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Huron County, Ontario is home to hundreds of wind turbines, and while this form of renewable energy generation may be a plush for the environment, a number of residents have reported negative health impacts from living close to industrial wind turbine farms. An investigation into the reported health effects is being launched.
“It was a gold rush, basically.” And since those involved kept details secret to avoid giving their competitors an edge, residents didn’t know what their neighbours were planning. “That is really the worst way to go about something that you know is going to have a big impact on landscape and people,” he said.
Dr. Schomer, a former Standards Director of the Acoustical Society of America with 48 years’ experience in noise measurement, was qualified by the ERT as an expert in acoustics. He told the Tribunal that all residents in the White Pines project area will be affected by audible and inaudible sound and a number of residents will be seriously affected.
Dennis Mueller, a representative for the community liaison committee started the two-hour session by directing questions and complaints from members of 14 households that live near these wind turbines. ...“Personally I was appalled when these reports began to come in as I knew there were health problems but had no idea to this severity,” said Mueller.
Wind Concerns Ontario submitted these comments to the Green Energy Approvals section of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), following testimony from acoustics experts at the appeal of the White Pines wind power project. In the letter (provided below and attached to this page), WCO requests that the MOECC review the testimony of the witnesses, specifically that Ontario’s noise regulations are inadequate to protect health, and to apply the information to the current review of noise regulations for wind turbines underway in the province. The White Pines Wind Project, if built, will consist of 29 wind turbines with a nameplate capacity of 59.45 megawatts (MW) situated in within the ward of South Marysburgh and a small portion of Athol, Prince Edward County, Ontario. For more information pertaining to the White Pines wind application appeal before the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal, see this website - https://appec.wordpress.com/
Tory environment critic Lisa Thompson says farmers in Bluewater near Sarnia are being advised not to harvest crops near the giant turbines until they notify the wind farm owners so the blades can be slowed down.
"The Premier promised not to force power projects on communities," says Wind Concerns Ontario president Jane Wilson . "But we still can't say 'no.' Making the unwilling host declaration is a powerful statement to this government."
Town council tonight plans to reverse an earlier decision to give the green-light to two massive projects. Two private companies have proposed to develop separate industrial wind turbine projects in St. Isidore and St. Bernardin, in Nation municipality, about an hour east of Ottawa. Council initially supported the bid but at a council meeting Monday evening, Nation’s mayor was planning to move to reverse that decision, after a massive appeal by local residents.
With the proliferation of recent research and the rediscovery of earlier, until now largely ignored studies, infrasound and low frequency noise (LFN) can no longer be dismissed as irrelevant. This report shows why LFN must be given full consideration as a contributing cause of the distress of some of those people living near wind turbine installations. It also demonstrates why the Ontario and Canadian governments must pay attention to this research. The table of contents for the report is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clciking the links on this page.
Invenergy claims it has countered all the residents' claims and at the public meeting brought a panel of its own experts to address questions on topics like health effects, impact on wildlife and engineering concerns. ...In a lot of cases, residents jeered responses or groaned in disgust.
Despite rising public complaints about adverse health effects from industrial wind turbines, thousands continue to be erected across the province.
Carmen Krogh at the Ideacity Conference in Toronto
“This decision will leave people like my clients, who face massive wind development projects across this province, in an impossible position. The Health Canada Study has already shown an association between the turbines and serious health effects. My clients and other families in rural Ontario will now have to suffer these adverse health effects before they can seek any relief."
“Infrasound is so energetic it can travel through buildings it can travel at least 10km,” says Giorno. Some symptoms include “dizziness, nausea, ringing in the ears, general feeling of unease, and also problems with sleep and sleep disturbance.” Giorno says an example of an infrasound air wave is at the movie theater when a sound like an explosion can be felt on the body.
The arrival of K2 Wind into the Township has had an ongoing impact on my productivity as a farmer. Roads blocked for construction have prevented access to fields and held my workers and me up on an ongoing basis. This plays havoc with schedules and pushes back important things like planting dates which affect crop yields. Then there is the time lost when I have had to deal with situations where K2 Wind and its contractors have disregarded private property rights by trespassing, breach of bio-security measures, use of toxic cement dust on laneways, blowing/pushing snow and sand onto private land, and disregarding/damaging our private infrastructure like drainage and lanes.
Virginia Stewart Love, a member of Victims of Wind in Ontario, published this open letter in response to the recently released literature review by the Canadian Council of Academies CCA which found that annoyance can be caused by wind turbine noise – a clear adverse health effect. Ms. Love's full letter is posted below and can be accessed by clicking the link on this page.
Down Wind is the explosive documentary that examines Ontario's controversial rush into wind farm development. Produced by Surge Media, Down Wind exposes how this Canadian provinces' green energy dream turned into a nightmare for rural residents forced to live among the towering 50 storey turbines. Searing, personal stories of people experiencing mysterious health problems, insomnia, depression, even thoughts of suicide; their lives turned upside down by the constant noise and vibrations given off by the massive wind turbines. The documentary also reveals the staggering economic costs of these wind farms to taxpayers with huge subsidies going to big wind corporations. The film aired on Canada's Sun News Network. Click here for the media write up .
Down Wind, produced by Surge Media, is the explosive documentary that examines Ontario's controversial rush into industrial wind farm development. The full, 1 hour 32 minute production is now available here via YouTube.
The appellants maintain the Province violated its own legislation in allowing two of the turbines to be built on the Oak Ridges Moraine, which is protected by law. They also allege the project will have a significant impact on human health, the environment and quality of life in the area.
According to the motion filed this week, the main problem is that the province's Environmental Protection Act allows the government to act "without regard to public health and by denying citizens a means of relief in the face of a reasonable prospect of serious harm."