Monthly Archives: November 2013

Manchester Journal: Wind Forum explores concerns

Wind Forum explores concerns

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.

Peter Galbraith (D-Windham District) moderated a meeting held by Vermonters for a Clean Environment. This is the first of three meetings to explore wind turbines and their impact. The specific topic for Friday, November 22, 2014s meeting was noise and health, with acoustical engineer Stephen Ambrose as the main speaker, and citizens from the wind projects in Hoosac, MA and Groton, NH joining him in a panel conversation. Over 60 were in attendance. Please click on the links to the Manchester Journal’s report of this meeting.

“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 (Townshend, VT) on Friday (November 22, 2014) for a forum that attracted about 60 people for a discussion that focused largely on the noise and health impacts of industrial wind power.

“They would be basically parallel to the Windham Hill Road and therefore parallel to much of the settlement in Windham and certainly two of the villages close to that,” said state senator Peter Galbraith (D-Windham District). “It would then veer to the east to Townshend Road in Grafton and it would come into Townshend with sort of a direct impact on the Acton Hill area. Now this project, if it is built, would be the wind project that is in the most densely populated area of any wind project so far built in Vermont.”

Galbraith continued to say that within two miles there were 500 residences in the towns of Windham, Grafton, Townshend, Andover, Chester and Londonderry. Within three miles there would be 1,000 residences effected in the aforementioned towns as well as in Jamaica, he said.

Galbraith also touched on the potential of the projects to impact the value of not only various towns grand lists, but the value of individual homes – something that will be the subject of the next meeting of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, which is scheduled for January 17, 2014.

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The Phnom Penh Post: Big Brother is watching closely

Peter Galbraith is quoted in this article. Please go to The Phnom Penh Post to read the article.

As Peter Galbraith, a former US ambassador, wrote in The Guardian: “How serious is the invasion of privacy? The NSA can vacuum up huge quantities of data, but that does not mean it is useful.”

He added: “Most of us lead lives that are of no interest to any intelligence agency and, even for people of interest, most conversations and email are of no intelligence value.”

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