Federation of Canadian Municipalities Calls for Measures

71 municipalities indicated support

Picton, ON – The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) National Board of Directors has adopted the County of Prince Edward resolution of December 2008, regarding the public health implications of industrial wind turbines.  FCM has advised the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health and the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities of its adoption of the resolution, and requested the federal government to undertake measures to assess the latest research and provide results on the health impact of low frequency noise and electrical and electromagnetic disturbances of industrial wind turbines. Continue reading

We cannot accept this for rural Ontario

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Home in Shelbourne Vacated Due to Turbine Noise/Vibrations

Many welcomed “green energy” into their community although some felt unease at a 400 foot tower with its massive base being placed so close to their home. They were reassured by the wind company that the turbines were as quiet as a whisper in a library and would be no trouble.

First comes the construction period with loads and loads of concrete, steel, transportation of massive turbine parts, new transmission lines, access roads and transformer stations.

Then the turbines start up. Continue reading

New York Radio Interview with Dr. McMurtry and Carmen Krough

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Click here to Listen to Newsmaker Kevin Doran WLEA Interview with Dr. Robert McMurtry and Carmen Krough

Police Called In as Angry Crowd Given More Lip Service

By Denis Langlois Owen Sound Times

Medical officer of health Dr. Hazel Lynn told a crowd of angry citizens opposed to wind farms last night that she also has concerns about health effects of the giant turbines, but lacks the power to alter green-energy legislation.

“I certainly appreciate the fact that people are suffering and I want to know why and what to do about it,” she said during an information meeting at the Grey Bruce Health Unit.

However Lynn told the crowd of about 120 that their anger and frustration is aimed at the wrong people because the health unit has no influence over new Green Energy Act rules aimed at streamlining the construction of wind farms.

Keynote speaker Dr. Ray Copes echoed Lynn’s comments as the crowd grew increasingly frustrated. Continue reading

Question: Was Nina Pierpont’s book peer-reviewed?

Jack P. Goellner, Director Emeritus, John Hopkins University Press

Jack P. Goellner, Director Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University Press

No, it was not,” say the wind turbine Salesmen.   “Oh yes it was!” responds this man. 

Who is this man?  He is a legend in the publishing world.  Especially the world of scholarly publishing.  (It’s a safe bet that Mr. Goellner understands more about peer review than a wind turbine salesmen, don’t you think?)

For more than twenty years, Mr. Goellner was Director of the Johns Hopkins University Press, the oldest university press in America (founded 1878).  During his tenure, JHUP became a world leader, celebrated, among other fields, for its medical publishing—a tradition which subsequent directors have carried forward.  Continue reading

Wind Industry Under Scrutiny by Health Canada

“Health Canada advises that this statement be revised to indicate that there are peer reviewed scientific articles indicating that wind turbines may have an adverse impact on human health.”

Source:  Health Canada’s response to the Digby Wind Power Project Addendum,
Digby, Nova Scotia. Author: Safe Environments Program, Regions and Programs Branch, Health Canada

Despite overwhelming worldwide evidence and hundreds of health impact statements from victims of wind turbine syndrome, the wind industry likes to tell people that “there is no peer-reviewed scientific evidence indicating wind turbines have an adverse impact on human health” (this statement is taken directly from actual applications for approval to build industrial wind turbines).

Health Canada disagrees.  Furthermore, Health Canada provides specific references to these studies.  Health Canada also identifies statements in these applications which they deem “misleading.” Continue reading

Adverse health effects from wind turbines in Sweden and the Netherlands

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Two noise surveys from Europe are frequently cited by energy industry defenders as evidence that there are no ill health effects found in people living near industrial wind turbines. The applicability of these surveys to most proposed and recently built facilities, however, is very limited. And in fact, their findings of significant annoyance at low sound levels and small relatively turbines suggest reason for concern. Annoyance from noise, by the way, is an adverse health effect, according to the World Health Organization (“Guidelines for Community Noise”, 1999), as is disturbed sleep, which can lead to many physical and psychological symptoms. Continue reading

Sound Familiar, Ontario? Same Tactics, Same Consequences

Barry_Wind_Turbine_Comic_StripnLow_Res[1]The War Over Wind:   Critics Say Green Groups are Too Tight With Industry

What also troubles Barry is that various Wisconsin “green” groups have, in her opinion, downplayed environmental and human health concerns in their quest for renewable wind energy. They also seem far too willing to ride roughshod over the concerns of local communities.

If SB-185 passes, the PSC will be charged with considering human health and safety, as well as environmental issues, when setting development standards. The bill will make it much harder to actually stop a proposed project, by putting the onus on local communities to prove that a new wind facility will be a problem.    Read entire article here

Wind Turbine Syndrome – Jess Dancer, Professor Emeritus of Audiology

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Jess Dancer, EdD, is professor emeritus of audiology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and can be contacted at jedancer@ualr.edu

Recently I received an e-mail with an attached article on noise pollution and its many effects. My correspondent commented that she had run across articles about possible health problems, including tinnitus, associated with wind turbines and wind farms. “Some of them,” she wrote, “are scary and really make you think twice about the safety of this alternate energy source.” Continue reading

Canadian Hydro Developers Buys Six Unlivable Homes and Gags Sellers

voiceless_altAccording to the land registry office in Orangeville (documentation available on request), six homes in Dufferin County have been purchased by Canadian Hydro Developers after serious complaints; most recently June 26th, 2009 the Ashbee home. 

Before these families could escape the nightmare of their unliveable homes, they had to agree to sign strict nondisclosure contracts (gag-orders) to protect the wind company.   This wind company has spent over $1.75 million dollars clandestinely buying out these six families yet they still try to claim there were no complaints. Continue reading

Farmers flee as turbines trigger despair

Art by Paul Bloomer, The Money Counters

Art by Paul Bloomer, The Money Counters

Lauren Wilson, The Australian  

FOR 35 years, Noel and Janine Dean lived on a small western Victorian farm, where they raised crops, cattle and three children.

They planned to spend the rest of their lives on that lush, green plot of land, but that would change three years ago, when an executive driving a red BMW approached the gates of their property, wound down his window and asked: “You got anything against wind farms?” Continue reading

Interview with Dr. Michael A. Nissenbaum

Download Dr. Nissenbaum’s Presentation of Preliminary Findings to the Maine Medical Association

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Hell on Earth in Australia

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A Current Affair, Australia:   We expose the truth about Australia’s green energy revolution as we meet people bombarded by turbines that are making them sick and sending their house values plummeting.

A Current Affair (or ACA) is a long running Australian current affairs program, broadcast week nights on the Nine Network.

Migraine Turbine Connection

Sleep Deprivation at the Port Alma Kruger Project

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August 4th 3 am – No sleeping with this noise

It is 3am and there is no sleeping going on at this house! As I type, I am waiting on the line for the Spill Action Centre to enter my complaint so that I can get a confirmation number and my little one is crying for me to come and “snuggle him” because he is also awake from the turbine noise and complains to “turn off the fan”…when I went to bed tonight at 11:30, I could not believe how loud the “woosh, woosh” sound was even over the ceiling fan turning in the bedroom.  Tonight is one of the loudest we have heard in a while.  Continue reading

Another Ontario Family Driven from their Home

Update to this story, See:  Natural Resources Canada Eco-Bullies

So whatever happened to Barbara Lormand and Dennis Lormand?   The picture shows it all. They have finally been driven from their home.

Read the Hansard transcript from Barbara Ashbee’s Testamony to the Green Energy Act Standing Committee.       After pleading with Laurel Broten, Peter Tabuns, Carol Mitchell and others on the committee, Barbara and her husband Dennis have finally had to abandon their home.     These same politicians continue to push for more wind development in populated areas of rural Ontario.

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OFCA: Stop the Turbines Until Health Study Conducted

By Hugo Rodrigues, SENTINEL-REVIEW  

The Oxford County Federation of Agriculture is adding its voice to those calling for a freeze on wind-farm developments in this county.   Read entire story here:  oxfordreview.com

Bluewater supports wind turbine health impact study

Published – Jul 15th, 2009 By Ben Forrest Exeter Times Advocate

VARNA – A committee consisting of most Municipality of Bluewater councillors voted Monday to support the notion of a study into the health impacts of wind energy developments. Continue reading

Controversy Over Wind Power is Blowing Up in Southwestern Ontario

Wind debate won’t blow away: Opposition over alternative projects is growing across the country

By Randy Richmond    The London Free Press

As the province begins to fine-tune its new Green Energy Act, the controversy over wind power is blowing up in Southwestern Ontario again.

In Middlesex County, worried residents have asked the Environment Ministry for a full environmental assessment of a 40-turbine project north west of Strathroy.

In Huron County, the local federation of agriculture is calling for a moratorium on projects pending results of an epidemiological study on wind power’s health effects. Continue reading

Queen’s University Wolfe Island Health Study

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Wolfe Island Ferry Dock

Sarah Boesveld – Globe and Mail

By now, the residents of Wolfe Island, Ont., are getting used to the whirr and thump of wind turbines overhead. By next year, they’ll get a glimpse of whether those whirrs and thumps could be damaging their health.

Researchers at nearby Queen’s University have embarked on the first study to probe whether wind turbines built over communities can cause adverse health effects. The study measures residents’ health and well-being before the turbines arrived on the island, again when the turbines were built but not yet operational and again after they’d been operating for a few months. Continue reading

Symptoms Identical in Japan

Physorg.com     By Noriyuki Yoshida and Koichi Yasuda

Wind power generation is expected to be a clean and environmentally friendly natural energy source, but a new kind of environmental problem has surfaced as infrasonic waves caused by windmills are suspected of causing health problems for some people. Continue reading

Call for Gerretsen’s Resignation

The following ad appeared in the Kingston Whig Standard July 4th, 2009:

Which Community Will Be Next, Courtesy of John Gerretsen?

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Ontarians are suffering serious health problems because industrial wind turbines are placed too close to homes.

You are responsible for this disgraceful state of affairs as Minister of the Environment.  How could this have happened Mr. Gerretsen? Continue reading

Huron County Federation of Agriculture: “We need better regulations to protect farm families.”

The Huron County Federation of Agriculture will be visiting municipalities throughout Huron County asking them to follow Huron East’s lead by passing interim control bylaws on commercial wind energy projects within their borders. Continue reading

Report from Leading British Sleep Specialist, Dr. Christopher Hanning

“In my expert opinion, from my knowledge of sleep physiology and a review of the available research, I have no doubt that wind turbine noise emissions cause sleep disturbance and ill health.”

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Dr. C. Hanning

Leading British sleep specialist, Dr. Christopher Hanning, explains the profound repercussions of wind turbines disrupting sleep—a matter the wind turbine salesman at your last town meeting, along with the wind industry in general, refuse to acknowledge, much less address in any realistic manner.  Having reviewed a considerable body of clinical evidence (Note:  Wind salesmen and Acousticians are not Clinicians), Hanning calls for setbacks of at least 1.5 km (1 mile).  Nina Pierpont, MD, PhD, would consider that inadequate.  She calls for 2 km = 1.24 mi.

Download full report here: Wind Turbine Noise and Sleep

I’m worried about the health of my island neighbours

Kingston Whig Standard

Amidst accolades surrounding the completion of the Wolfe Island wind turbines, a friend and I just took our first trip of the season to my small property on Simcoe Island. Continue reading

The McGuinty Liberals ignored them and built more wind turbine complexes

Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin

On November 24, 2004, the McGuinty Liberals proudly announced the results of its Request for Proposals for 300 megawatts of renewable energy. With noise guidelines developed from the advice of the wind energy industry the McGuinty Liberals started their assault on rural Ontario families.

Soon emerged the first of many reports which described families suffering from adverse health effects related to wind turbine complexes.

What did the McGuinty Liberals do in response to these reports? The McGuinty Liberals ignored them and built more wind turbine complexes. Continue reading

Dr. Irvin Wolkoff on wind turbines

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Toronto Sun    By Lorrie Goldstein
Toronto doctor warns that, if not properly controlled, the noise from wind turbines could make people sick — literally.

Since the debate over wind turbines and whether they negatively impact on human health is heating up in Ontario, let’s talk to an expert on the relationship between noise and stress.

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Wind Turbines – Proposed Requirements and Setbacks

Download New Final Regulations Here

(From Ontario MOE website)   Download Detailed Proposed Regulations Here Continue reading

Minnesota Department of Health: Public Health Impacts of Wind Turbines

Download here:  Public Health Impacts of Wind Turbines

h_logoPrepared by: Minnesota Department of Health, Environmental Health Division

In response to a request from: Minnesota Department of Commerce,
Office of Energy Security

Recommendations 

  • Wind turbine noise estimates should include cumulative impacts (40-50 dB(A) isopleths) of all wind turbines.
  • Isopleths for dB(C) — dB(A) greater than 10 dB should also be determined to evaluate the low frequency noise component.
  • Potential impacts from shadow flicker and turbine visibility should be evaluated.
  • Any noise criteria beyond current state standards used for placement of wind turbines should reflect priorities and attitudes of the community.

Owen Sun Times Cartoon – AIM Powergen

Mr. Jay Wilgar, AIM Vice President became quite irate when citizens wanted answers to the health issues.    He insisted the meeting was strictly for "visual assessment".

Mr. Jay Wilgar, Vice President of AIM Powergen became quite irate when citizens wanted answers to health questions. He insisted the meeting was strictly for "visual assessment" and threatened to shut down the meeting if they persisted in asking those types of questions.