Cape Breton Post
Carmen Krogh, an Ontario-based retired pharmacist with more than 40 years of experience in the health field, spoke to a group of about 200 people gathered at the Bras d’Or Parish Hall. The Hillside Boularderie and Area Concerned Citizens Group arranged to have Krogh give a presentation as wind developer Natural Forces Inc. is seeking environment approval to construct three wind turbines in the area.
Krogh said one Canadian community that has experienced problems in health related to large scale turbines is the Township of Melancthon in Ontario. “It had a lot of turbines,” said Krogh. “But they’re interspersed among family homes and that’s like putting an industrial facility among all the different residents. And Melancton has had a lot of issues.”
Krogh said low-frequency noise associated with the turbines is considered an annoyance or irritant to humans, and if a person is exposed to chronic and long-term exposure it can cause psychological and physiological damage. She said it’s her belief that industrial turbines should be located a minimum of two kilometres from nearby residences.
“This house was capturing low-frequency noise,” said Krogh. “That was demonstrated by a community-funded noise study. In Ontario, some people chipped in to do a noise study in some of the homes.” Krogh said even with five turbines shut down at night, the residents could not sleep in the house because low-frequency noise travels far, it’s not attenuated and can be captured in a residence. “The building vibrates and your body vibrates and five were shut down at night and eventually a person reached financial agreement with the industry developer, and now has a non-disclosure.” Read article