Fairhaven Wind Bylaw Redraft Offers Opportunities to Avoid Further Harm
Louise Barteau’s Op Ed is a call for townspeople in Fairhaven to protect themselves (Your View 1/4/13: Wind energy bylaw demands greater scrutiny). The harm they should avoid is from wind turbine audible and inaudible noise–which recently received scientific scrutiny in the Shirley WI Wind Farm study. Barteau finds inaction of town boards, and inadequate testing for noise. Her recommendation is that residents arm themselves with factual information and use the wind bylaws discussion as the opportunity to speak out.
If you are like me, and want better protections from your town government, a good start would be to attend the Monday, Jan. 7, Fairhaven Board of Health Meeting at the Fairhaven Town Hall at 6:30 p.m., where they will discuss the new draft of the wind energy bylaws. Oh — and read the reports by Cooper and the Wisconsin Four first. These reports are based on actual data, not the hypothetical models espoused by the developers and their employees. I am a great believer in fact-based science and independent investigation — aren’t you?