Niagara This Week
A question raised by many people on either side of the wind turbine is why the turbines must be built on land. Offshore wind farms exist in other parts of the world, and in some ways they seem like an ideal solution to the problem of “not in my backyard.” Ontario boasts thousands of kilometres of shoreline along the Great Lakes and elsewhere, much of it thinly settled and not in specific demand for tourism.
More to the point, winds blowing over the Great Lakes tend to be more uniform and constant that those blowing over land. Yet, in early 2011, Ontario declared a moratorium on offshore turbines, citing a need for more research on the environmental and health impacts of offshore farms.
Since that time, various reports have been presented to the government, examining the potential effects of water-based turbines on wildlife, terrain and natural processes. The filed reports provide suggestions to reduce the impact of construction. They conclude that turbines built according to these safe practices would have minimal ongoing impact. Read article