Adverse health effects a global issue

Toronto Star

Re: Consumers hitting green ‘ceiling,’ Business, Sept. 28.   In this article Tom Heintzman, president of Bullfrog Power, was quoted as saying: “When wind becomes a little more normal and a little bit more common, we’ll all get used to it.”

For over two years now, I have been advocating for safe placement of industrial wind turbine developments to protect the health and well-being of Ontario’s rural families. The same demand for vastly improved turbine, transmission line and substation siting is coming from countries all over the world. The adverse health effects from turbines have become a global issue. I would not expect an industry person to discredit their own product.

We have simply asked the government to look at why so many people are getting sick after turbines are built so closely to homes. Why are so many moving away, why have some abandoned their homes or farmed their kids out to relatives? Why are healthy people so tired and sick after the startup of turbines in their area? Why do they improve when they leave their homes and get sick again when they return? They most definitely are not getting “used to it” nor are people getting “used to it” in Europe.

We need a moratorium on all turbine development until we look at the problems occurring with the first lot of them already installed by doing independent, third party studies. The regulations in Ontario, the ones the government admits they cannot even measure for compliance, are not going to help the honest, hard-working people unfortunate enough to be in the path of the thousands more turbines planned for this province.

Lorrie Gillis, Flesherton

5 thoughts on “Adverse health effects a global issue

  1. Tom Heintzman, president of Bullfrog Power, was quoted as saying: “When wind becomes a little more normal and a little bit more common, we’ll all get used to it.”

    He’s right you know. One can get used to death — even.

  2. Perhaps people in Europe don’t have much say in how things are done but here we have a lot of say in how things are done.

  3. No, David, he IS WRONG.

    You would understand if you were a person affected by IWT’s forced to live surrounded within a 3 km radius by 18 Vestas 1.65 MW IWT’s 24/7/52.

    I will never be able to get “used to it” and will only find relief in death.

    But, just imagine what kind of EXISTENCE my neighbours and I are experiencing spending most of our time being tested for our symptoms and our deteriorating health with the only compassionate prescription being “get out of that house”.

    Where does one go after putting all of one’s life’s savings into a home to “age in place” when within the ~ 140 houses here, ~10 are abandoned, ~ 8 are vacant/for sale and ~9 are occupied/for sale?

  4. johana,

    There is a fellow who lives near Casper,Wyoming that has wind turbines for neighbors and can’t get his property taxes reduced as he can’t sell his property

    Now, one of the members of the property tax review board has wind turbines on his land. So the board would not reduce the man’s property taxes. This fellow appealed to the Gov. of Wyoming but was also turned down there.

    Hope everyone gets the points I’m making.

  5. It seems like the point is a person can’t win for losing. In our county we are trying to get the public health agency here to understand that turbines placed too close will cause health problems; but they furnished two studies to our board and stated they took no stand on the issue.

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