Letter to the editor: Falmouth turbine experience a warning to Prospect

I write this editorial to get across a simple but seemingly missed point regarding commercial wind turbines near homes. A point intentionally brushed aside by the energy company who will profit and through all the distractions printed per the proposal for a commercial wind turbine power plant in a residential neighborhood here in Prospect.

With all due respect to the extensive studies done by organizations funded by the energy companies, commercial wind turbines do have a huge negative impact on people who are unfortunate enough to live close by one, or two or maybe 18 of these giants.

Without getting into all the negative effects which are tritely being brushed aside by BNE, I point out the town of Falmouth Ma.  The neighborhood in Falmouth is a real life testimonial of the results of a rushed decision to install huge, commercial, wind turbines into a neighborhood. Falmouth is where the “rubber meets the road”.  This is the end result of the installation of wind turbines in neighborhoods, and it’s not a good result. Now, after the results are in, there is a moratorium on any future proposals in their area.

But it’s too late for our friends in this particular neighborhood and their situation was no different than ours was. Until we spoke out and questioned the proposal which was in the expedited petition process.

So my answer to anyone who is still not sure if the proposed wind turbines are a good or bad thing for people who are forced to live near them, find out about what the people of Falmouth are saying now that they live near these giants.

I met them.  I went to their neighborhood. I talked to them, looked into their faces and without any doubt, the installation of wind turbines has ruined their lives. And they cannot leave. They are stuck with their homes, inside their homes now.

And it will do exactly the same thing here. Do not believe that the reason the people of Falmouth are not happy is because they had a preconceived notion that that the wind turbines would be pleasant. Do not be fooled when told that the new and improved turbines we are getting are better and quieter than Falmouth’s.  The truth is simple. The turbines in Falmouth have not even been up a year. They are 80 feet smaller in height. How can BNE expect anyone to believe their disrespectful dismissal of a neighborhoods unfortunate plight and then blame it on the resident’s preconceived notions? Some of these people were for the turbines because they believed the twisted facts fed to them.  How does BNE expect us to believe that their proposed turbine for our neighborhood, a much larger turbine, will be less loud?

Please, I urge you – Get the facts for yourself.

Simply go to saveprospect.com and look at the overwhelming information and reports from real people for whom it’s too late, as they struggle to live near the turbines.  Or if you do not have access to the internet call us, come to our groups neighborhood meetings we have at Tim’s home.

Remember the people of Falmouth are not a study, a lab report, a market focus group, or any other systematically distorted group of information, prepared and created by those who look to make profits from the subsidized wind turbines.  No these are just regular working or retired people, in Cape Cod, who will be happy to tell you about their fractured lives since the turbines came into their lives.

It’s too late for them, but not for us.

Say no to the wind turbines. Get the facts for yourself from people who are living with this mistake now and forever. Do not fall for anymore snake oil type marketing schemes. Go to saveprospect.com and get involved before it is too late for you and your neighbors of Prospect CT.

John Hurley

Prospect CT.