By Don Crosby, Markdale Standard
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hazel Lynn said what she heard at Saturday’s symposium put on by Meaford Wind Concerns confirms for her that she still has doubts about the province’s energy policy.
“We know it disrupts people and communities. If it was a huge benefit to us environmentally and energywise I’d say well OK. I didn’t see it before and this has kind of confirmed it really there is no advantage energy wise for us either. So why are we doing it, said Lynn who came to hear about the technological and legal aspects of wind energy in Ontario.
Unfortunately Eric Gillespie who was supposed to provide the legal input was unable to attend to do a family crisis.
“I was kind of disappointed that the lawyer wasn’t here,” she said.
Lynn said the symposium pro-v
ided some valuable information about the wind energy program in the province.
“Basical ly this is not a hugely valuable piece of energy portfolio. It’s really expensive and probably isn’t saving our environment either,” she said.
She explained that her request for further health studies on the effects of wind turbines late last year came out of an investigation of a perceived hazard that she reported back to the Grey Bruce Health unit board of directors with a suggestion for further detailed studies.
“The place to do that is in an institution that does that. You don’t want the wind turbine people doing it nor do you want the people invested on the other side doing it. You need a university and that’s what’s happened,” Lynn said.
The University of Waterloo has been given a $5-million grant to study the health effects of wind turbines in Ontario.
“I’ve talked to the epidemioldoubts ogist who is a very well respected epidemiologist so hopefully it will be getting underway shortly,” Lynn said.
Lynn said she knew the province was contemplating such a study but didn’t hear any more about it until recently when she was suddenly contacted by the researchers and has been given a list of research projects involved in the study.
“I think they are going to have to compare apples to apples. So if you take a wind turbine with a capacity of two megawatts and one with one megawatt tower, they are going to be different. We know that from research in Europe, the bigger the tower and the higher it is, the more people are disrupted,” Lynn said.