Wall of Pain #2: Wind Turbines and the “Inverse Condemnation” of Property

Mar 25, 2012

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“Mr. McCann has confirmed a 25-40 percent reduction is to be expected within two miles and that smaller reductions over a larger area should also be anticipated.”

The approval of wind energy projects within close proximity to occupied homes is tantamount to an inverse condemnation, or regulatory taking of private property rights, as the noise and impacts are in some respects a physical invasion, an easement in gross over neighboring properties, and the direct impacts reduce property values and the rights of nearby neighbors.”

Michael S. McCann, CRA
McCann Appraisal, LLC
Chicago, IL

Editor’s note:  We honor those who have experienced a 25-40 percent loss of property value from wind turbines sited nearby.  We also honor those who got zero cash for their “inversely condemned” homes, which they had to abandon owing to the physical invasion of infrasound and shadow flicker.  And, lastly, we honor those who were bought out by wind developers and then forced to sign a gag agreement, never to discuss the terms of this “regulatory taking” of their land and home.

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  1. Comment by Dr Sarah Laurie on 03/25/2012 at 4:10 pm

    Dear Calvin,

    Thank you for documenting these stories. It can no longer be denied by the wind developers globally that having wind turbines for neighbours detrimentally and directly affect both health and property values.

    Being unable to sell one’s property to escape the damaging health effects of the wind turbines, or being forced to accept a greatly reduced price for one’s home in order to escape both have detrimental and direct effects on health, because of the additional stress and distress this directly causes. For those who cannot sell, they literally are trapped in a home which is making them sick because of the effects of infrasound and low frequency noise, much as Rand and Ambrose have reported in their acoustic study in Falmouth. Both these scenarios (unable to sell or markedly reduced resale price) are reported and documented, by residents and by real estate agents.

    This is particularly cruel when it happens to people who are at or beyond retirement age, as they often cannot just “start again”. For most people, their home is their major capital asset.

    No one abandons their home without good reason.

    Dr Sarah Laurie, BMBS (Flinders)
    CEO Waubra Foundation

  2. Comment by Andreas Marciniak on 03/26/2012 at 1:56 am

    Being unable to sell one’s property to escape the damaging health effects of the wind turbines is only a part of the problem, I have had visitors getting ill in my Home only after being there for 1/2 hour,this old man(82years old) sat in my Kitchen holding his head with both of his hands, he said his head is exploding, this is worth then flying at 30,000 feet, I told my brother to take his friend back to his home as soon as he can (about 50-60 km away),this person will not came back to Waterloo to visit me or my brother again. I had my brother in law sleep over one night, at 1,30 am he wanted to go back to the City, I asked him why ? he had a headache so bad he found it hard to talk and the ringing in his Ears was so loud it was painful, he want come with me anymore not even to check up on my Home.
    So how can you sell a House, knowing that will happen to the new owner or his Families or his friend and may be there visitors.
    there is still people with a heart and Soul, I cant do it knowing all that.

  3. Comment by Johannes Karl Marciniak on 03/26/2012 at 5:44 am

    HI CALIN I AM ANDREAS’S BROTHER. YOU KMOW SOME OF MY STORY FROM HIM, I NOW LIVE ON TRAILER, NO POWER NO WATER NO BATHROOM/LAUNDRY.AND NOW WHEN I VISIT MY HOUSE I FEEL I’M PLAYING RUSHAN ROULETTE WITH MY LIFE. THANK YOU REGARDS JOHN [JOHANNES]

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