A physician friend of mine was sitting at a wind educational forum in Asheville, NC, when he heard someone ask if there were concerns about low frequency noise and wind turbines. He heard a professor from Appalachian State University, Dennis Scanlin state “OH THAT IS JUST BOGUS!” That was it. He knew that was not true, and with that one statement, he called some people in WNC who had been dealing with the lies told by the wind industry, and together we started this group. I am a pharmacist in WNC. The interest in our group has been overwhelming.
We are Pharmacists, Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants who are concerned about the health issues and safety issues that are being reported by individuals and families who are living in close proximity to onshore commercial wind turbines and commercial wind plants. When we have attended educational wind forums that are presented by the wind industry, these concerns are dismissed and downplayed. Our research shows that this is not true and, in fact problems are being reported in multiple countries. We have found that it is extremely difficult to find the truth.
One of our biggest concerns is that once the people who are suffering are “bought out” by the wind industry, they are silenced by a wind industry enforced gag order. In other words the wind industry purchases their home or farm so that they may leave the location where the problems are occurring and they are forced to sign a document which prevents them from talking about what they experienced. We often hear the wind industry complain that there is not enough documentation of health problems. There is not enough documentation because the people are not allowed to speak! Why does the wind industry make you sign a gag order if there are no problems? Individuals are forced to sign because the wind industry does not want the public to know about how badly some of these people are suffering and how their lives have been devastated.
In the United States, commercial wind is trying to move in quickly to mountain communities, often catching them off guard or unaware. There is not enough time for the citizens in these areas to become educated and make a knowledgeable decision about whether they support commercial wind or not. Wind ordinances may be done hastily, and poorly. Just like in North Carolina, so called “Model Wind Ordinances” are developed by people who support and are funded by the wind industry. Obviously, these ordinances support commercial wind, and they do not support the people living close to or in the community of where the wind plant will be located