It seems like rural Ontario is being “attacked” by wind companies. There is a great deal of opposition … maybe we should look at why.
Wind turbines may produce “green energy” but they are not carbon footprint free. They require fiberglass, steel (re-bar), concrete, oil and land.
I have read that a turbine’s life could be as short as nine years. What happens then?
Are “decommissioned” wind turbines recyclable or do they just bury them or worse, leave them standing to deteriorate over time? We need to know that answer before construction, regardless of how long the turbine lasts.
Health issues are also a big concern. In Ontario, Dr. Robert McMurtry, former assistant Dean of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario has been studying and working with individuals who live near turbines and have had adverse effects (sleep disturbance, headaches, migraines, heart palpitations, and tinnitus just to name a few).
Is “wind turbine syndrome” fact or fiction?
An independent epidemiological study of those living around turbines would help with that determination.
There are lots of turbines up. Do the study … prove that they are safe. If it is found that people and turbines don’t mix … then the setbacks need to be increased so that people are not adversely effected. Let’s get it right before more go up.
Marlene Mueller, RR 2 Gadshill, Ontario