By Troy Patterson, Owen Sound Sun Times
Some complaints about health effects from wind farms may be due to stray electrical voltage, Kincardine council heard recently.
Ripley’s David Colling, an electrical pollution tester, has tested more than 300 homes and farms within four Ontario wind projects over the last five years. He has worked with other experts in Canada and the United States and is now convinced many wind power health problems stem from either electrical pollution caused turbine distribution systems or low-frequency noise created by the blades.
He said people from Ripley, Bruce Township and Shelburne have fallen ill to what he called wind turbine syndrome and electrohypersensitivity.
He said people have had to shut their power off, or in the worst cases, move from their homes. In some cases people have been unable to sell their homes.
“We have four empty homes in Ripley due to this,” he said, adding the wind company has attempted to resolve the issue by burying power lines, but with limited effect.
“And I know more people out there who are sick,” he said. “I didn’t ask for this. I just happened to be dropped into an area where it’s happening.”
Colling gave a detailed presentation with photos and figures to back up his claims, along with examples of electrical tests he’s done in the area.
Coun. Ron Coristine said he found the presentation “deeply troubling” and said the data should be used to continue the wind power debate in the area.
“As long as there is a debate, it’s our responsibility to engage in it,” said Coristine. “It’s not good enough for us to ignore this. We shouldn’t have to be an electrical engineer to protect ourselves from electricity.”