“One-third of the dairy herd died since the turbines began operation” (Wisconsin)

Sep 2, 2011



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—Sandra Johnson, Greenleaf, Wisconsin, in Madison.com (9/2/11)

What if siting massive 50-story industrial wind turbines close to peoples’ homes harms them, kills animals and disrupts lives?

All of this has happened to several families in southern Brown County, Wisconsin.

One couple tried to live with the six 50-story turbines west of their property, but she [the wife] had migraine headaches after the turbines went online in December 2010. They could not adjust to the low frequency noise emitted by the giant machines. My husband and I were invited to visit their home in April after they left to stay with their daughter. We all wondered if the swallows would return in May to their mud nests in the barn. They did not.

Recently, I learned of another farm family in the shadow of wind turbines who were having similar health problems. Their three children are now living with their grandparents, where their headaches have subsided. One-third of this farmer’s dairy herd have died since the turbines began operation. An autopsy of a calf showed no infectious cause for its death.

What now? For the past 20 months, I and my neighbors have written letters, paid for billboards and testified at hearings appealing to our representatives and State Board of Health for a moratorium until epidemiological studies can be done in Wisconsin wind projects to find the answers needed to help these families and others like them.

We are all still waiting.


  1. Comment by sue Hobart on 09/03/2011 at 10:14 am

    When will this end… this is the next big scam… where are all the good lawyers … there must be someone out there to dig into this.

    With Government grants to count any and everything on the planet where do the people really stand?

    All we can do is keep saying it and pray to God common sense becomes a recognizable value again… but it seems there’s none in this world right now.
    Common Sense
    Thomas Paine, American revolutionary and patriot

  2. Comment by Frank Haggerty on 09/03/2011 at 10:53 am

    There is a clip in the “Life Under a Windplant” video by Jon Boone of Maryland that describes how animals heard the low-pitched hum of the gears turning inside these turbines. Many hunters describe how the deer move miles away from the wind turbines.

    If the animals move away from the turbines, you have to ask why the residents of Falmouth, Massachusetts, are being asked to live under the wind blades 24/7?

    Here is a quote from, I believe, Jon Boone, “Industrial wind is a bunco scheme of enormous consequence. And people who value intellectual honesty should not quietly be fleeced by such mendacity, even from their government.”
    Jon Boone
    Jon Boone, PhD

  3. Comment by Mtumba on 09/03/2011 at 12:23 pm

    I’d modify Boone’s comment only slightly to say “people who value their health and intellectual honesty should not permit themselves to be quietly fleeced by such mendacity, particularly from their government.”

    We pretend to live in a democracy. We must hold accountable our arrogant, PC, self-imagined “intellectual” elite.

  4. Comment by ken brownell on 09/04/2011 at 8:33 am

    We are fighting these here in rural Ontario. No one wants to listen, as Samsung and other companies pay big money to jam them down our throats. The political get rich while we little people pay.

    Our Ontario political leader (read “dictator”) took away our democratic local goverment rights to have any say about installations. Under the name of the Green ENERGY Act they can now put them anywhere they want and as many as they want.

    How’s that?
    Screwed by Big Wind 2

  5. Comment by Libby on 09/06/2011 at 2:27 pm

    Does anybody know if the dairy herd in question is the same herd that was chronicled in the Wisconsin Wind video? The dairy farmer in question did not lease his land to the wind farm, but he was surrounded by turbines and there were a number of cows that died of cancer, they suspected sources of stray voltage affecting those cows. Do you know who the farmer is? I would like to take a trip to Wisconsin and check this out. My local neighbors, all wanting turbines on their land (which surrounds my home, horses, and cats) are very pro wind. For the time being, our ordinance is blocking the wind “farm” but I fear the state legislature could invent a new law to satisfy the wind lobbies. This could happen at any time. I also don’t quite trust our governor, he is pro big corporations all the way and small citizens seem to be getting screwed, left and right.

  6. Comment by preston mcclanahan on 09/06/2011 at 2:48 pm

    Its unfortunate that many people in Massachusetts are not focused on informing the general public about BIG WIND. The people in opposition here are aiming to influence the elected officials of all stripes, those who get their marching orders from their electorate. That’s OK up to a point. The other side, of this equally important DISSENT, is to educate the electorate. And, to do so without entrenching our opposition, we still must ‘take the gloves off’ and DISSENT in no subtle, not so polite manner. This position accepts certain risks from a possible pro-wind backlash, the extent of which will vary.
    Western Massachusetts anti-winders need to buck up, inform John Doe while you collar the guys/gals on Beacon Hill. If spreading the facts around takes courage, use it, you must have courage. Other examples of DISSENT are many from Oregon to Ontario to Denmark, check ithem out on this invaluable website of Calvin Martin & Nina Pierpont’s.

  7. Comment by Kerry B. Kenney on 09/12/2011 at 2:56 pm

    http://www.concernedcitizensofboonecounty.org are now an LLC fighting a giant Chinese wind turbine company being fronted by a company called Mainstream renewable out of Dublin Ireland. The company filed for incorporation in Delaware where you do not have to disclose who you really are. They are now attempting to put up 500 foot wind turbines in Boone and Winnebago Counties in Illinois. I really hope people will look to scale when it comes to 500 foot, you will be astounded.

    We have a ton of national and international information on these monsters and they do not do anybody any good. There is no positive results that come out of puttling 400 to 500 foot wind turbines in. They do not save energy, and they are the most expensive way to produce energy.

    So who do we have to depend on when it comes to fighting atrocities? Ourselves! We need to band together for the good of this country.

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