Life next to industrial wind turbines is a living hell for all too many rural residents.
Practically incessant turbine-generated low-frequency noise and infra-sound drives neighbours nuts, preventing them from sleeping in – and otherwise enjoying the comforts of – their very own homes.
An Australian Court found long-term exposure to wind turbine noise to be a pathway to disease: Australian Court Finds Wind Turbine Noise Exposure a ‘Pathway to Disease’: Waubra Foundation Vindicated
And that decision only adds to the wind industry’s greatest fear that, one day soon, the unvarnished law will be applied in favour of their thousands of victims.
The common law tort of nuisance protects property rights by preventing the unreasonable interference with the use and enjoyment of land by, among other things, excessive noise: Judge finds case to answer in Falmouth Nuisance Claim
Wind power outfits alive to the risk of multi-million-dollar payouts bully and coerce neighbours into entering what are euphemistically called ‘good neighbour agreements’, by which the neighbour signs away every statutory and common law right that might protect them, in exchange for a paltry few thousand dollars a year: Wind Farm Neighbours Forced to Sign Away All Legal Rights in ‘Good Neighbour Agreements’
That Faustian ‘deal’ literally involves signing your life away.
The next line in the wind industry’s ‘defence’ to threats of legal action is to quietly purchase their victims properties, using bullet-proof gag clauses to shut them up, forevermore: Victorian Planning Department involved in Waubra Wind Farm Non-Compliance Cover Up
In the US, actions in nuisance pursued by neighbours have got as far as having the jury impaneled – only to be settled in a panic – before the plaintiffs got to put their stories of intolerable suffering at the hands of the wind industry to their peers: US Wind Farm Operator Settles to Shut Down Neighbours’ Dynamite Damages Case
The wind industry operates like a team of state-sanctioned thieves, destroying the value of neighbouring properties with complete impunity, if not active encouragement by governments and regulators: No Retreat & No Surrender: Wind Industry’s Victims Left Furious at Government Inaction
The farmers that do business with them fair no better: SA Farmers Paid $1 Million to Host 19 Turbines Tell Senate they “Would Never Do it Again” due to “Unbearable” Sleep-Destroying Noise
Wind power outfits pay peanuts to spear their turbines into the back paddocks of the gullible and the naïve. And pay absolutely nothing to gut the value of their neighbour’s land.
However, in that litigious land of the free and home of the brave, the US of A, courts are taking a different view.
Applying the long-standing rule that a man’s home is his castle, US Judges are bringing the hammer down in a growing list of cases, where the wind industry is finally being forced to properly compensate their victims for the very substantial losses suffered.