could be heard at distances up to 10 miles. Israeli police and army are importing and using a nauseating noise machine to avoid casualties among Palestinians. The noise doesn’t kill anyone it just makes them sick as in the case in Falmouth.

    The issues are an existing walking/bike trail, radio tower guide wires, high tension power lines to the existing radio shack, wetlands, marsh and the nearby wood elementary school not to mention the residential homes. The dangers of the turbines are the noise, shadow flicker or a strobe effect in area homes as the sun rises and sets, blade and ice throw and property devaluation around the turbines.

    The Town of Fairhaven voted for these two turbines over five years ago. If the residents had to vote again after the years long court battle over these two turbines and what happened in Falmouth to over fifty residents I think this would have a different outcome.

    How many eggs will they have to break in Fairhaven to make the wind turbine omelet? Those eggs are you and me the Jill and Joe home owners. The state of Massachusetts is in a mad rush to implement green energy policies, the state is creating a second class group of citizens through the poor siting of commercial wind turbines. Stop the turbines.

  2. Joanne Levesque permalink
    November 12, 2011 6:46 pm

    occupy fairhaven?

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