The Kincardine Independant
Kincardine council has passed a motion to officially acknowledge the health problems reported by residents who live with in wind energy developments in the municipality.
The motion, introduced by councillor Ron Coristine, also confirms that the municipality is willing to continue talks with wind energy developers, the provincial government, other local governments, health agencies and residents affected by wind turbines to “develop effective mitigation measures.”
Mayor Larry Kraemer expressed concern over the wording of the motion. “We certainly don’t have the expertise to acknowledge health-related problems,” he said. “It could open us up to legal repercussions, in my opinion.”
Coristine countered that it is time the municipality recognized what is happening in its municipality. “Whether I’m a doctor or not is irrelevant,” he said. “People are telling us they are suffering from this and we’re acknowledging that.”
Council voted in favour of the motion, with just Kraemer and councillor Ken Craig voting against it.
Wind turbines majestically threshing the wind — what marvels of human engineering! To stand beneath one is breathtaking. To live near one can be hell on earth. So I have been told by countless people who suddenly find themselves grievously ill from the subtle yet devastating infrasonic jackhammer generated by these “clean, green, renewable energy” giants. Continue reading →
Re: Consumers hitting green ‘ceiling,’ Business, Sept. 28. In this article Tom Heintzman, president of Bullfrog Power, was quoted as saying: “When wind becomes a little more normal and a little bit more common, we’ll all get used to it.”
For over two years now, I have been advocating for safe placement of industrial wind turbine developments to protect the health and well-being of Ontario’s rural families. The same demand for vastly improved turbine, transmission line and substation siting is coming from countries all over the world. The adverse health effects from turbines have become a global issue. I would not expect an industry person to discredit their own product. Continue reading →
The core of the book is a scientific report presenting original, primary research on symptomatic people living near large industrial wind turbines (1.5-3 MW) erected since 2004. The findings:
1) Wind turbines cause Wind Turbine Syndrome. We know this because people have symptoms when they are close to turbines and the symptoms go away when they are away from turbines. The study families themselves figured out that they had to move away from turbines to be rid of their symptoms, and nine out of ten have moved. Some sold and some abandoned their homes.
2) The symptoms are sleep disturbance and deprivation, headache, tinnitus (ringing in ears), ear pressure, dizziness, vertigo (spinning dizziness), nausea, visual blurring, tachycardia (fast heart rate), irritability, problems with concentration and memory, and panic episodes associated with sensations of movement or quivering inside the body that arise while awake or asleep. Continue reading →
It’s the biggest wind farm operating in Victoria and it’s putting the tiny town of Waubra on the map in ways the locals never predicted. It’s been dubbed the ‘Waubra Disease’, the health effects of living surrounded by wind turbines and it’s now becoming known around the world. As the State Government approves more wind farms, there are growing demands for serious investigation and for standards to be reviewed.
THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government has put people in harm’s way and needs to address the situation says the chair of a provincial wind energy concern group.
Society for Wind Vigilance chair Bob McMurtry was in Thunder Bay Friday to talk about wind turbines and the adverse health affects associated with them. McMurtry, an orthopedic surgeon and professor emeritus at the University of Western Ontario, has been lobbying the provincial government to obtain third party studies on wind farms since 2008. He said since that time, 102 people have come forward across the province with helth issues from turbines, the most common being sleep deprivation.
“Our bottom line message is if you’re going to build them for Heaven’s sake don’t put people in harm’s way,” McMurtry said. “At this time we (Ontario) are putting people in harm’s way.” Continue reading →
There is a misconception that Ontario is the only place reporting health problems associated with living near industrial wind turbines.
Dr. Michael Nissenbaum of the United States reports on preliminary findings of a controlled study (Mars Hill, Maine) to investigate potential adverse health effects. He concludes that adults living within 1,100 metres of industrial wind turbines suffer high incidences of chronic sleep disturbances and headaches, among other somatic complaints, and high incidences of dysphoric psychiatric symptomatology, compared to a control group living 5,000-6,000 metres away. This controlled study is a work in progress. www.windvigilance.com
The Japanese government announced plans to conduct a four-year health study on the subject of “Wind Turbine Disease.” In February 2009 reports that “residents living near wind turbines are increasingly complaining of headaches, dizziness, insomnia and other ailments, sparking fears that the new energy source could pose a risk to public health.” Continue reading →
Some Huron-Kinloss Twp. residents want to make it clear that they are still concerned with wind turbine development in the municipality.
Township resident David Colling attended the Jan. 11 council meeting and said he wanted to clear up any misconception about the wind turbine company burying the transmission lines. He said not all lines have been buried yet and families are not able to move back into their homes.
“One family is still in a hotel, paid for by the wind turbine company; another has left the township and two other families have moved back to their homes but they are still experiencing health problems,” said Colling. Continue reading →
Co-authored by Dr. Robert McMurtry & Dr. Michael A. Nissenbaum
Studies commissioned by Wind Energy Associations containing paid for results should not be considered independent. No original research was conducted, based on review of the literature a clean bill of health has been awarded. It is a low order of scientific evidence. It has not been peer reviewed.
The evidence may also be of questionable veracity since the recent revelations of evidence of the altering of scientific papers by Hayes McKenzie(UK). Just this week it has been reported that these very noise issues were suppressed in the UK to enable wind turbines to be placed closer to human habitation. Continue reading →
Another huge thank you is in order to Dr. Nina Pierpont and Calvin Luther Martin for donating a large shipment of books to Ontario. These will be distributed to medical professionals throughout Ontario.
Wind Turbine Syndrome: A Report on a Natural Experiment
Nina Pierpont, MD, PhD
Executive Summary 12/20/2009
The core of the book is a scientific report presenting original, primary research on symptomatic people living near large industrial wind turbines (1.5-3 MW) erected since 2004.
These are the findings:
Wind turbines cause Wind Turbine Syndrome. We know this because people have symptoms when they are close to turbines and the symptoms go away when they are away from turbines. The study families themselves figured out that they had to move away from turbines to be rid of their symptoms, and nine out of ten have moved. Some sold and some abandoned their homes.
People do not abandon their homes out of “annoyance.” Reported symptoms, such as sleep deprivation, dizziness, and nausea, cannot be dismissed as “annoyances.” Continue reading →
I would like to suggest another important role for family physicians in the domain of public health. That is to advocate for the victims of environmental illness. Currently in Ontario and indeed in jurisdictions across Canada and abroad the public health system seems to be struggling to come up with a sensible response to the growing public health phenomena associated with industrial wind turbines (IWT). In the light of increasing numbers of victims in every jurisdiction of the province where IWT’s have been built in close proximity to human habitation, we would have expected a recognition from the public health authorities that more in depth surveillance and precautionary measures were appropriate.
Thanks to generous donations, a respite home has now been established in the Port Burwell area for people unable to sleep and experiencing health problems who live near the Erie Shores wind project. The accomodations are certainly not luxurious but it will give these people an escape when it becomes too hard to bear.
SHAMEon the Ontario government for allowing this to happen. SHAME on AIM Powergen (now International Power Canada) for turning their backs on these people while raking in obscene subsidies from our tax dollars.
Forced expropriation would have been much kinder. Of course that might cut into the profit margin, wouldn’t it? The McGuinty Liberal government, in their zeal to allow the wind industry free reign, has failed miserably to do it’s due diligence.
Dr. Nina Pierpont and Calvin Luther Martin have generously donated $5,000 towards Rx WTS fund for peoplein Ontario.
Ontarians who live too close to turbines and are experiencing severe problems have found getting away from the wind turbines enabled them to sleep properly and their symptoms clear up immediately. There is no drug or cure other than completely leaving the area. Requests for help or solutions from the developers and/or the Ontario government have been ignored.
This fund will be used to set up a temporary respite shelter and help with expenses such as gas and motel bills.
Our heartfelt thanks go to Nina and Calvin. Americans certainly are the most generous people on earth.
We encourage you to show your appreciation by purchasing Nina’s book and donating it to your Chief Medical Officer or local public library.
Japan — The Environment Ministry will launch its first major study into the influence of wind turbines on people’s health next year, it has been learned.
Much is expected of wind power as a source of clean energy, but people living near wind power facilities are increasingly complaining of health problems. The low-frequency sound produced by the wind turbines at such facilities–sound that is difficult to discern with the naked ear–is suspected of causing such conditions as insomnia, tinnitus and hand tremors. Continue reading →
“Dr. Pierpont’s astute collection of observations should motivate a well-controlled, multi-site, multi-institutional prospective study.”—F. Owen Black, MD, FACS, Senior Scientist and Director of Neuro-Otology Research, Legacy Health System, Portland, Oregon
In the first of a three-part series, reporter Richard Vivian investigates the health-related controversies surrounding turbines
It was another restless night in a long string of interrupted sleep. Amaranth’s Leo Mendonca didn’t feel quite right, like something was wrong, but he didn’t know what, or why.
When he got out of bed, he was struck by a wave of nausea. He made his way out to the kitchen of the 8th Line home for a drink of water, but that didn’t calm his stomach.
Thinking some fresh air may do the trick, he headed out to the garden. There, he looked up and saw what he now believes is the source of his troubles … an industrial-sized wind turbine about 600 metres away, and many more within sight. Read entire article here
[Note: The developer of this project is AIM Powergen whose CEO, Mike Crawley is also President of the Federal Liberal Party (Ontario)]
—Tracy Whitworth, Schoolteacher (11/5/09)
Clear Creek, Ontario. Quiet, peaceful. The sound of the lake; the overhead passing of migrating geese; tundra swans in the early spring. Deer and wild turkeys. Clear starry skies. Silent except for the sounds of the crickets and bullfrogs. The sight of a small country church across the way; the church I remember attending as a young girl with my Grandmother.
Sounds nice, doesn’t it? That was my retreat of 11 years. A place I called home, a place I loved, a place I miss. It was my heaven on earth. Continue reading →
All the Ripley Wind Farm readings where recorded in the same way, measuring the waveform from the ground wire at the transformer pole or the ground wire on the collection poles from the windmills to a remote ground rod approximately 20 meters from the pole we were measuring at. Continue reading →
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 →
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Conclusion: After reviewing articles and studies on wind energy, wind turbines appear to have a negative impact on the property values, health, and quality of life of residents in close proximity. Of the studies that found no impact on property value, nearly all were funded by wind farm developers or renewable energy advocacy groups. Of the studies and reports showing property loss, the average negative effect is -20.7%.Continue reading →
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 →
Jess Dancer, EdD, is professor emeritus of audiology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 →