BRISTOL — A coalition of anti-wind farm development groups from all six New England states drafted a letter late last week and sent it to New England governors attending a conference in Canada this weekend.
The letter, addressed “Communities to Governors and Premiers” at the 37th annual Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in La Malbaie, Quebec, on Sunday and Monday, is signed by hundreds of “victims” of wind power projects and groups opposing them.
It asks the governors to “fix wind’s problems before creating more,” citing claims of noise-related health problems from homeowners living near wind farms in New England, as well as potential environmental issues from wind farms, such as the effect on animals living near modern multiple-story wind turbines.
“We are asking (the governors) to take clear, compelling, and compassionate steps to solve the problems they have created by supporting the deployment of ‘big wind’ in our region,” said Windwise Massachusetts president Virginia Irvine.
“These projects are happening in no small part because of the legislative requirements and generous subsidies for developers pushed by governors and supported by elected officials. Those officials need to take responsibility for what has happened to individuals and communities as a result.”
The letter is said to be signed by physicians, a state poet laureate, victims of already-built big wind turbines, neighbors of areas threatened by big wind projects, groups grappling with wind energy development, and individuals from throughout New England.
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