By Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer
Health Canada’s decision to conduct a study to evaluate the relationship between wind turbine noise and potential health effects comes too late, says a Lambton County wind energy opponent. Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said Tuesday the federal government wants to look at health effects reported by people living near wind power developments.
“The study is in response to questions from residents living near wind farms about possible health effects of low frequency noise generated by wind turbines,” Aglukkaq said.
The study will focus, initially, on a sample size of 2,000 homes picked from eight to 12 locations in Canada. The results are expected in 2014.
“There’s our problem right there,” said Marcelle Brooks, a member of the Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group. “Most of these projects are going to be up and running within the next year, to year and a half.”
Her group opposes a 92-turbine Jericho Wind Energy Centre NextEra Energy plans to build in Lambton Shores and Warwick Township. The company is holding a public meeting July 17, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Centennial Hall in Watford.
“That’s a real problem for us,” Brooks said about the federal study’s timing, but she added it will be “a step in the right direction, as long as it’s an independent survey and they really do look honestly at this issue.” Read article