Cape Cod residents really feel the wind blow

A costly proposal in more ways than one, residents want wind turbines removed due to illness.

Cape Cod community considers taking down wind turbines after illness, noise | Fox News.

Two wind turbines towering above the Cape Cod community of Falmouth, Mass., were intended to produce green energy and savings — but they’ve created angst and division, and may now be removed at a high cost as neighbors complain of noise and illness.

“It gets to be jet-engine loud,” said Falmouth resident Neil Andersen. He and his wife Betsy live just a quarter mile from one of the turbines. They say the impact on their health has been devastating. They’re suffering headaches, dizziness and sleep deprivation and often seek to escape the property where they’ve lived for more than 20 years.

“Every time the blade has a downward motion it gives off a tremendous energy, gives off a pulse,” said Andersen. “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.”

I’m wondering if they are feeling the infrasound generated from these. That’s what it sounds like the resident is describing. Does anyone know of similar situations? Wind turbines are all over now. Is this illness real or just perceived to be from the turbines. References appreciated.

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  5 comments for “Cape Cod residents really feel the wind blow

  1. Chris Howard
    February 26, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    I’m guessing infrasound, but also a lot of “not in my backyard.” coupled with FOX News, which is notoriously biased against anything that doesn’t burn fossil fuels.

  2. AmSci
    February 26, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    I don’t understand why an article would just reprint statements from a non-expert. Clearly these things are not jet engine loud and the energy pulse (commonly referred to as ‘sound’ by people not trying to appear smart) is probably very weak a quarter mile away. If the noise is annoying, then I can appreciate the way that would lower a person’s quality of life. But, if you’re going to claim anything more than that, anecdotes aren’t going to cut it.

  3. Brian
    February 26, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    And baffles to scatter the sound waves are not a good idea why?

  4. February 27, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Well, I live on Martha’s Vineyard and I can see it from here. This is a fairly large turbine we’re talking about, it’s also in a pretty thickly populated area. I wouldn’t rush to judgement one way or the other. I don’t live next to it. For all we know, they are being bombarded with infrasound. I’ve seen some turbines here that are pretty quiet, and others that scream like a banshee sometimes.

  5. Rand
    February 27, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Hmm. I can see how nearby windmills could be an issue. The content noise (assumption: they are actually close enough to hear it and aren’t just making that bit up) could be stressful, like the annoying neighbor who’s dog never shuts up. (alternatively, it could be like the white-noise some people turn on a fan for to help them sleep) Also the constant flickering during those times where the sun was directly behind the windmill casting a shadow as the blades flickered by could be stress inducing.

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