By Sarah Sutter, Kincardine News
A report given by a representative from Enbridge on the effects of local wind farms drew criticism from councilors, who accused the company of providing misleading information on the impact of industrial wind turbines. Ian MacRobbie, general manager of Enbridge Ontario Wind Power in Kincardine, delivered a delegation at a Dec. 19 following presentations made before by Health Affected Residents Meeting (HARM) in November. MacRobbie, who admitted the company perhaps was not sufficiently responsive to concerns in the past, said Enbridge cares deeply about the community and strives to be a good neighbour. He cited Enbridge’s relocating of power lines, planting trees to provide visual barriers to the turbines and investigating light shields as examples of “good neighbour” behaviours.
“These actions cost significant amounts of money,” MacRobbie said. “I believe we have acted in good faith and made good progress.” MacRobbie also spoke to the company’s complaint resolution process, and said all complaints are responded to within 24 hours, though resolution could take longer. “We take all health concerns very seriously,” he said. “We advise that all health concerns be reported to the Ministry of the Environment.”
MacRobbie said submission of anonymous complaints presented certain difficulties in finding resolutions. “It’s a challenge when we are unsure where the complaint is coming from,” he said. A chart presented by MacRobbie indicated Enbridge had received 32 complaints since the company’s wind turbines went into operation in 2008-2009.
Deputy mayor Anne Eadie said while that number might be relatively small, any number of complaints was enough to raise concern. “The people affected may be a small percentage of the people,” Eadie said. “Many residents are fine. People say it’s just a few complaining, but we care about everybody. We’re not going to let go and neglect some of our residents because most of the people are fine.” Read article