Watford turbines under review

By Heather Wright, Sarnia This Week
WATFORD – The health effects of four wind turbines just outside of Watford will be under scrutiny at an Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal hearing in January. The Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group filed the appeal after provincial government approved Green Breeze Energy’s four turbine 10 megawatt project worth about $22 million. WAG’s lawyer, Eric Gillespie, says this is only the second time a project has been reviewed since the provincial government changed the Green Energy Act to allow appeals for “serious harm to human health.”

The hearing moved ahead Dec. 22, after the tribunal dismissed a motion from the Ministry of the Environment to call off the hearing. Lawyers suggested WAG didn’t provide enough information. The tribunal decided there was enough information to go ahead.

Gillespie says the main focus of the hearing will be the “numerous indirect health effects associated with wind turbines such as sleep disturbance, vertigo, nausea, headaches.”

There are many industrial wind farm projects about to begin in Lambton County, some with dozens of turbines. Gillespie expects the size of the Zephyr project will be brought up. But he says studies in the US have show the number of turbines in a neighbourhood is not a contributing factor to the problems.

“It doesn’t really seem to matter whether the project is two or three or maybe four turbines or a much large projects,” says Gillespie. “The effects of people living in close proximity seem to be the same no matter what the size of the project.

“A project down in Maine …in a place they were finding people feeling the effects more than 6,000 meters away from just three turbines.”

Gillespie says the tribunal has already recognized the problems associated with wind turbines but he says it may take many more rulings to convince the government to change distance restrictions on the projects.

“Whether it’s four turbines or forty turbines you are going to continue to see people raise concerns,” says Gillespie.

22 thoughts on “Watford turbines under review

  1. Re: Watford – history
    Hello Mr. Mayor – “Your community needs help” – hello – hello
    anybody there?

    Dan Wrightman post:
    This is how McGuinty and the Liberals operate. they campaign on being environmentally conscious and once in power give everything to big business and the hell with the the community environment. Check out these 2 links http://londoners.ca/welcome/article.php?story=20070122011412756
    When Maria Van Bommell first won her seat in LKM she and the Liberals ran on not expanding the bitterly contested dump expansion in Watford-Warwick. However once in power suprise, suprise the McGuinty government shoved the approval through and now Watford has the largest dump in Canada and hundreds of industrial turbines proposed for the surrounding area. Is it any wonder that Liberal is now considered a swear word in rural Ontario.

  2. I have need for information. Invenergy getting lease contracts signed by farmers near Tupperville. Does anyone know anything about it?

  3. Hi Free Thinker. Thanks for the links and I will take a look.

    I know I’m concerned. I have a personal stake in this. I do know of 1 lease that was signed for a property on Oldfield Line with the possibiity of at least 1 other. This is recent since my last visit in August. If this is new information, I hope we can do something about it.

  4. Thank you for your input. Is there a way to set this up as a separate topic so that Watford gets the attention its due? I hate to hijack the thread.

    • Full background interesting:

      Mr. Michael P. Polsky Founded Invenergy LLC in 2001 and serves as its President, Chief Executive Officer and Principal. Mr. Polsky serves as President of Hardee Power Partners Ltd. He founded SkyGen Energy LLC( a wholly owned subsidiary of Calpine Corporation) in 1991. He served as President of SkyGen Energy LLC and Senior Vice President of Calpine Corp. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the energy industry. He is widely recognized as a pioneer and an industry …

      Find your project here –

      Can you see – ‘the writing on the wall’ – the cabal is working together.
      Who wins the bid for the next ‘Gas Plant’ ? – We’re waiting!!!!!

      p.s. Hello – OPA – please leave message
      @ the sound of the tone – [intentionally blank]

      Ontario screwed by McGuinty!

      • The Raleigh project is nearly 40 km from the property I’m concerned about so this can’t be it. Are they speculating?

        PS. I hijacked this thread and need to ask that Watford gets the attention it deserves. Please no more on this until I can get a proper venue going.

      • Just record this information as more projects will need further information.
        UN Green Bonds Summit, Sept.24,2011, NYC
        Featured Attendees included:
        Mike Garland, CEO Pattern Energy Group
        Monte Kwinter, Parliamentry Assistant to Min.of Economic Development and Trade-Ontario, and MPP Ontario.
        Michael Polsky, CEO Invenergy.
        This trio aslo were Featured Attendees at the Sept.,2010 UN Summit,NYC

  5. There is no surprise in a three turbine project in Maine producing high annoyance at 6 kilometres.
    For a generating installation with a constant power output/ sound level , the relationship is that the fewer the towers the greater the sound fluctuations.
    Greater fluctuations cause greater energy levels supplied to the skin (i.e. intensity) and therefore the greater the annoyance.

    What we need is published research relating design to intensity – and then shows the correlation between these intensity levels with the consequential health effects.

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