Kawartha Lakes to ask Province to re-evaluate noise levels, vibrations and setbacks of wind turbines

By Mary Riley, MyKawartha
City Wind turbine deputation alloted five minutes at council; turns into 90 minute discussion as City looks at asking for more study
(LINDSAY) What was supposed to be the usual five-minute deputation to City of Kawartha Lakes council turned into almost 90 minutes of discussion on wind turbines. About 20 people, many from the Pontypool area showed up in support of Dave Bridges and Paul Reid at the Nov. 22 meeting as they urged council to push the Province harder for more studies on the impact of wind turbines on human health. Read article

11 thoughts on “Kawartha Lakes to ask Province to re-evaluate noise levels, vibrations and setbacks of wind turbines

  1. “the Green Energy Act is about the future of the planet.”

    See, now local councillors can act important and not waste their time worrying about sewage projects and road upkeep – they’re saving the world!.

    • @ local council meetings.
      Educational – Children Welcome!

      Look what you missed:
      Coun. Luff said while he appreciates “Coun. Stauble’s commitment to her constituents…the Green Energy Act is about the future of the planet.”

      Hello – Jay Leno!
      “What do you call a paid political hack?”

      Waiting for an early reply.
      Thanks!

      • Oh I almost forgot!
        Re: Kawartha Lakes council meeting

        If you see the gentleman – that asked the question –
        “What do you call a paid political hack?”

        Shake his hand!
        Give him a pat of the back!

        Thanks!

    • Ha! So true. Instead of dealing with matters that they should know, they instead use the drivel handed out in a script . “Act locally, think globally” How many of these slogans are there?
      Some of the council need to understand that acting for their local interests is better globally for the future stability of their community. Rural Ontario is not responsible to provide everything for the globe, with disregard for the people living there. We provide
      aggregates, landfills, food and now need to risk health to provide a flimsy form of hydro.

    • See, now local Councillors can act important and not waste their time worrying about sewage projects and road upkeep – they’re saving the world!.

      Glad to see I’m not the only one who thinks this way…

  2. We will never be able to prove the health effects of the energy emissions from wind turbines if sound studies continue to concentrate on the sound magnitudes rather than the intensity ( sound energy) emitted by the turbine blades. This intensity, at the observer, fluctuates sharply as each blade passes the support column.

    The touch sensors in the skin are able to detect impacting energy and this causes a steady state response in the somatosensoty cortex. It has been suggested that the ‘sound like’ quality of the ‘annoyance’ (which correlates with the energy emitted by the generating towers) is either a sensation caused by this steady state or a referred response to the auditory cortex.
    For a host of reasons (e.g. earplugs do not work) it is not directly sensed through the ears.

    The University of Toronto has published papers in connection with transient and steady state responses in the human somatosensory cortex (e.g. Nangini et al, Neuroimage, 2006 Oct 15). This showed that physical stimuli at low frequencies with extensive intervals produce continuous steady state responses.
    A wind tower blade emits sound and the measured intensity at the observer peaks every ~800 milliseconds. The annoyance sensed by an observer, who is sensitised to ‘low frequency sound’ also peaks every 800 milliseconds directly at every blade pass.

    This coincidence requires investigation. My belief is that the sound like ‘annoyance’ caused by the towers is generated by the large fluctuations in the inaudible, fluctuations in the intensity of the emitted sound.

  3. You have to start at the begining to identify how many health cases there are in each location.For example the occurences of measles and the cause. Disease long known but cause was unknown for centuries.
    1. Identify the number of cases in any given location. Was a common health problem anyway.
    2. Then the cause was determined which took a very long time.
    3. Vaccine was made
    In the case of IWTs we are still at step one and need to stop the IWTs
    Step 2 involves the determination of what causes the IWT health problems
    Step 3 is unnecessary in dealing with IWTs
    People are being sold the idea that health studies should begin with step 2. The proceedures for dealing with step one are already in place. Step 2 can’t be done until step 1 is done.
    Measles maybe not such a good example but you get the point

    • Barbara,
      I hear what you are saying – but!

      – we have elected officials @ the local level making remarks like this:
      [excerpt] Coun. Luff said while he appreciates “Coun. Stauble’s commitment to her constituents…the Green Energy Act is about the future of the planet.”

      It seems, that it has become a choice – as demonstrated here –
      who’s more important – citizens (people) –
      or, the future of the planet?

      Should I go on?
      Or, do you get it?

      p.s. I’m creeped out!
      p.s. I speaking in my indoor voice!

    • Barbara,
      Defining what constitutes a case of Measles is relatively straightforward. but with the range of effects caused by the absorption of sound energy impacting on recipients it is not so easy.
      The common thread in the impacts seems to be the ‘low frequency sound’ annoyance, This is a ‘sound or vibration like’ response sensation. It has to be a major effect from the impacting sound intensity on some part of the body. This vibro-tactile response is apparently universal but induces a very wide range of response levels and referred symptoms.
      I agree that It is necessary to research the penetration of annoyance in the population in relation to the sound generated, but the range of secondary responses must surely follow.

      Henry

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