Man fights wind turbines with hunger strike (France)

Mar 27, 2014


hunger strike

Click here to read the story in French.  English translation is below.

Three questions to …

Paul Boultareau. A wind farm is to be built near his home at Grande-Lande, he believes he does not have all the information regarding this construction.  Since Monday, he has stopped eating.

Paul Boultareau, why this hunger strike?

» First, because it is a peaceful action, one to get the attention of government so as to set off a real debate on the merits, if any, of industrial wind turbines. E.g. what is their place in relation to other new energy sources? And what of their impact on the bocage countryside of our district, on health and on wildlife?

What are the answers you are looking for?

» I would like to understand the financial picture. First, what will be the cost of installing these wind turbines, then their operating costs, and the potential impact on the creation of new jobs in France. I would also like to know how long they will work, what they are to become at the end of the contracts obligating EDF to buy their electricity, and what is their expected output? I would also like to highlight how these contracts will affect the bills of electricity consumers in general and, finally, how these machines will benefit the citizen-consumer.

How will you proceed with your campaign?

» I had my last meal Sunday night, and since then I have consumed nothing but pure water. Thursday, I will set up my camper van in the village of Vritz, in front of the town hall. I will answer questions from the people who come to see me, and I hope this will lead to a real public debate, one which will present objectively all aspects of the proposal.


  1. Comment by Mark Duchamp on 03/27/2014 at 8:18 pm

    Years ago a French woman (Mrs Chovet) went on a hunger strike against a plan to put up wind turbines next to her home. The president of the French federation FED (against windfarms) talked her into giving up her strike. Here is his press release:

    Communiqué de presse : 4 octobre 2009 Eolien: Grève de la faim de Mme Fabienne CHOVET, Présidente de l’Association ADCPEM (Charente maritime)

    La Fédération Environnement Durable (FED) regrette cette initiative individuelle. En accord avec son bureau elle demande à Mme Chovet de ne pas mettre en danger sa santé et de s’alimenter à nouveau.

    La FED déplore que le programme éolien actuel, imposant contre leur volonté des éoliennes à des riverains conduise à de tels actes personnels désespérés

    Fédération Environnement Durable: J.L. Butré Président
    Contact: Michel Broncard V. Président tel: 06 23 80 71 93


    He may attempt to do likewise this time around.

  2. Comment by gail mair on 03/28/2014 at 1:42 am

    Catch 22: Hunger strike = health risk (voluntary, peaceful). Wind Turbine Syndrome = health risk (enforced, violent).

  3. Comment by michael fairneny on 03/28/2014 at 8:30 am

    If the “powers at be”(Gov. agencies, DEP, BOH, etc) really wanted to know how people felt about IWT’S (Industrial Wind Turbines)….don’t you think they should ask the people who are MOST impacted by them?…Like, the folks who are FORCED to LIVE under these ungodly monsters.

    Don’t you think if they really wanted to know what the effects are from living too close to IWT’S that they would fund some research…or get the info first hand….like…I’ll say this one more time…from the people who are FORCED to live under them…ASK ME…I’m one of them….and I tell you what it’s like …it is HELL!! I have headaches whenever I stay at home and my wife’s ears ring around the clock. It’s like living next to an airport and the planes never land…nor do they ever go away..yes, sometimes it’s a not quite as loud as others ….that’s when the wind hits your house before the Turbines…but…. when it is the other way around and the wind is coming off those Turbines toward you house…look out…Constant and unending bombardment…day and night…I’m about 1/2 mile away from the closest 340′ Turbine ( 1 of 19, called the Hoosac Wind Project) and this is my take on it.

    It turns your life upside down and you don’t know where to go…..where to go to get some sleep, where to go to get help, where to go to live or what to do next?? If you love your home like I did…your dream is Gone!

    My peaceful world of 29 years is GONE! My hope and desire for this to be a place of solitude for my grandkids and their grandkids is GONE. My thoughts of spending the rest of my days and having my ashes scattered in my own back yard are GONE. My right to the”pursuit of happiness” is GONE…because …HOW can I pursue happiness if I cannot feel my family is safe in their own home…This is how…I FEEL….about Industrial Wind Power…and I tell you…FIRSTHAND…IT IS NOT A GOOD PLACE TO BE!!…if you would like to learn more about IWT’S…or my world…go to…

    Thank You Paul……I hope someone will wake up !!

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