Grey County wants wind turbine moratorium

By Denis Langlois, Sun Timesgrey county, Owen Sound

Grey County wants the province to slap an immediate moratorium on wind turbine developments in Ontario.

Nine of 13 councillors at Tuesday’s county council meeting supported the call for the indefinite freeze until further studies provide “conclusive” evidence related to the impact of the industrial machines on human health.

The motion, presented by Hanover Deputy-mayor Bob White, was prompted by the findings of a report by local medical officer of health Dr. Hazel Lynn and research assistant Dr. Ian Arra that concluded turbines cause distress among people who live close by.

“What’s the sense of putting all these things up right now, these wind turbines? Let’s face it, there’s hundreds of them in Grey County and they’re going up pretty fast. Let’s take a look to see if there is an adverse condition before we put anymore up,” White said in an interview after the council meeting wrapped up.

“Somewhere down the road, you might say, God, we should have done this a long time ago. By stopping them we could have stopped people from having this sort of condition.” White said he is not suggesting wind turbines make people ill, but said Lynn’s report should warrant a more thorough examination of the link between turbines and health.

Chatsworth Mayor Bob Pringle at first moved a two-part motion to encourage the “expedient” peer review of Lynn’s study and to request a moratorium. He later split the motion, saying he would support taking a preliminary step before calling for a moratorium.

Support for the peer review motion passed unanimously. White moved the moratorium motion, which was seconded by Grey Highlands Deputy-mayor Paul McQueen, after Pringle opted not to.  Continue reading

9 thoughts on “Grey County wants wind turbine moratorium

  1. The disciplined review and presentation by Dr. Lynn and Dr. Arra was a valuable step forward. Although, as reported, three studies found a dose response with respect to distance, all studies found an association, and no study found “no effect” on people, it may nevertheless take decades to prove a direct causal link. As Dr. Lynn notes, such prolonged emergence of proof was the case with tobacco.
    The continued public dialogue about valid issues such as audible sound, infrasound, visual impact, real-estate devaluation, power costs, difficulties in grid management etc. is fully justified. However, unfortunately, it diverts attention from the most important point of all. Wind Power in Ontario has not, and will not, displace any significant amount on coal (of which we burn very little anyway). Adding more and more Wind Power will increasingly lead to replacement of Nuclear Generation with natural gas, thus causing Ontario’s CO2 emissions to increase. Simply put, Wind Power in Ontario does not provide any significant benefit to the Environment, and in fact works against it. This assessment is based upon readily-available facts.

  2. Shame on these personages: “West Grey Mayor Kevin Eccles, the area’s Liberal candidate in the last provincial election in 2011, voted against the moratorium request, along with Grey Highlands Mayor Wayne Fitzgerald, Southgate Mayor Brian Milne and Southgate Deputy-mayor Norm Jack.” We gave our vote and this is the “Thanks”. Politics above the people. Shame, shame, shame….Eccles, you just lost my respect.

  3. Remind the voters at election time, so that they can be suitably rewarded for their lack of concern about their constituents. Their true colours have been exposed, and you can deal with them now, in an appropriate manner.

  4. Where are all the Con MPs? Hiding behind the scenes so people don’t think they’re loons? Pretty shameful, in my books.

    “Windstreak seeks arbitration in $475 million NAFTA claim”
    by John Spears, Toronto Star
    http://www.thestar.com/business/2013/02/28/windstream_seeks_arbitration_in_475_million_nafta_claim.html

    [excerpt] “A statement from the ministry of energy said officials are working with the federal government to assess Windstream’s application for arbitration.”

    !!! Why are the provincial and federal governments working together to address problems with THESE provincial wind turbines, but not others?

    • ‘[excerpt] A court struck down Trillium’s lawsuit, but the company has appealed that ruling.’

      Too bad – ‘appeal’ –
      it sits and lingers – unsupportable.

    • The Fat – in the matter –
      …………died a business man – declined comment.
      But –
      not after saying – ‘We will work the federal government…….’

      ‘[excerpt] Energy minister Bob Chiarelli declined comment.

      A statement from the ministry of energy said officials are working with the federal government to assess Windstream’s application for arbitration.

      “We will work the federal government to defend this action in the interests of Ontarians,” it said.’

      Can someone shed some light?

  5. Schizophrenic action – or, ‘good behavior’ ??????
    – maybe nobody noticed
    God – ?
    ‘[excerpt] “Somewhere down the road, you might say, God, we should have done this a long time ago. By stopping them we could have stopped people from having this sort of condition.” White said he is not suggesting wind turbines make people ill, but said Lynn’s report should warrant a more thorough examination of the link between turbines and health.’

    This should cause a big controversy – you would think.

    • So much of the information available now should be halting this scam IMMEDIATELY! But the forces trying to protect the fatcat investors, are struggling to stay afloat. Luckily for us, the weight of all of these issues, is bound to sink them sooner than later.

  6. All who voted against a moratorium in Grey County lost their bid to do so. Eccles, mayor of West Grey and obviously more importantly > Liberal party candidate who talks out both sides of his face, Fitzgerald who has heard from people who are sick from turbines in his own GD municipality of Grey Highlands and who disappears to go on holiday for weeks at a time even during budget discussions and Brian Milne and Norm Jacks of Southgate are working hard to load the township with turbines and garbage disposal, fighting their own constituents all the way < you are all going to be FIRED in the next election. Start looking for replacements now folks. These bastards are lower than the industry trying to rape your community.

    The most important point of all for people who are being tortured by turbines is their health. And we until it's remedied, we will keep hollering about it.

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