In an article in The Australian newspaper Senator Leyonhjelm went on at some
length about infrasound and wind turbines, but did not mention that
the South Australian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
produced a report titled "Infrasound levels near windfarms and in other
environments" in January 2013.
A couple of extracts from the Executive Summary are very relevant to the
|Wattle Point Wind Farm, Yorke Peninsula, SA
I have written more on
noise and wind turbines elsewhere on this site.
- "Infrasound levels at houses adjacent to wind farms ... are no higher
than those at houses located a considerable distance from wind farms."
- "... there did not appear to be any noticeable contribution from the
wind farm to the G-weighted infrasound level ..."
In his article in The Australian Senator Leyonhjelm referred to a report
by acoustician Steven Cooper.
He said that "Cooper demonstrated some people can sense infrasound even
though they cannot see or hear the turbines."
What he did not mention here was that Cooper also wrote that about half the
'sensations' were reported when the wind turbines were not operating at all.
(See more on wind turbines and health, and on
Steven Cooper's claims elsewhere on this site.)
If Senator Leyonhjelm was interested in the truth...
What the Senator did not mention at all in his article in The Australian was
the excellent research that has been done into the
psychology of wind turbines
and health by people like Doctor Fiona Chichton.
Emeritus Professor Simon Chapman together with Doctor Fiona Crichton have written a book titled
Wind Turbine Syndrome: A Communicated Disease that the Senator would do well to consult if he had any interest in the facts.
The senator could also read what prominent clinical psychologist
Sarah Edelman has written about symptoms erroneously ascribed to wind turbines.
The Australian Wind Farm Commissioner, running an office set up specifically to look into complaints about wind farms, has only
received a total of about 163 complaints from the whole of Australia, on all matters, not just noise, in two and a half years (October 2015 to May 2018); further, some 145 of the complaints have been resolved.
Finally, I live in Mid-North South Australia and have asked at least six doctors at the Crystal Brook medical practice, the closest to the Clements Gap Wind Farm, about whether they have had anyone complain about being made ill by the wind turbines.
They reported that no one had.