‘I’m not interested in being a guinea pig,’ says resident, citing health concerns of turbines
By Dave Seglins, CBC News
A rural Ontario couple is heading to court to halt development of a large wind farm near the shores of Lake Huron – at least until Health Canada completes a new two-year study on the potential risks of living next to industrial wind turbines.
Lawyers for Shawn and Trish Drennan sent notice Monday to the Ontario government announcing they are seeking an injunction against expanding the Kingsbridge 2 wind farm near Goderich, Ont., by Alberta-based Capital Power.
They argue that in light of Health Canada’s announcement in July to study the health of 2,000 residents across Canada who live near wind farms, all construction should be stopped on the 140 turbines set to go up near the Drennans’ farm — several of which would be located within 700 metres of their home.
“There is no real set understanding how these things are going to affect people and I’m not interested in being a guinea pig!” Shawn Drennan told CBC News in an interview at his farm in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh Township.
Some of Ontario’s first industrial wind turbines were erected within 300 to 400 metres from people’s homes. After complaints, the government changed its regulations to require a setback distances of at least 550 metres.
But Shawn Drennan says he’s worried about the health of his family, as well as the effect turbine noise and vibrations could have on his livestock and soil, fearing it will kill off moles and earth worms that he says are vital to his “no-till” soil and acreage.
“Until they have the final results, they should have a moratorium,” he said. read more