By Lisa Gervais, Lindsay Post
KAWARTHA LAKES -Ward 16 Coun. Heather Stauble said the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal may have ruled that industrial wind farms in Chatham-Kent will not cause serious harm to human health, but it did acknowledge there is merit to further research being conducted.
Stauble and other anti-wind factions are quoting one line from the findings that: “however, the evidence shows that there are some risks and uncertainties associated with wind turbines that merit further research. In that regard, the tribunal hopes that further debate focuses on the most appropriate standards rather than ‘yes or no’ arguments about whether turbines can cause harm.”
Stauble said the tribunal’s words are in line with the recent findings of the Australian Senate Inquiry into the social and economic impact of rural wind farms -that called specifically on the Australian government to fund an independent epidemiological health study regarding health concerns relating to wind turbines.
She said it also goes against Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and AWE/CanWea industrial wind lobby who said, in 2009-2010, that no additional research was needed.
Meanwhile, Stauble will be hosting a town hall information meeting on Thursday, August 18 at the Manvers Arena (Hwy. 7A & 35) beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Laura Israel’s documentary film “Windfall” will be shown. The film looks at both sides of wind energy development when the residents of a rural upstate New York town consider going green. “Windfall” is an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival and Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival and won the Grand jury Prize at DOC NYC.