Wind Industry Faces Damage Claims Over Ill-Health

  • Date: 04/11/12
  • Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill

A peer reviewed paper has claimed for the first time that wind turbines can detrimentally affect the sleep patterns of people living nearby. This presumably opens the way for damages claims against windfarm investors.

According to Andrew Gilligan in the Telegraph:

American and British researchers compared two groups of residents in the US state of Maine. One group lived within a mile of a wind farm and the second group did not.

The findings provide the clearest evidence yet to support long-standing complaints from people living near turbines that the sound from their rotating blades disrupts sleep patterns and causes stress-related conditions.

Both sets of people were demographically and socially similar, but the researchers found major differences in the quality of sleep the two groups enjoyed.

This presumably opens the way for damages claims against windfarm investors.

Bishop Hill, 4 November 2012