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Sen. Lasee: Responds to attack by wind special interest groups

If the members of WEBA (Wisconsin Energy Business Association) are being honest about their belief that wind turbines do not cause negative health effects, then I suppose I will have three very happy families in my district. The WEBA members can buy the homes these families have been forced to abandon at fair market value before the IWT's were built and move in or resell them for what they can get now.
13 Jul 2012

Wisconsin business group wants state senator to end ‘war on wind’

A Wisconsin state senator wants to reopen debate on the state’s years-long effort to establish uniform wind siting rules, and representatives from the renewable energy industry say they’ve had enough. ...Sen. Lasee, a Republican from De Pere, this week brought four people before the state’s Public Service Commission to discuss health problems they attribute to the Shirley Wind Farm in Brown County.
13 Jul 2012

Wind farm opponents face uphill battle

There are many cases where people living near large turbines have claimed to have suffered negative health effects due to their continuous operation. ...This week there was a small bit of hopeful news for those opposed to the wind farm concept when State Sen. Frank Lasee (R-DePere) suggested that the PUC adjust its rules and move future turbines further away from homes. He also suggests the state take a closer look the possible health impact of wind farms.
13 Jul 2012

Wind Association executive to state bureaucrats: 'delete these types of emails'

Written 14 months ago, the context of the email was what appears to have been a successful effort by government bureaucrats to derail a pending noise level reduction recommendation. The email advising state employees delete conversations was one of several emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act pertaining to the wind turbine noise level issue.
12 Jul 2012

Noisy wind turbines cause resident complaints; Borough officials cut operating time for turbines

Several noise violations from the borough's two power-generating wind turbines has led the Borough Council to shut the systems down between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. during the week. ...Borough officials received correspondence dated March 30 from the Ocean County Health Department indicating that a noise recording demonstrated violations of the state administrative code.
12 Jul 2012

The Big Wind Game Plan

We are requesting that the PSC, suspend the rules and reconvene a wind siting council that is not stacked with wind interests. A fair and unbiased commission, a commission that will follow State Statutes. PSC 128 was supposed to take the harmful effects of IWT's into account when they made their setback rules.
9 Jul 2012

Wind turbine opposition mounts; Brown County family tells of daughter's health problems

Because of health problems experienced by families like the Ashleys, state Sen. Frank Lasee, R-Ledgeview, is pressuring the Public Service Commission to change its rules for the construction of wind turbines. "This really is about our government not protecting our citizens," Lasee said Sunday during a news conference at Way-Morr County Park in Morrison, about five miles from wind turbines in Glenmore.
9 Jul 2012

Wind turbine health effects stirs up controversy

State Senator Frank Lasee hosted a news conference in which he detailed the health problems faced by three families who live in proximity to turbines. Lasee says these consistent health complaints include headaches, earaches, dizziness and nausea-all of which subsided after families moved out of the area of the turbines.
8 Jul 2012

A better path than wind

In short, ridgeline wind is extremely destructive relative to the energy it provides, it is not cost effective and likely will never be, it does not have good overall resource potential in this region, and there are much better alternatives that do have a good cost and resource outlook.
29 Jun 2012

Lake Wind opponents: Wind farm fight taken to Mason County board elections as turbines are built

Just as the legal system refused to side with the opponents, so did the elected officials in Mason County. The opposition energy is being put into trying to defeat at the polls this year six incumbent county commissioners who favored the wind farm development, Bergaila said while picketing in front of the chamber offices on U.S. 10 in Ludington.
28 Jun 2012

Wind plants: How loud is too loud?

"Neither the siting rules nor the sound prediction studies that have been performed in connection with wind energy applications in West Virginia sufficiently captures what the reality will likely be once a project is in operation, or how the sounds are heard at various reference points in the vicinity of the project."
28 Jun 2012

Quechan Tribe sues to halt construction of wind factory on sacred land

The tribe was so doubtful about the Pattern Energy survey of the site's cultural resources that it sent in its own experts with trained forensic dogs who did a quick and cursory survey and found an additional six burial/cremation sites, for a total of 12 cremation sites in this particular area, Escalanti says. The tribe still practices the sacred rite of cremation, as their tribal ancestors did before them, according to court documents. Escalanti says the tribe has asked to meet with the decision-makers.
23 Jun 2012

Pinnacle noise complaint dismissed

In a case that may well be be cited in the future by other wind farm owners calling for the dismissal of noise or other complaints associated with their projects, the PSC ruled that "the Commission does not retain the statutorily defined, continuing jurisdiction to address the issues raised by the Complainant." ... The Commission did note, however, that Braithwaite and others have recourse through the courts.
20 Jun 2012
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