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VCE’s Investigation into the Environmental Health of the Lowell Mountains with Industrial Wind Turbines – July 2016

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1.  The “wet” ponds are predominantly dry or are not holding the volume of water necessary to provide water quality treatment as required by the VT Stormwater Management Manual.  Further, it is highly probable that instead of flowing through the outlet structure, stormwater is simply passing through the rock berms bypassing the water quality and peak flow attenuation necessary.  This seepage is also highly likely causing the iron seeps to form (see below).



Stormwater ponds and level spreaders receive sedimentation that is regularly cleaned out and deposited uphill and seeded.


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2.  The iron seeps that are being found at the project perimeter, and specifically downslope of stormwater management features is being caused by stormwater or intercepted groundwater flowing over sulfide bearing rock and leaching out metals, and in particular iron. 


When this occurs, the seep is comprised of a low pH (acid) floc that will both smother vegetation, wetlands…

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The Arnstein ladder of citizen participation


Sherry R. Arnstein (1969). Journal of the American Institute of Planners, Volume 35, Issue 4, pages 216-224.

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Circle jerks of peer review

Frontiers in Public Health helpfully publishes the review information of its articles:

Chapman S, Joshi K and Fry L (2014). Fomenting sickness: nocebo priming of residents about expected wind turbine health harms. Front. Public Health 2:279. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2014.00279
Edited by:  Loren Knopper, Intrinsik Environmental Sciences, Canada [industry consultant, co-author of reviews denying health effects of wind turbine noise]
Reviewed by: 
Claire Lawrence, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom [co-author of papers blaming noise complaints from wind turbines on personality traits]
Jeffrey M. Ellenbogen, Johns Hopkins University, USA [co-author of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection review that attempted to minimize and dismiss health effects from wind turbines]

(And let’s not overlook the Conflict of Interest Statement: Simon Chapman provided and was remunerated for expert advice on psychogenic aspects of wind farm health complaints by lawyers acting for Infigen Energy in the Cherry Tree VCAT case described in this paper. Ketan Joshi is employed by Infigen Energy.)

Crichton F, Chapman S, Cundy T and Petrie KJ (2014). The link between health complaints and wind turbines: support for the nocebo expectations hypothesis. Front. Public Health 2:220. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2014.00220
Edited by:  Loren Knopper, Intrinsik Environmental Sciences Inc., Canada [industry consultant, co-author of reviews denying health effects of wind turbine noise and electromagnetic radiation]
Reviewed by: 
Robert G. Berger, Intrinsik Environmental Sciences Inc., Canada [industry consultant, co-author of review denying health effects of wind turbine noise]
James Rubin, King’s College London, UK [author of studies blaming electromagnetic sensitivity on psychological conditions]

(Conflict of Interest Statement: Simon Chapman has previously provided expert advice on psychogenic aspects of complaints about wind farm to lawyers acting for Infigen. Keith J. Petrie has previously provided expert evidence for the NZ Environment Court and the Canadian Environment Review Tribunal on psychological aspects of complaints about wind farm developments.)

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NextEra sues activist for use of “offending logo” and video

Sarnia-Lambton Independent

NextEra Energy has made good on its threat to sue a local anti-wind activist.

The company, which has several wind energy projects slated for Lambton and Middlesex Counties, is suing to stop the use of “offending logos.”

The company has filed a lawsuit in Toronto saying Esther Wrightman’s use of NextError and Next Terror on her websites Ontario Wind Resistance and the Middlesex Lambton Wind Concerns. Court documents say the use of the logos “is false” and is “likely to mislead the public as to the character” of NextEra.

The company takes issue with being linked to terror. “NextEra is operating in full compliance with the law…the defendant is aware or is reclessly indifferent to the fact that the term ‘terror’ and ‘terrorist’ is reserved or organizations with extreme and violent criminal aims,” the lawsuit says adding the terms are usually linked to organizations such as Al-Qaida and Hezbollah. “NextEra…

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