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Norma Schmidt and Jutta Splettstoesser from the Kincardine area were both in attendance. ...Schmidt says wind turbines have destroyed her health and is determined to halt wind power in its tracks. She says she is living in hell and has been for three years, and she asked that Eijgel discontinue these speaking engagements.
"We carefully drafted and approved a town plan that prohibits commercial wind development on our ridgelines," Boyer said. "And our intention is to uphold our town plan." Grafton officials are researching what their regulations might say about wind power.
“Now Therefore, regardless of the undemocratic terms of Ontario Bill 150, be it resolved that the Council of the Municipality of Meaford confirms that it is not desirous of any Industrial Wind turbine development within our corporation, and requests that developers of wind farms do not submit further applications within our municipal boundaries,” read the resolution.
Dr. Carl Phillips, an American epidemiologist invited by local citizens, presented evidence regarding the health effects of wind turbines. Those effects include sleep and mood disorders, headaches and increased stress, Phillips said. ...It would be "unconscionable" to allow wind farms less than 1,600 metres from homes, Phillips said.
GREEN ENERGY: Don't be fooled by the names of many of the massive wind farms sprouting up across Southwestern Ontario. There's a local ring to them, but they're actually owned by multinationals as far-flung as Calgary, Florida and China, to name a few. John Miner reports.Wilson said the multinationals have adopted local names for their wind farms because they want to put a local face on them when they're nothing of the kind. By setting each wind farm up as a separate company, they limit their liability if something goes wrong, she said. "If there is some kind of a problem, it is limited to just that particular project and not the whole company."
Lisa Michaud, whose family has launched a $1.5-million lawsuit, claiming negative health impacts have been caused by a wind farm near their Thamesville hobby farm, would welcome studies at her property. She said the health impacts spread to their small goat herd, noting the animals would stand out in all kinds of inclement weather, refusing to go into their shelter.
The home, currently under construction in the 3400-block of West 22nd Avenue, will have rooftop solar panels, while a ten-metre wind turbine is to be built beside the garage at the back of the property. But neighbours Bruce and Gale Arnold and others say they're going to fight against the construction.
Wind farms, while infinitely preferable to coal-fired generating plants, still carry environmental costs. They tend to kill birds and other wildlife - commercial wind turbines at Alta-Gas's Bear Mountain wind farm in northeastern B.C. are being blamed for the deaths of endangered bats. They can also leave a hefty mark on the landscape.
The term annoyance gets tossed around a lot when debating wind turbines. No matter what definition though, those in attendance for a public meeting in Listowel were clearly annoyed.
Mr Phillips is vehemently against wind turbines, noting they were "springing up" all over rural areas, arguing unless the whole of a community supports them they should not be appearing as he judged them to be uneconomical.
Community relations consultant Derek Dudek told council Monday that because the proposed location of the project has been enlarged, the public notification process must begin again starting with the first public information meeting planned for July 18 in Durham. The location is yet to be announced.
Dudek said the company prefers a format where information is posted on boards placed around the room ...That didn't sit well with Coun. Bev Cutting. "I suggest that you make it a proper public consultation . . . just because you want to do your way isn't what we prefer. It's our properties, do it the way we want it done," Cutting said to applause.
Although the province's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Arlene King, said there's no scientific evidence that directly links wind turbine noise and adverse health effects, the AG acknowledged more research is needed. ...McCarter also questioned the sustainability and affordability of the technology.
"We may not win all the battles, but doggone it, we're going to win this war," Dave Griffiths, of Bluewater Against Turbines, told councillors from the Municipality of Bluewater during a special council meeting to discuss three wind energy projects slated for the municipality. Numerous times during his five-minute address to council, his words were met with applause.
Large-scale wind farms will be unwelcome in any part of Kings County, at least in the immediate future. Municipal council on Tuesday night gave first reading to a recommendation from its planning advisory committee to prohibit all major wind projects while it reviews issues around the controversial developments.
Siliken Renewable Energies closed its solar panel production facility Friday in Windsor. The company made the announcement almost one year to the day after it opened and on the very day it was revealed the city still has Canada's highest unemployment rate. Siliken did not reveal how many employees lost their jobs Friday.
MP Jean Rousseau said Sunday, during a rally on the lawn at the international Haskell Free Library, that he will also present a petition opposing two industrial-sized wind turbines in Derby near homes in Stanstead to the Canadian House of Commons this week. Roussea is seeking a unanimous vote of support from the House of Commons for the petition.
Protesters from both sides of the international border gathered on the grounds of the Haskell Library and Opera House in Derby Line Sunday to voice their strong opposition to the proposed Derby Line Wind Project.
Jim and several other landowners in Lambton Shores are coming close to a deadline in the leases which would allow them to opt out of the contract. Jim has decided not to sign on again saying the turbines "are unsafe, they're not green and they're going to bankrupt the province."
A company looking to build a controversial wind farm on Amherst Island has quietly offered Loyalist Township a payment of $7.5 million over the lifetime of the project, the Whig-Standard has learned. That doesn't sit well with the head of a group opposed to the construction, who decried the payments as shameful.