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Renewable energy giant NextEra Energy Canada says it's just trying to be a good corporate citizen. Anti-industrial wind turbine activist Esther Wrightman says it is more like deep pockets trying to buy community support. ... How can people with mental health problems caused by wind farms turn to a centre receiving money from the wind farm company, Wrightman asked. "It really is like a war."
The flyer asks West Lincoln residents to pick a side of the wind turbine debate. It asks that residents vote for or against the municipality passing a minimum setback distance of two-kilometres between industrial wind turbines and dwellings. "I think people are in panic mode now as they see what's happening," said Pritchard, who invites the residents responsible for the campaign to contact WLWAG.
I realized I had a story that was bigger than just the effectiveness of wind energy. You can like it or you can hate it-that isn't the point. What this is about is government and business rushing ahead with new technology without ever making sure it's safe. A car manufacturer would never get away with releasing a new model without extensive safety tests. Same goes for food, appliances-anything. And yet these machines just kept going up, and up, and up.
Groups across Ontario are demanding that: Wind turbines that are offending must be removed, democracy must be returned, and an immediate moratorium must be placed on new projects, permitted and planned. Despite obvious and substantiated evidence that the Ministry knew of serious health complaints back to 2006, they continued to permit.
The documentary starts out in Alberta where wind energy has been a success ...It moves then to more densely populated rural Ontario where the reception to turbines hasn't been as welcome, and then to Denmark, once a poster-child for wind energy, where the relationship between residents and turbines has soured.
Armed with this understanding, a retired dairy farmer now working as a stray-voltage dairy consultant - who once leased some of his own land to a wind-power developer several years ago - is drawing attention to another kind of unwanted electrical interference he attributes to the "cheap" DC-to-AC power inverters employed by wind- and solar-farm installations.
As many as 30 natives in a convoy - some wearing traditional garb and waving native flags - interrupted work at several turbine and substation construction sites. ...Josie Hernandez, spokesperson for NextEra, confirmed that the protest was motivated in part by her company's removal of an eagle's nest near Fisherville two weeks ago.
Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request show that officials from the Ministry of Environment were aware of adverse health effects caused by wind turbines in 2009. These documents also show that one wind power company encouraged the Ministry to take a "consistent position" with their company to support the Green Energy.
If the Ministry bureaucrats-or the forces behind them-were hoping to catch residents, local government and other groups flat-footed, they failed. Council will decide later today whether it will take up the fight. Meanwhile, Prince Edward County Field Naturalists have stepped up to appeal the decision.
“The hypocrisy of this provincial government is absolutely stunning. The timing of the approval announcement is another slap in the face for rural Ontario—the government is saying, we don’t care what people want, or what's right, we’re helping big business push this through.”
Amaranth Township Council wants a 1.4- kilometre setback for industrial wind turbines based on a report entitled “Effects of Industrial Wind Turbine Noise on Sleep and Health.” Furthermore, the council is asking for existing wind farms to immediately halt their operations within the 1.4 km of homes and farms.
The Manitoulin Coalition for Safe Energy Alternatives (MCSEA) has announced it has filed an appeal against the Ministry of Environment's (MOE) Renewable Energy Approval that was granted last month to Northland Power's (NPI) McLean's Mountain wind farm project.
Essex Council voted Monday to withhold support for the Blue Sky wind farm project support in its application for a contract from the Ontario Power Authority. IPR-GDF Suez Canada had spent five years developing the 46.8 megawatt FIT project in Essex that would have seen 27 wind turbines erected on low density farmland southwest of town around County Road 8.
A spokesperson for McNaughton said the two elected officials want all turbine construction to halt until results of a federal health study on the impacts of turbines has been tabled. ...The spokesman said there is also growing concern about the devaluation of property as a result of the rapid proliferation of wind turbines in Chatham-Kent and throughout southwestern Ontario.
Researchers have published the first-ever peer-reviewed study linking wind turbines and ill health. ...The study found that a random sample of residents living within 1.4 km of wind turbines in two Maine communities suffered more from impaired mental health and sleep deprivation than those who lived at least 3.3 km away.
Government documents released under Freedom of Information showed environment ministry staff issued internal warnings the province needed stricter rural noise limits on turbines, that it had no reliable way to monitor or enforce them and that computer models for determining setbacks were flawed. Despite that, McGuinty forged ahead with his industrial wind development plan through his Green Energy Act, which stripped local municipalities.
"We know in Ontario people are getting sick," Jeremy Aramini, an epidemiologist who lives north of Fergus, said Friday. "There is more and more scientific evidence and studies like ours that strongly suggests, if not demonstrate, that yes, something is happening. Keep them far enough away until all studies and the science is in."
In addition to taking physical measurements - such as blood pressure - from participants, investigators will conduct face-to-face interviews and take noise measurements both inside and outside of homes in order to validate sound modeling. The results of the study are expected to be released in 2014.
The lawsuit will cite UDI Renewables and the four farmers who have leased land to the green energy company for causing property values to fall in the vicinity of the project. The paperwork will be filed at a courthouse either in Toronto or Norfolk within two weeks.
The Bruce Peninsula, like many other parts of Ontario where large-scale industrial wind farms - with turbines numbering in the hundreds - have been built or proposed, has become a hot-bed of anti-wind turbine sentiment along with other parts of Grey-Bruce. "Stop the Wind Turbines" signs are tacked up on fence posts and even highway signs in steadily growing numbers.