That in the Opinion of this House, the Province of Ontario must impose a moratorium on all new wind turbine projects in Ontario until such time as the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ministry of Health and Ministry of the Environment have stated that wind turbines do not have any adverse health effects on people who live near them.
THE OWEN SOUND SUN TIMES Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Murdoch announced yesterday he will call for a provincewide moratorium on wind turbine projects later this month.
Murdoch said in a news release yesterday he will introduce a resolution, which he expects to be debated on Oct. 29, that calls on the province and its chief medical doctor to state whether or not wind turbines cause health problems for people who live near them.
Murdoch said the government has a responsibility as well as a mandate to investigate such claims — which range from sleep deprivation to heart palpitations — before moving on with wind energy projects.
The green light for future wind development should come from the province’s medical and environmental experts, including Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, as well as the ministries of health and environment, Murdoch said.
“As with any project of this magnitude, it’s expected to get some opposition,” Murdoch said in reference to the Liberal government’s green energy agenda, which calls for 1,000 turbines to be erected in Ontario by 2012.
“My objective here is to bring these people’s health concerns to an end. If there is no link between wind turbines and adverse health effects among people who live near them, then let the experts state that publicly for all of us to hear.”
The Liberal government moved very quickly with the Green Energy agenda. Bill 150 was passed into law within a short time, and as a result very many things got overlooked, Murdoch claimed.
“In light of all these concerns, I think it would be very beneficial if the current administration at Queen’s Park cleared the air before moving on with its clean air agenda,” Murdoch said.
The wording of the resolution in Murdoch’s news release is: “That in the opinion of this house, the Province of Ontario must impose a moratorium on all new wind turbine projects in Ontario until such time as the chief medical officer of health, Ministry of Health and Ministry of the Environment have stated that wind turbines do not have any adverse health effects on people who live near them.”
About 120 people turned out for a Grey Bruce Health Unit meeting in Owen Sound last Thursday about the health effects of wind turbines, but many left frustrated after hearing public health authorities lack the authority and resources to address their complaints.
Two large-scale wind-powered generation sites are in operation in Bruce County — Enbridge Ontario Wind Farm near Underwood and Ripley South. There are 90 wind farms in Ontario. More are planned, including some in Grey and Bruce.