It is there as day breaks on a still spring morning when I am outside listening for a wild turkey’s gobble. It is there when I cross the yard to work in my garden. When I go out for a walk with the dogs it comes along. I feel its vibrations while sitting at my desk with the windows closed on a winter afternoon. It is wind turbine noise from the Sheffield Wind Project which invades our property on a northwest wind. It is especially evident on rainy/snowy days when the clouds hang low over our neighbor’s ridgeline where the 16 wind turbines have been erected.
In Vermont, we homeowners have a right to the peaceful use and enjoyment of our property. We also have a right to be protected against unlawful trespass on our property.
In granting Certificates of Public Good and their associated establishment and measurement of noise standards for wind turbines inside neighboring homes rather than at property lines, the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) has essentially awarded wind developers an uncompensated nuisance noise, health, and safety easement across private property even though that neighboring parcel has not been leased to the wind developer.
In effect, future development rights on thousands of acres of private property have been stripped from Vermont’s rural citizens and handed to their neighbor’s tenant, the wind developer, without compensation as required by Article 2 of the Vermont Constitution.