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Much of the first day of hearings by the Environmental Review Tribunal into an appeal against the Armow Wind Project in the Kincardine region centred on qualifications of a presenter and whether or not anecdotal medical testimony would be allowed without formal medical diagnosis.
Councillor Jacqueline Faubert said any agreement related to turbines and noise lacks “teeth” since the MOE noise protocol is not scientifically valid. “Any dispute resolution protocol should not be taken as any change to the status quo with regards to turbines and noise,” Faubert said.
The lawyer who represents them said today the purchase offers would only be good if the couple dropped their concerns, which would in turn cancel an environmental hearing beginning today in Kincardine. The lawyer representing Ken and Sharon Kroeplin says the offers were made only after the notice of appeal was issued.
"Studying outcomes as complex as sleep, vertigo, tinnitus and their relationship with environmental exposure is challenging," he said. "Getting the full picture of the impacts of wind turbine noise on these outcomes will require many studies and this is only one."
Marcelle Brooks and Muriel Blair, with the Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group, put together the protest involving about 150 vehicles that shut down a section of the highway as they travelled from the Forest Road intersection to a rally in Strathroy. Their aim was to draw Premier Kathleen Wynne's attention to the opposition to wind farm developments in rural Ontario.
The Drennans are concerned about reported health effects of wind turbines and want a moratorium on the K2 project until studies can be conducted to better understand their impact on human health. Residents suffering from insomnia, ringing in the ears, headaches, and heart palpitations have for years inundated government ministries, local boards of health and newspaper opinion pages with pleas for help.
“Premier Wynne, you will learn we are a tough crowd to deal with when we are pissed off,” activist anti-turbine firebrand Esther Wrightman told a post-convoy rally of about 300 in Strathroy. “We will not be bullied and terrorized any more.”
Wrightman said she was stymied last week when the tribunal deemed nine of her 11 witnesses wouldn’t be allowed to speak as experts in their field. They included an Australian doctor, a Chicago assessor and a specialist in low-frequency soundwaves. “What this has shown me is that there is no way an average Ontario resident can file an appeal successfully,” she told hearing chairperson Dirk VanderBent.
"You guys did a lousy job," Don McCabe, vice president at the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, told attendees as a panelist during the recently concluded Canadian Wind Energy Association Annual Conference and Exhibition. ...Some rogue developers have come into the province and hastily staked their claim and often underestimated the intelligence of locals. In some cases wind developers often pitted neighbors against each other.
It was a turbulent beginning to a hearing about the impact of turbines on human and environmental health, as the adjudicator shut down the process after only a few minutes. As two protesters refused to turn off their video equipment, hearing chairperson Dirk VanderBent warned they must comply or he would have to adjourn the hearing.
The Ontario government is refusing to hear testimony from experts on noise and safety in an ongoing Environmental Review Tribunal, according to motions presented to the appellant. Last week, the Environment ministry and power developer NextEra filed motions to deny testimony from witnesses at an appeal launched by Esther Wrightman, a citizen of the Middlesex area. The ministry and developer are objecting to testimony from medical doctors, a professional engineer with expertise in noise measurement, an acoustician with knowledge of the effect of environmental noise and infrasound on human health, and real estate appraisers.
After three years of protest, a group of Smithville neighbours are calling on Premier Kathleen Wynne in a last-ditch effort to stop wind turbines from taking over their rural community.
"You are ruining our province," Anita Thornton told the minister, after discussing how turbine placement does not take into consideration children with autism and other special needs. Kidd explained her home will be surrounded by eight turbines within two kilometres from her home. Linda Rogers from Haldimand will have 16 within that same distance.
Nearly 50 people broke out in a cheer, and some in tears, when son-in-law Norm Lamothe announced Monday (Sept. 16) at a press conference that his family had withdrawn its commitment to M.K. Ince and Associates Ltd. ...M.K. Ince and Associates Ltd. plans to build five industrial-size turbines in Cavan Monaghan Township.
When almost a hundred smaller wind turbines (only 400' high) were built on Wolfe Island near Kingston we found ourselves looking at an industrial landscape where there once was a clear horizon, and we lost interest in the city and now sail up out of Little Current. People on Wolfe Island suffered a lot; many became sick and many moved elsewhere. Neighbour fought neighbour; some were paid significant sums for installing turbines on their land and others had to live with the sights and sounds that these turbines produced.
The CAW -- or Unifor as it's now known -- has no intention of shutting down its wind turbine in Port Elgin after council formally requested it do so a week ago. Ken Bondy, the union's national coordinator for health, safety and environment, said Tuesday he's received notice of the Saugeen Shores resolution, but the turbine will not be shut down.
The Energy Review Board's hearing into the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) for Dufferin Wind Power (DWP) is progressing into what observers say will be protracted arguments about health issues, and a war of words is continuing in Melancthon apart from the hearings. Threats to human, animal and plant life are among the issues the ERB is mandated to rule on.
Driving through Michigan, I was distressed to see town after town boarded up beneath wind turbines. I don't know the answer, but I will pose this question: Were the wind turbines built there because the towns were dead or did the towns die because the wind turbines were built?
Charbonneau said it was a sad day when he visited with the Port Elgin residents who are said to be suffering from migraines, especially when the wind is coming off of the lake. Moreover, he said a shadow flicker is now occurring in people's homes, something the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) said would not occur.
Last year, a group of landowners fought to keep the project from going ahead. But contractors started pouring the concrete pads for the turbines last week, and O'Shea said they realized they'd lost the battle. She still doesn't believe it was a fair fight.