Kincardine acknowledges health problems reported by residents in wind developments

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.

Mike Crawley and International Power leave community in tatters

Mike Crawley, President, International Power Canada (IPR-GDF Suezis also recently elected President of the Federal Liberal Party.   To date, this company has refused to help any of the residents who are seriously suffering in the Erie Shores complex.
Letter from Resident of the Lake Erie Shores Wind Facility: Continue reading

“Wind Turbine Syndrome and the Brain” by Dr. Nina Pierpont

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The following is the text of Pierpont’s keynote address before the “First International Symposium on the Global Wind Industry and Adverse Health Effects: Loss of Social Justice?” in Picton, Ontario, Canada, October 30, 2010. It is followed by a discussion of several other relevant talks at the symposium by Drs. Alec Salt, Michael Nissenbaum, Christopher Hanning, and Mr. Richard James.  

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Wind Turbine Syndrome

Author:  Pierpont, Nina

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

Adverse health effects a global issue

Toronto Star

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

Wind Turbine Syndrome: Excerpts from the Executive Summary

Author:  Pierpont, Nina

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

Wind Turbine Syndrome – identical symptoms worldwide

Energy Tribune Managing Editor Robert Bryce on wind turbines’’ impact on people’s health.   Click picture to watch short video: 

Identical Symptoms, Protests in Australia

***MUST WATCH*** ABC News – Australia

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.

The Ontario government has put people in harm’s way

By Jamie Smith  tbnewswatch.com

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

US, Japan, France, Australia, UK – Health Impacts from Industrial Wind Turbines

Owen Sound Times

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

Ripley Residents Still Not Able to Move Back into their Homes

Credit:  By Sara Bender, Lucknow Sentinel, Lucknow Sentinal

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

Response to CanWEA/AWEA Study

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

Electrical Pollution & Wind Turbines

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Executive Summary: Wind Turbine Syndrome

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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:

  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. 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

The Family Physician as patient advocate

by Roy D Jeffery, MD, FCFP

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.

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Respite Home Established in Port Burwell Area

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.

SHAME on 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.

Large Donation Kicks Off “Rx WTS Fund” for Wind Victims in Ontario

Thank You, Nina and Calvin!

Dr. Nina Pierpont and Calvin Luther Martin have generously donated $5,000 towards Rx WTS fund for people in 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.

Japanese Government to study effects of wind farms on health

November 28, 2009 in The Yomiuri Shimbun

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

“Wind Turbine Syndrome” Book Now Available

Nina Pierpont’s Book “Wind Turbine Syndrome” is now available.    Click Here to purchase.

Nina Pierpont, MD, PhD, Wind Turbine Syndrome:  A Report on a Natural Experiment (Santa Fe, NM:  K-Selected Books, 2009), 294 pp.  Paperback, $18 USD. 

“Impressive.  Interesting.  And important.”  –-Professor Lord (Robert) May, PhD, of Oxford University OM AC Kt FRS. 

“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

Answers definitely not blowing in the wind

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Leo Mendonca says he’s been plagued by feelings of deep-set anxiety since the turbines started turning in his neighbourhood

By Richard Vivian Orangeville Banner

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

Two More Homes Abandoned in Turbine Town, Ontario

[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)

2004-10-17%20Clear%20creek%20sign-web%20pageClear 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

Guinea Pigs – by “Law”

On October 29, 2009, the following MPPs voted to not protect your health because the Ontario Liberal Party has now stripped your rights to complain.   

Aggelonitis, Sophia
Colle, Mike
McNeely, Phil
Sergio, Mario
Albanese, Laura
Dhillon, Vic
Moridi, Reza
Smith, Monique
Arthurs, Wayne
Dickson, Joe
Pendergast, Leeanna
Sousa, Charles
Balkissoon, Bas
Hoskins, Eric
Phillips, Gerry
Van Bommel, Maria
Berardinetti, Lorenzo
Jaczek, Helena
Rinaldi, Lou
Wilkinson, John
Bisson, Gilles
Kwinter, Monte
Ruprecht, Tony
Zimmer, David
Brown, Michael A.
Mangat, Amrit
Sandals, Liz
 

Dr. Arlene King…How can you just close your eyes to this?

To quote Ontario Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, “with a review of existing scientific literature, a moratorium isn’t needed, suggesting Thursday’s debate is moot.”

The pain and suffering I have had to endure, I am still enduring, on account of these industrial wind turbines is now ‘moot’?  Not even worth arguing?  Continue reading

High-frequency electrical pollution from Ripley Wind Farm

Dirty Electricity vs. Clean Electricity

Download original document: “High-frequency electrical pollution from Ripley Wind Farm”

Author:  Colling, David

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

New York Radio Interview with Dr. McMurtry and Carmen Krough

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(sorry this is unavialable at this time)

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

Kruger’s Response to Sick Family: “As far as we are concerned, the file is closed.”

Jean Majeau, Kruger’s senior vice-president of communications

Jean Majeau, Kruger’s senior vice-president of communications

Chatham Daily News

A Blenheim woman claims her family is still suffering effects from a nearby wind farm.

Kruger Energy’s 44-turbine Port Alma project became operational last year.

Nikki Horton, who filed a complaint with the Montreal-based company, said the wind farm is impacting her family’s quality of life, with symptoms such as headaches and fatigue.

“We’re still ill. We’re still sleep deprived,” she said. “Our children are still experiencing problems.” 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 Impact Study – Property Values, Health and Quality of Life

Download Appraisal Group One Wind Turbine Impact Study (4 MB, .pdf) Released 09/09/09    

Appraisal Group One is an independent appraisal company specializing in forensic appraisal, eminent domain, stigmatized properties and valuation research.

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

Adverse health effects from wind turbines in Sweden and the Netherlands

Kirby Mountain

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

Wind Turbine Syndrome – Jess Dancer, Professor Emeritus of Audiology

audiologyAdvance for Audioligists  September 1, 2009

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