The Littlefield household woke up at about 3:30 a.m. this morning to the sound of the whomp, whomp, whomp produced by the Beaver Ridge Wind turbines. When we checked our weather forecast — via our handy desktop icon — we weren’t surprised to see that the wind direction was S/SW. Wind readings indicated a speed of 10 mph. We’ve noticed over the years that when the wind blows from the south the “party” happens on our side of the ridge.
I’ve seen many comments posted about visitors to wind farms who have said they were surprised at how quiet they were. Comments have been posted about visiting on windy days and on quiet ones. I could go on and on . . . But, let me tell you something . . . you are a visitor. You don’t live next door to them day in and day out. Visitors to these wind farms don’t experience all the noises produced by industrial wind turbines day after day, year after year. Those who do know what I mean when I say they can be extremely LOUD and extremely DISRUPTIVE.
Here at the Littlefield homestead we experience all kinds of noise coming from the Beaver Ridge Wind turbines:
– The typical whomp, whomp, whomp (sometimes it is loud enough that it sounds like a helicopter landing on our roof)
– A whomp whomp, whomp whomp, whomp whomp (think a fast double heart beat. We think it’s a combination of two turbines emanating noise together, but not quite synced up)
– A whomp, whoosh, whomp, whoosh, whomp, whoosh (not sure what causes this noise)
– A screech grinding noise, silence, a screech grinding noise, silence (something was very wrong with one of the turbines on a couple of occasions)
– A machinery type noise (sounds like someone is running heavy equipment somewhere just out of sight – it’s not a consistent sound like “the drone”)
– The drone (think a big airplane flying high over head, but never going anywhere)
I’m sure there are more, but I can’t think of them at the moment. Some noises we’ve only heard on one or two occasions and they’ve only lasted a few days or so. Whatever issues were going on with the turbines must have been fixed. On foggy mornings, when the wind is high and blowing from the south, it’s toxic here at the Littlefield homestead. I could rant on and on for hours, but I think you get the general idea of what I’m saying.
Side note: Too funny . .. . as I sit here writing this post our neighbor, who lives closer to the turbines then we do (approx. 1,500 ft), paid us a visit. He commented that the turbine noise is louder here than at his house this morning. Yay, us!
A while ago, I heard that some Freedom residents were complaining about the noise generated by the local store . . . I, myself, am not sure what noise they were referring to, but thing is: the store usually shuts down at 8:00 p.m. on week days and at 6:00 p.m. on Sundays. I’m not saying that these residents don’t have a valid complaint, they do. If the noise generated by the store is disruptive enough for them to voice an opinion about, then their expected quality of life is being compromised. Something should be done. Some type of resolution should be reached that will benefit all parties — maybe one already has — I haven’t heard about any complaints lately. Something I’d like to point out about the noise generated by the Beaver Ridge Wind turbines: This is a “business” that can run 24/7. Freedom residents have no control over when, and for how long, the noise will go on. Those of us afflicted by the noise generated by these turbines have no one to turn to — besides our town officials or the project owners, that is. I’m talking from personal experience when I say our complaints fall on deaf ears . . .
I am going to “squirrel” here for a second: We (the Littlefield’s) wrote a noise complaint to DEP a while ago and were told there was nothing DEP could do. It was advised we contact the owners of the wind farm. Yeah, there will be a post about this at some point.
And “squirrel!” again: Yes, testing was done at our location, as well as surrounding properties. We’ll get to that on another post.
I want to end this post — o.k. rant — by saying that one of the factors that went into the purchasing of our property, back in 2000, was the peace and serenity of the location. Since the erection of the Beaver Ridge Wind turbines — especially during the spring and fall seasons — these qualities are a distant memory.
“The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.” — Henry Beston