By MARIA CALABRESE, North Bay Nugget | www.nugget.ca
Wind projects of more than 50 kilowatts that generate noise must be at least 550 metres from the nearest residence. The Trout Creek project would consist of up to four wind turbine generators each ranging from 1.5 to 3.0 megawatts, and a maximum sound level of 106 decibels. That’s about the same volume as a snowmobile or motorcycle.
Trout Creek residents are circulating a petition to call for a moratorium on wind projects, including one on nearby Crown land, until the impact on health and the environment are studied.
“I grew up here, and I just don’t feel this is going to be something positive for Trout Creek or Laurier Township,” Patricia Brown said Thursday during a break from distributing pamphlets promoting a public meeting next week. Brown said residents are unaware of the local project, and the meeting is meant to head off a similar event a week later organized by Schneider Power Inc., the California-based company behind the project.
Nipissing MP Jay Aspin and Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli, who are both scheduled to speak at the meeting, have called for a stop to proposed wind projects until Health Canada completes a study examining the risks to people living nearby. A call to Schneider Power was not returned Thursday. read article