Ontario Health Survey Exposes the Wind Industry

Queen’s Park, Toronto, April 22, 2009 – Former Dean of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario held a news conference on the steps of Queen’s Park today. Flanked by many victims, Dr. McMurtry revealed the results of a health survey of the people now suffering many side effects while living near industrial wind turbines. img_30881






Of the 76 respondents in the community based self-survey, 53 people living near different wind power plants reported that industrial wind turbines were having a significant negative impact on their lives.  The adverse effects range from headaches and sleep disturbance to tinnitus (ringing in the ear) and depression.

“If any drug had that many serious side effects it would be taken off the market or at least have warnings issued”, says Carmen Krogh, retired Pharmacist and one of the conductors of the survey.
According to Dr. McMurtry’s calculations, the average distance from the turbines is 780 meters although some are as close as the current Ministry of Environment recommended setback guideline of 400 meters while others are as near as 350 meters- a setback established by the Wind Industry when it originally got the go ahead for development in Ontario.
“Why should the bar be set so low for industrial wind turbines where so many side-effects are deemed unimportant?” Dr. McMurtry asks.
Another similar survey has been carried out by Britain’s Dr. Amanda Harry. Her survey revealed many identical responses as the one by Wind Concerns Ontario.
Recent work by Dr. Michael Nissenbaum of Maine again found the same complaints.
One person in the survey replied that on a windy day “they (turbines) can sound like a jet is coming right at you….in the winter you can hear them pulsating right through the walls”.
Another farmer says he had to move out of his home and returns only to feed the cattle. He is not the only one.

3 thoughts on “Ontario Health Survey Exposes the Wind Industry

  1. Great job witht the survey. Let’s see how the press move with this.

    Has there been any thought of retaining legal counsel to see if there are any grounds for a class action suit against the provincial government and the wind developers?

  2. When the public have to carry out their own survey on what damage a Government’s actions are having on their Health then I think our society has sunk to a new low. If direct action of a Government Official is causing harm to his/her constituents and then ignores the cries for help then that official or officials involved must voluntarily resign at the very least as it is evident that their actions are causing bodily harm to their constituents. One could actually consider a “criminal charge” be lodged against this or these politicians. If it happened between fellow citizens they would be charged by the police and subsequently jailed!

  3. The wind industry insists there are no problems with noise or health, yet the wind industry’s land lease agreements contain clauses in which the land owner could be sued if they complain about wind turbine noise or health effects. These land lease clauses indicate the wind industry knows there is a problem with noise or other health effects and that it could affect homes that are close by. What can we expect from a survey? It will be difficult to exclude land lease owners and if the industry or government conducts the survey what results would be expected? Shouldn’t an effort be made to understand what is causing the health problems to those who find it difficult to live close to the wind turbines next to their homes? It may be those people are sensitive to something that is far more dangerous than first imagined.

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