A fine example of ‘shooting messenger’
Sir, Re the recent letter, ‘Disbelief over claims in wind farm article’ - as disbelief is felt about information shared, I’m hoping that Jennifer will have found the letter following hers helpful. It is understandable that she and those finding themselves living close to wind turbines are largely unaware of reports and problems arising.
Alarm/rejection voiced as reactions to disclosures are natural to an extent, but don’t negate the need to research fully and report the findings of experts in the field, as has been done. If considered ‘unacceptable’ and dismissed as biased for one, others will be grateful for the warning, to enable the very reasonable requests made for independent health monitoring to be more widely requested and set up. Documented experiences graphically relate to adverse effects - others notice nothing. This doesn’t mean, however, that they’re non- existent, so monitoring is something entirely logical to support to avoid symptoms being missed or attributed to the wrong sources.
Since when was it unacceptable to hold authorities to account for the imposition of a technology with the capacity for harm? Sadly Jennifer’s protest is a fine example of ‘shooting the messenger.’ As stated, there are rising numbers of peer reviewed reports available for anyone to read and respond to should they so wish. For links see www.windsofjustice.org.uk Available are the U. S Falmouth and Portuguese court cases where noise nuisance and harm to human health has been found and dealt with by the courts by ordering turbines to be turned off at night and deconstructing others. More data is available to her via an email address left with the editor of the Oban Times. Christine Metcalfe Loch Avich, Argyll