The Manchester Journal: Wind Forum Explores Concerns

Nov 25, 2013 No Comments by

Reposted from The Manchester Journal. By Brandon Canevari. November 25, 2013.

TOWNSHEND – Tears welled up in Larry Lorusso’s eyes and his voice began to crack as he spoke about the environmental impacts the Hoosac wind project has had since it first went online last year.

“My mountain was out back,” he said taking a moment to try to collect himself. “It was the enchanted forest. I loved going up there and [it was] a very beautiful place and I watched them wreck it little bit by little bit. So, I understand something was taken from us. Part of it is the noise, our peace and quiet.”

Lorusso was part of four person panel that met at the United Church of Christ on Friday for a forum that attracted about 60 people for a discussion that focused largely on the noise and health impacts of industrial wind power.

Iberdrola Renewables – which is headquartered in Spain – recently built two test towers (MET towers) in Windham and one in Grafton on land owned by the New Hampshire based Meadowsend Timberlands Limited. It is believed by some that the towers are precursors to an application for a large scale wind development project in Windham County – a view that Jeremy Turner the managing forester of Meadowsend Timberlands Limited is puzzled by.

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