Australian politician sleeps underneath wind turbine to ‘assess noise’

Mark Parnell, an Australian politician, camped and slept underneath a wind turbine May 28 at the 111 MW Waterloo wind farm in South Australia.

Parnell is a member of the South Australian Legislative Council and a member of the South Australian Green Party. He also serves on the Windfarm Select Committee.

Parnell said that he had met with local residents who complained that the wind turbines were affecting their health. Parnell said he does not doubt their claims, but doubted that the wind turbines were to blame.

Parnell said that his night’s sleep – in a small camping tent – was cold.

The 111 MW Waterloo wind farm project was completed in 2010 at an estimated cost of $300 million.

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