For Ethan Hall, who lives 3,500 feet from a wind turbine on Vinalhaven, being subjected to the turbine’s sound is like listening to a dripping faucet — “torture.”

“I wouldn’t be here if it was easy to get used to,” Hall said at a Feb. 19 press conference at the Statehouse Hall of Flags. “The sound is different from anything I have ever heard. It is an intense pulsing. It is impossible to block or mask this noise.”

The press conference was held by the Citizens’ Task Force on Wind Power —- a coalition of citizens advocating responsible, science-based, economically and environmentally sound approaches to Maine’s energy policy — which is calling for a statewide moratorium on commercial wind turbines.

Doctors, lawyers and other citizens affected by noise from turbines spoke in favor of mandating better noise regulations before Maine goes any further with installing wind turbines around the state.

Hall said the turbine noise in his backyard is noticeable and not just a background hum, such as made by a refrigerator. Hall said he couldn’t read, work or get good rest in his own home. In fact, nowhere on his property can he escape the din. He also said state noise regulations were “outdated.”

A recording of a wind turbine was played during task force member Steve Thurston’s opening remarks. Later, when TV news crews tried to conduct interviews with speakers, the recording was again turned on, and the news crews asked the recording be turned off so they could finish interviews.

Jonathan Carter, director of Forest Ecology Network, said wind turbines could have a profound negative impact on animals, causing predatory problems, affecting reproductive success and creating other issues.

“They are going to damage the wildlife of Maine,” said Carter. “We need a moratorium until we can get it right.”

Several members of the media asked Thurston if he thought Gov. John Baldacci would ever change his mind for this cause. Thurston replied that he could not speak for the governor.

Another man in attendance suggested the turbine noise be played outside the Blaine House.

As distressing as the turbine noise is to Hall, he said there is hope for solutions that would make the turbines quieter. And he acknowledged the large wind farms were “where there aren’t any people.”

“It’s a matter of new technology,” Hall diplomatically said. “Maybe it isn’t quite right yet.”