Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

January 30, 2012

Noise from wind turbines ruins people’s lives

 

I have lived in the Cross area of Mineral County for my entire life and have done so because of the peace and quiet of the area. 
However, over the past months, things have changed, and the reason is the windmills on the mountain across from my home. The windmills cause an extremely loud disturbance to the point of lying down at night to have a good nights sleep is impossible. 
I recently attended a Mineral County Commission meeting, hoping the commissioners could help the Cross residents with the noise from the windmills. 
The three commissioners showed no interest in helping with this problem. One in particular spoke to a relative and said, “You wanted the windmills, now live with them.” 
I personally did not want the windmills in the county. Prior to the approval of the windmill project, I do not remember hearing anything or reading reports concerning how much noise would be produced by the windmills. 
I can verify there is noise from the windmills, and it has ruined my way of life in my home and on my property. 
For those living near railroad tracks, there is the noise of passing trains By comparison, the noise from the windmills is like having a train come through the middle of my house for seven or eight hours straight 
On another comparison, the smell emitted by the former West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company was one to be tolerated. Those living in the Tri-Towns did tolerate the smell because the unpleasant odor from the company sent paychecks to many homes in the Tri-Towns. That odor provided a living for the families. 
What my family eats or our type of housing does not depend on Edison Mission, the owners of the Pinnacle Wind Farm, so there is no reason for me to tolerate the noise from the windmills. 

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