Re: Put turbines 5 kms from shore, ministry says
Commenting on the proposed 5 kilometre setback for offshore wind turbines, Energy Minister Brad Duguid said: “I think it sets to rest the concerns of some moderate people who were concerned that if they go to the beach, they could be looking up at a huge wind turbine.”
His comment shocked Ontarians who are fighting the province’s lax rules that allow industrial wind turbines to be built just 550 meters from homes.
Just like folks going to the beach, we don’t want to look at massive industrial turbines either, some 500 to 600 feet tall. But we also don’t want them to make us sick.
These turbines emit a pulsing, swishing noise that never stops, and the low frequency noise and infrasound they emit is a very serious concern for populations exposed constantly in their homes. Worldwide, people are reporting sleep disturbance, dizziness, headaches, and a host of other symptoms.
Handily, the Ontario government can claim there is no available evidence of a direct causal link between turbines and these symptoms, because that causal link has never been studied.
No wonder rural Ontarians feel like second-class citizens.