Documentary made about noise from local wind turbines

OBSERVER Photo by Natasha Matteliano The Arkwright wind turbines continue to cause a stir in the community.

ARKWRIGHT — Mark Twichell, appointed by the Arkwright Town Board as the voluntary noise monitor, has made a documentary about the noise coming from Arkwright’s wind turbines.

Twichell was appointed to the noise response position on March 9. The purpose of the position is to respond to noise complaints of the wind turbines in a timely manner. Ted Wightman, former town supervisor, said there are a series of steps that the town needs to perform for each noise test and that the board needed someone willing to dedicate the time to it.

The position is unpaid.

At a meeting in March, Wightman made a motion to appoint Twichell as the town’s noise response person. Councilman Chris Jackson seconded the motion, Chris Cannon recused himself from voting, and Larry Ball abstained. All others, including Lynn Bedford, Chris Jackson and Ted Wightman were in favor and the motion was carried.

Ever since, Twichell has been working on his documentary and responding to the noise complaints that come in. Only a few complaints were brought up, which Twichell explained in the video is because of the current lawsuit against the wind company in Arkwright.

More than 100 people in Arkwright and surrounding municipalities have filed a lawsuit against EDP Renewables on the fact that they no longer can enjoy the full use and value of their property, among other things such as negative health effects and devaluation of property.

“We knew going into this project that there was no way we were going to prove non-compliance,” Twichell said. “The reason for this project was to record wind turbine noise as it is experienced by the people.”

In the video, which is posted on YouTube called “Arkwright Monitors Wind Turbine Noise,” Twichell reveals some of what he’s learned as the volunteer sound monitor. It’s about 30 minutes long and reveals some information that explains how the wind company may jump through loopholes to keep their machines there, Twichell said.

“For as brief a time period as we’ve been able to do this, we have already shown how the wind turbine noise affects people in real life,” he said. “Opposed to how wind turbine noise is determined by the wind company. That game we can not win, but we can surely measure and record the sound that the people who go about their daily lives in the town are experiencing. That much we have been successful for.”


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