Norfolk Councilors question wind developers

Council was lied to about BSC consultation

An open house with Capital Power officials will be held at the Jarvis Community Centre on Mon., Jan. 31 and at the Port Dover Community Centre on Tues., Feb. 1, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. both days.

By Daniel Pearce, Brantford Expositor
Norfolk’s elected officials put the developers of a proposed wind farm east of Port Dover on the hot seat last night, raising questions about the impact the turbines will have on the environment and the people who live nearby. Continue reading

International Power finally agrees to look at the Norfolk victims

by Daniel Pearce, Simcoe Reformer

The company that owns the wind farm in the west end of Norfolk says it will undertake an infrasound study in the Clear Creek area to determine if its turbines generate low-level frequencies that nearby residents insist are sickening them. Continue reading

Mayor to request Norfolk County be subject of wind turbine health study

by Ashley DeGroote,

Norfolk County wants to put itself at the forefront of a medical study into the effects of wind turbines. Former Green Party candidate, Stephana Johnston says half of the residents within 3 kilometers of the Clear Creek, Cultus and Frogmore wind facilities say their health is suffering from these turbines, it makes that area a prime spot for a study. Johnston says epidemiological research is being done by University of Waterloo into these health effects and we need to get involved.

Councillor Harold Sonnenberg says it’s evident that these people feel they’re suffering because of the turbines, so it’s something council needs to take a good look at. Mayor Travale will be writing to the doctor heading up the study to ask them to consider using our area.

Norfolk Councillor: “It’s lunacy with a capital ‘L.'”

Stephana Johnson

Norfolk Council supports moratorium

By Barbara Simpson, Simcoe Reformer

Waterford Coun. Harold Sonnenberg stole the wind out of Norfolk Council’s sails last night, stating he will not be supporting any future industrial wind turbine projects.

His disdain highlights a change in direction about the alternative energy source in council chambers. Last night, Norfolk council approved a motion to support a moratorium on the erection of any industrial wind turbines until rigorous scientific research has been conducted. The county will be joining 58 Ontario municipalities and 410 European organizations of the European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW) who are seeking a moratorium. Continue reading

Can a new noise bylaw be used against turbines?

By Daniel Pearce, Simcoe Reformer

Residents in the west end of Norfolk are calling on council to use its new noise bylaw to put a stop to the wind turbines next to them that they say are ruining their health.

In a presentation to elected officials Tuesday night, Stephana Johnston outlined the health problems residents, including herself, face due to the constant rotation of the towers’ propellers: headaches, sleeplessness, muscle twitching.

“At times it sounds like a 747 flying overhead. For others it’s a whoosh,” said Johnston, a retired school teacher who has had to rent a room in Delhi to sleep at night. “It’s an invasion of our peace and tranquility. It’s impossible to sell our properties.” Continue reading