On Wednesday's GFB: David Braga

Mar 05, 2013

By Dale Goldhawk

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11:15am ET | Selectman David Braga, Cape Cod
12:15pm ET | Rick Dubin, VP of Investigations, Insurance Bureau of Canada

GUEST – Selectman David Braga, Cape Cod


INFO – Cape Cod community considers taking down $10 million wind turbines three years after illness, noise complaints

A Cape Cod community complaining of illness and noise from two wind turbines is one step closer to tearing them down just three years after their $10 million installation.

Since the first green-energy wind turbine went up in 2010 the town of Falmouth has received complaints of health effects, noise complaints and even diminished property values from its residents.

Neil Andersen, who lives with his wife just a quarter of a mile from one of the turbines, says that when just one of the 134-foot blades spin he feels its pulse throughout his entire body.

‘Every time the blade has a downward motion it gives off a tremendous energy, gives off a pulse,’ the 20-year Falmouth resident told Fox News.

‘And that pulse, it gets into your tubular organs, chest cavity, mimics a heartbeat, gives you headaches. It’s extremely disturbing and it gets to the point where you have to leave.’

Mr Andersen is not alone.

An eight month report into the turbines found at least 47 residents – of approximately 11,000 – suffering from sleep deprivation, stress, mental health problems, hearing and cognitive difficulties in result of the turbines.

The 1.65-megawatt turbines, built to produce green energy and savings, are now running on a limited schedule from 7am to 7pm to appease residents but in effect putting the town at a financial loss.

Adding to their loss, town officials say tearing them down would cost an estimated $5 million to $15 million more.

‘You can’t put a monetary value on people’s health and that’s what’s happened here. A lot of people are sick because of these,’ Selectman David Braga told Fox after unanimously voting among five selectmen this week to remove them.

‘We think it’s the right thing to do, absolutely,’ he said of the effort which has sparked outrage among other community members as well.

‘You can’t put a monetary value on people’s health and that’s what’s happened here. A lot of people are sick because of these’

That includes Falmouth Planning Board member Richard Latimer.

‘To take turbines that we put up, perhaps foolishly, spend additional money to take them down and end up with nothing is folly,’ said Mr Latimer at a public hearing late last month over the turbines, according to Cape Cod Online.

Falmouth was given renewable energy credits to build the turbines as well as advice from state level energy officials.

‘I feel the state is responsible because they were really pushing for more wind power,’ Mr Braga said.

‘They certainly have been involved and have a tremendous stake in this process,’ said Assistant Town Manager Heather Harper to Fox.

If the turbines are removed it would be the first time ever done so quickly in the U.S. –  www.foxnews.com

GUEST – Rick Dubin, VP of Investigations, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC)

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