Petition Tag - windmills

1. Support a Land Act For Wales

Following the complete occupation of Wales by the Anglo Normans in 1282 - 4 and again, in the 1420's following the War of Independence led by the great Welsh Prince Owain Glyndwr, great areas of Welsh land was either taken by the English Crown or 'given' as rewards to English barons for fighting for England in the Welsh Wars.

Ironically this was repeated by the Tudors in the 16th, who were of 'Welsh Descent', One such example being the Dukes of Somerset being given Mynydd y Gwair and much else throughout Southern Wales. This Mountain is now the centre of a major local issue and national campaign as the Somerset Trust intends to establish a Wind Mill Plantation on it.

Apart from the above, much of Welsh land was common land - which meant that the peasantry had the right to build a smallholding on it as well as hunt and fish but, increasingly over the centuries and up to the present, the Gentry and incoming 'New Conquistadores, such as Iron and Slate Masters began to seize this Common Land by means of Enclosure Acts. The issue of Anglican Church ownership was very much addressed in the Welsh Tithe Wars of 1886 - 88 by a National Land League but there is still much unfinished business to be taken care of.

Today, the aforementioned land is still occupied by the English Crown and the descendents of the English barons and, increasingly, by outside 'Utiliy Companies as in the case of the Vyrnwy Estate, It is being extensively plundered of its natural resources, such as water and timber, and is being savagely destroyed by gigantic windfarms. It is our Welsh herital land and we want it returned to the communities and people of Wales through this Wales Land Act.

2. NO HEALTH-DESTROYING WIND TURBINES IN OUR HABITAT

We, the people of the Netherlands, are asking for support. In our densely populated country, they are planning huge wind farms next to our homes. In spite of all the reports about negative health aspects caused by industrial wind turbines, the requests for more wind farms are piling up.

We are afraid that many people will get sick and therefore we want to ask the government to stop the planning of building more turbines.

Apart from the health aspects, we are afraid that there will be a large environmental impact, no nature left and that we will not be able to leave because the houses become unmarketable.

Therefore, we ask you to sign this petition in order to help us with our struggle.

3. Recall and Replace the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority Commissioners

On page 5 of the GE Energy publication titled “Wind Energy Basics” (www. gepower.com/businesses/ge_wind _energy/en/downloads/wind_energy_ basics.pdf), it states, “Siting wind turbines and assessing the feasibility of a proposed location must consider factors such as Community Acceptance and compatibility with adjacent land uses. … Hence, megawatt-scale wind turbines cannot be located in densely populated areas.”

In Union Beach, NJ a “densely populated area” begins just 1,080 feet from the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority’s site for their planned 380-foot-tall GE industrial wind turbine. There are real and serious concerns regarding the negative impact the turbine will have on property values, health and safety due to its proximity to homes. Many experts recommend a minimum setback of 1.25 miles from residential property lines. Our current BRSA commissioners have categorically denied these dangers in their zeal to erect the turbine, although there is a large and growing body of evidence to support these claims. As for "Community Acceptance," Union Beach, Hazlet, Keyport and Monmouth County have all passed resolutions opposing the turbine. About 80 percent of area residents are staunchly opposed and 10 percent are ambivalent. There is a bill before the state legislature calling for a 2,000-foot mandatory setback. Yet, the BRSA has claimed that area residents are friendly to the idea of a turbine. They clearly are not.

What is most troublesome is that the BRSA already constructed the foundation in order to meet their deadline for receiving fifty percent funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. However, they did this prior to having all their permits finalized and also prior to acquiring an additional half-acre of land from JCP&L on Conaskonk Point, a pristine wetland and bird-nesting ground. They need this to allow for the blades of the industrial turbine to overhang their existing property line. Essentially, they spent that money on spec because they are in a legal battle with Union Beach and its neighbors for the rights to purchase the land and finish the project. The outcome is uncertain. This is the height of fiscal mismanagement. They have spent millions of ratepayer money already and even more ratepayer money is in jeopardy of going down the sewer if the BRSA is unable to erect the turbine and they have to pay back Uncle Sam.

The commissioners were appointed to represent the interests of their towns, residents and ratepayers. Clearly, they do not. The two from Union Beach even voted to sue their own town for putting www.noturbine.com on a sign outside of borough hall. Union Beach won that suit, a First Amendment victory, but it further makes the case that the commissioners put the wind industry above the interests of their communities. An organic outcry has begun among area residents, “Recall and replace the commissioners with ones who represent their towns, not Big Wind.” This petition is in response to that outcry.

4. Save The Highland Mountains

The Maine Land Use Regulation Commission is currently reviewing an application for a development permit submitted by Highland Wind, LLC. If granted, Highland Wind, LLC would build one of Maine’s largest industrial wind facilities in the heart of rural Maine and on the doorstep of the Bigelow Preserve and the Appalachian Trail.

According to the permit application:

• This enormous development would cover five mountains and hills and over 7 miles of ridgelines with 39 wind turbines, each well over 400 feet tall – twice the height of the tallest building in Maine. Up to 30 flashing lights would litter our once unspoiled night sky.

• Over 1.5 million cubic yards of rock and soil will be blasted and broken from the mountaintops to level their surfaces sufficiently to build the turbine foundations and over 18 miles of roads, 11 miles of which will be a 32 foot wide ridgeline road. To get an idea of the volume of mountain that will be displaced in this project, imagine a line of over 100,000 dump trucks filled with the excavated material stretching from Highland Plantation to North Carolina.

• Over 420 acres of mountain forest will be clear-cut, including forested wetlands. Additionally, some of the excavated mountain will be used to fill wetlands and streams.

• The normally silent mountains of Highland Plantation would experience sustained noise levels previously unknown.

Many Mainers are alarmed by the magnitude of landscape and soundscape degradation that will occur if this industrial development proceeds and the inevitable damage to Maine’s 'quality of place' that will follow. The development would devalue important scenic resources of state or national significance including the Bigelow Preserve, the Appalachian Trail, Flagstaff Lake, the Kennebec River, Gilman Pond, and the Arnold Trail. All lie in close proximity to the proposed development area.

The addition of your name to this petition will send a loud and clear message to the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission that this permit application should be denied.

5. Oppose Wind Turbines on Florida Beaches