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Hundreds attend Essex wind power meeting

Essex Council got an eye opener on Monday night as health experts from around Ontario and the UK discussed Ontario's noise regulations. An overflow crowd of around 200 people packed the Civic Center to discuss their health concerns towards the potential wind turbines to be placed throughout the county. There is a wind farm proposal in Amherstburg near Malden Centre. There were residents of Amherstburg in attendance at the meeting.

ESSEX - Essex Council got an eye opener on Monday night as health experts from around Ontario and the UK discussed Ontario's noise regulations.

An overflow crowd of around 200 people packed the Civic Center to discuss their health concerns towards the potential wind turbines to be placed throughout the county. There is a wind farm proposal in Amherstburg near Malden Centre. There were residents of Amherstburg in attendance at the meeting.

Colette McLean, Essex County resident and a member of Wind Concerns Ontario, was in attendance with several supporters. She said the meeting was brought up by Essex town council after a proposed motion from Councillor Ron Rogers, who said they should halt further development after concerns in Ontario about health issues with turbines.

"We're hoping the information gets out to all concerned residents who are going to face these kinds of developments," she said. "People need to understand there's more to it than just what they perceive as green, free, and clean. This is probably the last chance we'll have as residents to express our concerns because the Green Energy Act is stifling the residents' ability to have input in the process."

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ESSEX - Essex Council got an eye opener on Monday night as health experts from around Ontario and the UK discussed Ontario's noise regulations.

An overflow crowd of around 200 people packed the Civic Center to discuss their health concerns towards the potential wind turbines to be placed throughout the county. There is a wind farm proposal in Amherstburg near Malden Centre. There were residents of Amherstburg in attendance at the meeting.

Colette McLean, Essex County resident and a member of Wind Concerns Ontario, was in attendance with several supporters. She said the meeting was brought up by Essex town council after a proposed motion from Councillor Ron Rogers, who said they should halt further development after concerns in Ontario about health issues with turbines.

"We're hoping the information gets out to all concerned residents who are going to face these kinds of developments," she said. "People need to understand there's more to it than just what they perceive as green, free, and clean. This is probably the last chance we'll have as residents to express our concerns because the Green Energy Act is stifling the residents' ability to have input in the process."

The meeting started off rather calm. John Harrison, a retired physicist from Queens University, called allowing a 40-decibel sound level within a 400-metre setback "not adequate." He suggested 1.4-2.4 kilometre setbacks.

One of the issues he raised was the "problem of hearing the swoosh, swoosh, swoosh of blades," which is a nuisance because it's not constant.

As the meeting continued, things got a bit heated between Essex Councillor Paul Innes and the wind action group. Someone piped up that Innes wasn't an expert on wind turbines, to which Innes responded with "more than you, big mouth." It took Essex Mayor Ron McDermott telling Innes "you don't have to lose it" and Innes apologizing for things to settle.

Examples were repeatedly given about defects and hazards with turbine blades. Incidents reporters were everything from blade collapse in Japan with 28-kilometre-per-hour winds in January 2007 to eight turbine fires within a year in Minnesota, West Virginia, and California, to name a few places. While 16 failures were reported out of approximately 70,000 turbines world-wide, the 16 incidents were only those reported and it's believed the number could easily be higher.

Dave Colling, a farmer from Kincardine who does testing on wind farms, told stories he's seeing up there from wind farms. He mentioned four families, including one that had to leave their house because the wind farms caused dangerous blood pressure levels. He said one of the rooms was "inhabitable." Stewart Lewis, another resident from Lambton County, said he's talked to people who have been affected. Some have been forced to move from their homes and "they're still searching for answers to this day." He called turbines a "40-story Cyclopes."

However, not everyone believed the regulations in Ontario were inadequate. Brian Howe, an acoustics engineer with HGC Engineering, believed Ontario's guidelines were reasonable and consistent with Health Canada Studies.

At the end of the meeting, McLean said there was a lack of evidence towards no health problems and that the reality in all of the communities mentioned was people are having health issues. She asked "why not have the wind developers prove there are no problems?"

Essex council said the topic will be brought up again at the next meeting on Monday.


Source: http://www.amherstburgecho....

FEB 25 2009
https://www.windaction.org/posts/19251-hundreds-attend-essex-wind-power-meeting
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