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Innovative Bribery Scheme to Silence Potential Wind Turbine Noise Complaints

By: Katie Cordrey - Published: Aug 4, 2010 • References: nytimes and treehugger
Some companies innovate with technology, but a company in Oregon has an innovative bribery scheme to silence potential wind turbine noise complaints. Rather than waiting to see if noise from a planned wind turbine installation will be objectionable to the rural residents around it, Caithness Energy, is offering $5000 if takers agree ahead of time not to complain.

Wind turbine noise is nothing new and Oregon is one of several states with laws on the books to regulate it, but there is little enforcement and that has lead to lawsuits. Something Caithness is clearly trying to preempt.