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"It sucks," says Elmes. "The noise is, at times, huge." Sometimes it sounds like a pulsing jet engine. At other times, it's a constant rumble, like an endless freight train passing. Neighbours tell her it's like living near an airport. "The range of noise is unbelievable, and it's all so completely different from what you're used to that you just stop whatever you're doing," Elmes says. "I used to love my neighbourhood. I don't anymore."
With an election just a few months away, concerns over Ontario's green energy projects are proving to be a thorn in the governing Liberals' side. The province received about 750 complaints about wind turbines over the past two years. It found that some companies weren't following the rules, but has issued no fines or orders forcing them to abide by them.
If the GMP project goes ahead, decision-makers will be viewed as having "destroyed one of the beautiful pristine areas of Vermont ... for no good reason at a time when a better alternative was just about to come into reach."
The group recently discovered the sale of four of the five properties previously owned by the families that have been fighting Suncor and Acciona over their inability to lead normal lives in their own homes caused by the Ripley Wind Power Project.
They were forced from their home, she said, for the sake of their health, and to dispose of their horses. They have sold all but eight at sacrifice prices. Why had they waited so long to go public? Ms. Kidd said it was only at the urging of friends that she came out in the open with her story and posted the video.
Windmills have their place, but not next to where people sleep or learn, Pierpont said Tuesday. Pierpont's findings may have broader implications as governments look to alternative energy sources and windmills continue to pop up in rural areas across Quebec and Canada.
Dr. Robert McCunney, a co-author of the a 2009 review of wind turbine reports for the American and Canadian wind energy associations - which concluded there is no adverse effects on human health due to wind turbine noise - was challenged on whether he still believes this is the case.
Colby said an analysis of scientific data by the health unit showed the blades were noisier than rural nighttime background noise but quieter than a jet flying overhead. ...Colby said he doesn't deny that wind turbines can be an annoyance and that the annoyance can cause stress.
Double speak the issues all you want, anyone willing to lease or sell their property to wind and solar developers knowing full well what their neighbours are in for and the possible health issues that could ruin their neighbours lives for a few dollars, leaves me wondering how they sleep at night.
The Municipality of Kincardine Council has formally agreed to hold a special council meeting to deal with the issues of wind turbines within the municipality after hearing from two delegations at the March 16 council meeting.
The three judges in Toronto didn't dismiss the evidence presented by anti-turbine experts who are also making their case in Chatham -- the panel merely said such a matter was better decided before an environmental review panel, Gillespie said. Those who say the turbines harm health say the devices emit low-pitched sounds that disrupt the body's rhythms and cause headaches, tinnitus, dizziness, nausea, rapid heart rate, irritability and problems with concentration and memory.
While the Liberals insist it's all about clean energy, a recent article in a British newspaper shows wind turbines are anything but green. A story by Simon Parry and Ed Douglas in the Daily Mail, Jan. 29, describes a horrific toxic stew brewing in China as a result of our search for the great, green holy grail.
Opponents of wind energy in Ontario took another step this week, as a provincial tribunal heard arguments over the impact of wind turbines on human health. Ontario's Environmental Review Tribunal was in Chatham, Ont., to hear a challenge over a licence given to energy giant Suncor to build an eight-turbine wind power project in Chatham-Kent.
"The province ought not to proceed with the development of industrial wind turbines any further," said Dr. Robert McMurtry, a past dean of the medical school at the University of Western Ontario and a former assistant deputy minister of health for the federal government. "There is a lot of suffering," McMurtry said. "We need to understand why."
The Environmental Review Tribunal ("ERT") continued its hearing of the appeal related to the issuance of the Renewable Energy Approval ("REA") for Suncor Energy Services Inc.'s Kent Breeze 20 MW wind farm in Chatham, Ontario (the "Project").
What I have found particularly intriguing is the consistent and almost automatic dismissal of the health impacts for those colocated with the turbines. I have listened to people arbitrarily dismiss health issues as being psychosomatic or regurgitate the popular excuse of the lack of scientific evidence. With respect, I would suggest to those who support these notions that you have completely misunderstood the problem.
Lawyer Eric Gillespie, acting on behalf of appellants Katie Erickson and Chatham-Kent Wind Action Inc., said the focus of the case deals with the medical impacts on human health such as sleep disturbances, stress or psychological distress, inner ear symptoms, headaches and loss of enjoyment of life. He will call 10 experts from around the world.
"It is clear that many people in many different parts of Grey Bruce and southwestern Ontario have been dramatically impacted by the noise and proximity of wind farms. To dismiss all these people as eccentric, unusual or as hyper-sensitive social outliers does a disservice to constructive public discourse" about the issue.
Dr. Lynn is right. More study is needed on the effects of wind farms on everything from the future cost of electricity to health concerns. And local planning control must be restored as a first step by the government towards making amends to the people of rural Ontario.
Several doctors have lined up behind Hanna's challenge, saying turbines emit low-pitched sounds that disrupt the body's normal rhythms and cause ailments including headaches, tinnitus, dizziness, nausea, rapid heart rate, irritability and problems with concentration and memory. Those concerns have been dismissed as irrelevant by lawyers representing the Ontario government.