Health “Study” Nothing But Spin

By DOUG HEMPSTEAD   Ottawa Sun

Like the turbines themselves, a group of North Gower residents say a recent study about wind energy is nothing but spin.

The report, sponsored by both the Canadian Wind Energy Association and the American Wind Energy Association, concluded there is “no evidence that audible or sub-audible sounds emitted by wind turbines have any direct adverse physiological effects.”

But North Gower Wind Action Group chairman Gary Chandler doesn’t buy that.

His community might become home to 10 wind turbines, which range in height from 10-13 metres.

“We have joined a coalition of 41 citizens’ groups throughout this province,” said Chandler. “I can tell you that people are saying the constant noise and vibration from these huge structures is very disturbing.”

The executive summary of the report says the conclusions were reached through an in-depth study of existing research.

The panel of eight doctors and scientists report that “ground-borne vibrations from wind turbines are too weak to be detected by, or to affect, humans.”

Chandler said the report has no validity because the company that wants to build wind turbines in North Gower commissioned it.

He wants the government to sponsor third-party independent research, and halt all industrial wind turbine developments until that research is completed.

“It just makes sense not to subject more people to this noise until we know the truth,” Chandler said.

The project manager of Prowind Canada says the company commissioned the study because groups like Chandler’s asked for it.

“We’ll never change their mind,” said Bart Geleynse. “It’s next to impossible to combat the anecdotal position of someone with a fairly closed mind.”

Geleynse characterizes the members of the North Gower Wind Action Group as an “activist minority” representing a small number of Ontarians.

“We’ve gone ahead and commissioned studies that they’ve asked for. But they dismiss the results before they even read it,” said Geleynse.

“They get the results they want to get. They don’t want a real, independent study because they’re afraid of what will be found,” said Chandler.

Pending approval of the Ontario Power Authority, North Gower’s wind turbines will be constructed and operational by spring 2013.

doug.hempstead@sunmedia.ca

7 thoughts on “Health “Study” Nothing But Spin

  1. Hey Doug
    Good to read your post on the Wind Spin..we miss you in Barry’s Bay and hope you are well………….”they can fool everyone some of the time and fool some of you all the time but they can’t fool everyone all of the time”…………..the CANWEA Study is BS!

  2. I was thinking today that these people are doing what ever they want and then seeing if they can get away with it..

  3. Extremely difficult to imagine how the windies can rationalize that this commissioned study validates anything beyond it being a waste of their time and money producing it.

  4. Good to see the thumbs down constituents
    are up and at it bright and early. Must be
    a boring job. Tell me, do you have an
    opinion on anything?

  5. Governments and wind industry know IWTs have an impact on the people living nearby. They are trying figure how to make other people believe no one is impacted. Only the ignorant would believe huge industrial electricity producing (with high voltage variability) electrical flow restricting hunk of concrete, moving metal, oil, lubricants, wires and fibreglass composites structures makes no noise and have no impact. Get real.

  6. From the article above.

    “The report, sponsored by both the Canadian Wind Energy Association and the American Wind Energy Association, concluded there is “no evidence that audible or sub-audible sounds emitted by wind turbines have any direct adverse physiological effects.””

    …..from the TIMESONLINE in the UK

    http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/the_way_we_live/article6964353.ece

    Silent night … Is there peace anywhere in Britain?

    “From there I seek out Deepak Prasher, Emeritus Professor of Audiology at University College London, a world expert on noise nuisance and health. The threshold at which people get annoyed by noise is 65 decibels but many parts of cities now exceed that. The adverse effect on heart health and children’s learning has been well documented but Prasher says that the problem is so recent, other damage may still emerge.

    “Our bodies are designed to deal with acute noise — a sudden bang pumps up our adrenaline,” he says. “But if noise is continuous it places great stress on the body. People think they adapt but actually all that happens is they get used to the idea of living within noise. Their body doesn’t get used to it.

    “We need to have an awareness that noise isn’t good for us. We have acknowledged it for air pollution but noise pollution goes together with that.””

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