Activist Minority or Informed Citizens?

B. Geleynse Pro-Wind, Deluded or in Denial?

Woodstock Sentinel Review

Recently, the Sentinel-Review published an article regarding the Innerkip Wind Farm, including a quote from Bart Geleynse of Prowind Canada describing those opposed to the project as an “activist minority.”

Claims that informed members of the community are an “activist minority” should be met with concern and skepticism.

First, let’s review the “minority” claim. Based on petitions and letters signed in local project areas, it is the project supporters (typically comprised only of landowners having signed leases with the developers) who are significantly outnumbered by their concerned neighbours.  Both developers and landowners who have signed contracts must realize that proceeding with these projects is contrary to the wishes of the community, and the consequences will be borne for years to come in community relationships, health, viability of neighbouring agricultural operations and legal proceedings. In other areas of Ontario, several landowners who had signed lease agreements are already pursuing options to rescind their contracts for these reasons.

Secondly, let’s review the “activist” claim. This language is pre-emptive stereotyping of legitimate concerns. It is lobbyist language unbecoming of an industry that tries to position itself as being community oriented.

Legitimately concerned community members have researched the risks. They have discovered very disturbing facts about the effects of industrial wind development, despite gag clauses used to silence families whose health and homes have been sacrificed.

In contrast to the dismissive health reports produced by paid wind industry consultants, there is a rapidly growing body of evidence worldwide regarding adverse health effects associated with industrial wind turbines. In response to the need for research and education, the Society for Wind Vigilance has recently been established. This international organization is a volunteer-based advocacy federation that leads in education on the adverse health effects of human exposure to wind turbines.

The society’s governing board is comprised of international health and research professionals, with the ultimate goal of mitigating the risk of adverse health impact through the advancement of independent third party research and its application to the “siting” of industrial wind turbines. Excellent reference materials are available on the organization’s web-site, which can be accessed at:

Interestingly, the wind industry itself acknowledges that wind turbines cause adverse health effects associated with sleep disturbance, stress and annoyance. Yet at every public meeting, developers choose to deflect questions posed by concerned citizens.

The risks posed by these projects are significant and will be borne by our communities and our children. We cannot sit idly by until the effects seen in Kincardine, Ripley, Amaranth, Clear Creek, Blenheim, Nova Scotia, US, Japan, UK and Australia (to name just a few) repeat themselves here in Oxford County.

Joan Morris, Masters of Health Science Woodstock, Ont.

7 thoughts on “Activist Minority or Informed Citizens?

  1. Geylense branded us an “activist minority” too! It made us laugh … and vow to work harder. Thanks for your letter, excellent!

  2. As a transport driver, I see these farms all over the continent. I always thought “great! somebody’s doing something to address the power problem”

    But then…I started to investigate…..

    At the industrial scale…this isn’t the way to go. As I write this, Ontarios output from wind is 12% capacity. That is not reliable. Strike 1.

    Right now, I’m paying $.06 a kw/hr. Am I mistaken in seeing a problem with the producers getting $.13 kw/hr? It is not economically viable.
    Strike 2.

    If you’re relying on 1,00 Mw input to the grid from wind power, and it isn’t happening…you need a backup. From what? coal? Natural gas? Biomass? Which means GHG into the atmosphere.
    so much for green. Strike 3.

    As I see it right now…small windmills in yer backyard is as far as this technology makes sense. Charge up a battery to run your dryer.

    People point to europe and say, “look at how far ahead of us they are in harnessing wind” Well, yeah, they are….But at the same time Europe’s also saying, “whoops, I think we rushed into this”

    This isn’t the way…not at the level of technology we are at, and not with the numerous questions there are regarding health effects, cost, reliability, environmental impact, economic impact….

    The politically correct of “we gotta be green” are throwing all our eggs here. I can’t help but think it’s the wrong basket.

  3. SHOCKING NEWS !!! I am dumbfounded beyond belief!

    Great article Catherine Stafford, It spawned an idea.

    What if Town Councilors who have been asked to gag their opposition to wind factories so that they can not be sued by the proponents of wind factories asked that all of their fellow councilors WALK OUT OF SESSIONS in protest of denial of free speech!!

    We elect them , we pay them and yet they can not argue on our behalf??? If they see a danger to our health or economy they have been told to keep quiet by Lawyers??? Say it ain’t so!!!

  4. Melodie, that’s in the UK…but, being a commonwealth, were not far off here. How does that Beatles song go? “Back in the USSR…”

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