St. Columban wind project causing strife with resident’s health

health hazardSeaforth Huron Expositor
During a community liaison meeting in Seaforth at Huron East’s town hall, an engineer who works on several turbines in St. Columban admitted to the public that most statements made by consultants that residents will “never hear” the large fans are dishonesties.

It was a full community conference with almost every chair filled in the council chambers joined by the HEAT group, Veresen Inc., Huron East council members and a few locals. For all those who came, coffee, donuts and a fruit tray were available free of charge. The voice of the HEAT, Jeanne Melady and Gerry Ryan were front-row ready with pens and paper. The two have been present at three out of the last four Huron East council meeting. They expressed their needs to the political gang numerous times, a primary concern was that HEAT did not know who to call. Today was the day to move forward and be heard by the wind turbine company. At a previous council meeting, Huron East was optimistic and sure several questions would be answered at this function.

Dennis Mueller, a representative for the community liaison committee started the two-hour session by directing questions and complaints from members of 14 households that live near these wind turbines. These inquiries were aimed at Veresen Inc. and the senior engineer. Mueller put all these objections on a screen so the public could view these alleged accusations. Read article

8 thoughts on “St. Columban wind project causing strife with resident’s health

  1. This is a well written report of that meeting. Having witnessed it, I am so impressed with the people of conscience whose names are mentioned in this article, as they did their utmost to get answers from the acoustician and the representative from Veresen.
    I hope the forthcoming answers that were promised at that meeting will be made public as well.
    I’m going to post a recent press release from Professor Richard Mann at the University of Waterloo who has recently received funding to study infrasound from wind turbines.

  2. News Release: Richard Mann University of Waterloo November 11, 2015

    I first became interested in infrasound in May 2013 after reading a paper by Carmen Krogh dealing with adverse health effects caused by Industrial Wind Turbines. Infrasound refers to sound waves below the range of human hearing. Infra sound comes from a number of man-made sources including HVAC systems, industrial machinery, moving vehicle cabins, and energy generation (wind turbines, gas plants).
    I was surprised that very little study had been done on this subject and the effects on humans. What information has been published has largely been ignored by both governments and the wind industry. While low frequency noise and infra sound are believed to impact human health, there are currently no standards for infra sound exposure. In most cases, low frequency sound is simply ignored.
    I began researching ways to record infrasound and in joint experiments with a colleague at Waterloo we developed a method of isolating infrasound from a single wind turbine and measuring it free from the “clutter” of other turbines, wind noise Etc.
    Our work was presented at the INCE/EUROPE Wind Turbine Noise conference in Glasgow, Scotland, in April, 2015.
    I have been fortunate to have recently received approval of seed funding from both the School of Computer Science and Office of Research such that I will be able to purchase the necessary equipment and hire student research assistants allowing this research to go forward.
    The focus of my research is as follows.
    1 Develop the best possible methods and systems for measurement of infrasound in general and specifically that generated by Industrial Wind Turbines.
    2 Develop methods and standards for analysis of information gathered both in our lab and in conjunction with other interested researchers.
    3 Create infra sound in a lab setting to a documented duplicate of that generated by wind turbines and other man made devices.
    4 Enable future testing on humans, by others with appropriate medical training and ethics approval, with the goal of establishing safe exposure levels.
    5 Share the results of this research with others in the scientific community.
    The number of manmade sources of infrasound continues to grow among us and the health and safety of individuals presently appears to be secondary to profit in the proliferation of these products. It will be of great benefit to society if we can establish safe levels of infrasound exposure and evolve associated emissions standards.
    Richard Mann University of Waterloo November 11, 2015

  3. I want to do my job the best I can, I can’t commit to turning turbines off, that’s way above my pay level, but if there is an issue with a turbine, it’s my job to turn them off,” said Hayles.
    Well Hayes your authorize by this author who actually has the authority to say so.
    A living being created by our creator and not a legal fiction citizen standing in truth!
    But of course you will refuse to do so even though you are causing harm by allowing these turbines to continue its harm to our creators creation,men women and our future,our children
    Supreme law is DO NO HARM
    There are enough living witnesses to tell you so!! Do your f n job !!!

  4. Sunday’s Alberta announcement of an agreement to a carbon tax/cap-and-trade with the oil industry spills over into Ontario.

    Oil companies have renewable energy projects with high FITs and very likely carbon off-sets that can be used in Alberta. So Ontarians can pay for this.

    Calgary Herald, Nov.22, 2015
    ‘Alberta launches $3 billion climate change strategy with carbon tax’

    Google the article if the above link doesn’t work.

  5. “What did Suncor tell the shareholders?”

    Key take-aways:
    – NOT all business deal in DISHONESTY.

    ‘[excerpt] During a community liaison meeting in Seaforth at Huron East’s town hall, an engineer who works on several turbines in St. Columban admitted to the public that most statements made by consultants that residents will “never hear” the large fans are DISHONESTIES.’ [emphasis added]

    ‘[excerpt] Ian Bonsma is one of senior engineers for the turbines that are stationed in St. Columban. He told the public that these issues have been a common occurrence for most of the wind projects throughout the province.

    “Every project has complaints, my sort of reasoning or philosophy is turbines that are going into rural areas typically don’t have background levels of 40 decibels. They often have 30 decibels. So you’re going to hear them,” explained Bonsma.

    “In 2004 and 2006 there were a number of projects where the consultant said you’ll never hear them, (that’s a) lie.”

    The crowd in the seats shouted out an uproar after these comments by Bonsma, the meeting became a back and forth questionnaire between the community and the ones involved with the wind turbines. The inquiries also began to shift towards the people in the crowd. Ryan noticed that Jose Menendez, St. Columban Energy LP’s vice-president was present. The devoted HEAT member turned towards Menendez and asked him why there were noise issues, because Ryan alleged that he said prior to the development of the wind turbines that they would not generate noise.

    “I suggest you direct your questions at them,” responded Menendez.

    “Why are you here tonight then sir,” Ryan said in a stern tone.

    “I’m curious what’s happening in the community,” replied Menendez who was about four chairs away from Ryan.

    David Hayles, the operations coordinator for the St. Columban Wind Project clarified to everybody in attendance that these concerns will be reviewed case by case. He said the Ministry of Environment has approved the sound levels, which can only reach a maximum of 40 decibels. If the decibel level goes above those requirements, certain steps will be implemented to either fix the problem or shut the turbines off. To date none have been shut off due to complaints. Last week a sound test was implemented and to the wind company’s knowledge, the levels complied with the legal legislation.

    “I want to do my job the best I can, I can’t commit to turning turbines off, that’s way above my pay level, but if there is an issue with a turbine, it’s my job to turn them off,” said Hayles.

    This meeting was meant to engage with the community about their concerns pertaining the wind turbines. Hayles said he will bring these findings to his manager’s attention at the next company seminar. The next community liaison meeting is set for the spring of 2016.’

  6. Correction:

    Key take-aways:
    – NOT all businesses deal in dishonesty. “…

  7. Alberta oil & gas companies have renewable energy projects in Ontario where they get high FIT contracts and now they are likely to be able to get carbon credits from these projects as well.

    Now this is all gong to be on the backs of rural Ontarians with little effect on urban Ontario.

    Next it’s Canada’s pledge to contribute $2.65 billion to tackle climate change.
    Announced Nov.27,2015

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