Turbine picture isn’t a rosy as ad paints it

Grey Bruce Shoreline Beacon

I’ve nearly completed research on the wind turbines we are to get here. I have now well over 500 hours in research about wind turbines. To further my knowledge, I took mayor Lynn Acre’s advice. She is the mayor of Bayham, Ontario, is for wind in her community and advised us to come and see her wind farm community. See the advertisement on Page 38 of the Oct. 5 Shoreline Beacon.

My wife and I decided to combine a trip to see the fall leaves and Acre’s community of wind turbines. It was a beautiful day for a car trip along country roads on our way south. The leaves were displaying themselves just the way the season of fall had intended it to be.

Once near Clear Creek, one of Acre’s communities, our pleasant happy mood changed. These big tall white things, most of them not turning, simply overtook the natural beauty that we had been enjoying since leaving Port Elgin. We were both not impressed by this view. Maybe if there had been hundreds, or thousands, of wind turbines in one area, it might have been impressive, but from our higher vantage point it looked tacky and unsightly. I will say our trip from this point changed in its mood.

We drove to one of the wind turbines that was turning and stopped on the side of the road about 600 metres away. As soon as I turned the engine off, we could hear this whooshing sound every time the blades went past the tower holding up the turbine. It sounded something like large trucks driving by, but they were a distance away, and you couldn’t see them on the road. After getting out of our car, it was even louder. After a few minutes standing outside you started to hear the wind. Only problem was there wasn’t any wind; at least not on the ground where we were standing. The leaves on the tree next to us weren’t moving. The noise was all produced by that one wind turbine.

At another location with a turbine spinning, I asked the people there if we could get close to what looked like their wind turbine and they said yes. We went right to the base of the wind turbine and again, the whooshing noise caught your attention, but now you could also feel the ground vibrating and also hear one very high-pitched whining buzzing type sound. There were lots of feathers around there too, much too much for just one bird.

While driving through the area of #42, the road that goes between Clear Creek and Port Burwell, you can see houses for sale with no one living in them, all having a wind turbine or turbines very close to the house.

We drove to Port Stanley before heading back home. At the beach you can look eastward along the beautiful cliff shoreline until you see those white wind turbines. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholders and in our eyes those white things totally disturbed the beauty that once was.

The full page ad in Shoreline Beacon quoted Acre as saying “Wind energy is having an incredibly positive impact on our community.” Well, I guess we somehow missed the incredibly positive impact part of the community. The ad goes on to say “the wind farm has become part of our identity.” All we saw was what looked like a bunch of disorganzied wind turbines, most of them not even turning, a derelict house with a wind turbine and empty houses for sale beside wind turbines. Not an identity we would want to be known for.

One other thing I would like to say. Only twice did we come into contact with other people in Acre’s community and both times her wind turbines were not spoken nicely of.

We came, we saw, we were not impressed; we’ll never be going back.

Charley Ubanek, Port Elgin

5 thoughts on “Turbine picture isn’t a rosy as ad paints it

  1. Just out of curiosity…

    How far is the nearest wind turbine to Mayor Lynn Acre’s house?

    Also, is she running for re-election and if so what are her chances against any credible opponent?


    Sean Holt.

  2. The only thing that can be explained by this “desolation being beautiful” is that the people that state this publicly can’t be “human” or at the very least have any kind of morality or honour!

    We all know how “greed” can destroy a person’s “spirit” and that is exactly what has happened to anyone who has invested their home, land and lifestyle in Green Energy in order to make $$$$$.

    This is the worst LIE ever perpetrated on mankind in our lifetime and to all the NGO’s that support this Green Energy Scam…SHAME ON YOU!

  3. T3 don’t stop writing about your experiences, as much as many of us feel for you and have limited ability to help you there are those who know how to stop this. Even if wind could provide some useful power we live in society that does not need that kind high cost/low value/sporatic power bad enough to lay to waste and cast aside so many people’s hopes, dreams and lives. What we are dealing with are a few people who are taken by greed. No one needs to sponsor turbines. It is not saving people from financial ruin or saving the family farm but creating the environment that will put into financial ruin more people, including those sponsoring turbines. The farm was lost with the signature of the lease agreement. They just don’t know that yet. For you don’t give up. More people need to know the horror of wind farms. Keep writing.

  4. Oh T3, I am so very sorry – and outraged. The stress alone is life-threatening.

    Do you have help with your health? What are your support resources?

  5. T3, I sincerely hope things get better for you and your family. Reading your posts hardens my resolve. We won’t stop fighting this madness!

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