Vinalhaven in the News

August 3, 2011 – DEP challenged over Fox Islands Wind noise | Mainebiz – Opponents of a wind farm on Vinalhaven Island are challenging regulators’ recent order affirming the turbines’ compliance with noise regulations.

August 2, 2011 – Herald Gazette (Rockland) Vinalhaven residents ask court to vacate wind turbine decisionClaiming three successive Maine Department of Environmental Protection commissioners acted on political motivation, a group calling itself Fox Islands Wind Neighbors petitioned Kennebec County Superior Court on July 28, challenging Fox Islands Wind LLC’s compliance with a condition of its license.

July 30, 2011 –  Bangor Daily News: Group alleges political meddling in Vinalhaven wind project Several homeowners who live near a wind-energy facility on Vinalhaven are suing the state, alleging political appointees within the LePage administration interfered with a noise complaint case filed with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.


November 30, 2010 – Acoustic Ecology Institute – Vinalhaven, Falmouth community wind noise issues remain contentious
Two of the “hot button” wind farms of 2010 are headed into the new year with continuing local rancor, despite conciliatory talk from authorities in each town when neighbors began to raise noise issues a year ago.


October 5, 2010 – Tom Zeller, New York Times
For those near, the miserable hum of clean energy
Now, the Lindgrens, along with a dozen or so neighbors living less than a mile from the $15 million wind facility here, say the industrial whoosh-and-whoop of the 123-foot blades is making life in this otherwise tranquil corner of the island unbearable. They are among a small but growing number of families and homeowners across the country who say they have learned the hard way that wind power — a clean alternative to electricity from fossil fuels — is not without emissions of its own.


September 29, 2010 – Nick Sambides, Bangor Dailey News – Friends of Lincoln Lakes renews legal challenge to wind project
The Friends of Lincoln Lakes will renew its argument next month that a permit issued to the proposed $130 million Rollins Mountain wind project should be revoked due to claims that another project had exceeded state noise regulations, officials said Tuesday….The Friends group, Williams wrote, fears Rollins will have the same alleged violations of state noise regulations found at the three-turbine wind site on the midcoast island of Vinalhaven.


September 14, 2010 – Associated Press in Bangor Daily News – Fox Island Wind CEO: No easy resolution to wind turbine noise
Baker says it’ll be a difficult issue to resolve. He told The Associated Press on Tuesday that slowing the turbine blades to lower the noise level by a couple of decibels may not make appease critics.


September 13, 2010 – Wind Farm Realities – Vinalhaven is Back Again
The wind project at Vinalhaven, Maine has been in the news periodically since the project went live in 2009. Unfortunately, its been for all the wrong reasons, mostly involving too much noisefrom the three turbines. The affected neighbors have their own web site, and have paid for their own noise study. In what should come as no surprise the noise levels are much above the Maine limits, and much above what was modeled.


September 12, 2010 – Bangor Daily News – Consultant: Vinalhaven turbines noise exceeds state limit
The three wind turbines that were designed to lower and stabilize the unpredictable electric bills of Vinalhaven and North Haven islands also have brought some sleepless nights to those who live closest to their giant blades and the noises they make.


September 9, 2010 – State of Maine finds Fox Island Wind Turbines in violation of noise standard
After months of data collection and analysis, the State of Maine agrees with the neighbors of the turbine farm on Vinalhaven: Fox Island Wind is in violation of state noise standard of 45 dba for nighttime operation.


September 9, 2010 – Industrial Wind Alert – Vinalhaven’s Fox Islands Wind exceeds noise limits


September 1, 2010 – SolarPowerWindEnergy.org – Could Wind Energy Be A Source for Noise Pollution — Increase in wind power projects near to densely populated areas has given rise to complain of homeowners who are more close to it about noise. Decibel standards have been set by state and local communities for highways, airports and wind project


August 30, 2010 – Boston Globe – Maine Wind Farm Not Soothing to All Ears by Brian MacQuarrie: Vinalhaven, Maine — Three white wind turbines, their 124-foot blades stretching 39 stories high, churn out more electricity than is used on this picturesque, pine-studded island off mid-coast Maine. Some residents call them objects of graceful art, others point to lower utility bills, and the environmentally conscious hail the benefits of clean energy.


August 27, 2010 – The Free Press – State Must Provide Some Relief to Neighbors of Wind Turbines, Editorial by Alan Farago: My home is 3,000 feet from the turbines, and my experience is contrary to all the assertions that were made during the permitting process a few years ago.


August, 20, 2010 – The Bangor Daily News – Grievances aired over wind turbines, by Heather Steeves: Residents expressed grievances about turbine noise at a Thursday meeting that allowed islanders to ask questions of two wind professionals who will be collecting noise data in an attempt to identify specific mechanical perpetrators.


August 12, 2010 – Free Press – Do You Hear What I Hear? Article by C. Parrish: Noise Controversy Over Vinalhaven Wind Turbines Amps Up


July, 22, 2010 – Free Press – Letter to the Editor, by Paul Josephson: Wind Power Problems on Vinalhaven: Are FIW and FIEC Trying to Emulate BP?
I am a historian of technology, who has spent the last 25 years studying what makes big technology less democratic than small technology. In spite of the fact that the electric wind mills have destroyed my Vinalhaven experience, I remain a supporter of wind power.


July 2010 – Fisherman’s Voice, What Works and for Whom,  Editorial by Sally Wylie:


April 29, 2010 – The Martha’s Vineyard Times, How the Wind Blows in Vinalhaven, with pertinent comments


March 10, 2010 – Fisherman’s Voice article DEP Questions Fox Island Wind’s Noise Study (Adobe PDF document).


March 1, 2010 – The Wall St Journal article entitled The Brewing Tempest Over Wind Power.


February 24, 2010 – WABI TV5 – Wind Power In Maine Part 1 & 2 Feb 24 & 25 (Microsoft Word document).


February 14, 2010 – Portland Press Herald – Can turbines, people coexist? Editorial by Addison Ames


Wind turbines generate noise complaints


January 29, 2010 – The Vermont Journal of Environmental Law article on the reaction to the noise from the wind turbines.


January 26, 2010 – Wind Power Soars, But So Do Complaints (Microsoft Word document).


January 24, 2010 – Tux Turkel’s article Turbines Turn Into Headache For Vinalhaven in the Portland Press Herald (Adobe PDF document).  Article with video can also be viewed on their site.


January 2010 – Downeast Magazine, Raging Wind Debate


December 21, 2009 – WindAction Editorial: Vinalhaven Speaks Out


December 2009 – WERU interview of Vinalhaven residents

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