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.
A letter from Suncor and Acciona, owners of the Ripley Wind Power Project, discussing the buried power lines was sent to Huron-Kinloss Twp. council for the Dec. 7 meeting. It stated that they had finished burying the wires between the wind farm and the local distribution system, as well as all overhead lines near Concession 6/Sideroad 30 and Concession 4/Sideroad 25.
Colling said the wind turbine company buried the lines near the residences of the people expressing concerns. He added that all the lines need to be buried to solve electrical pollution problems.
He said more studies need to be done on the effects of noise from the wind turbines. Colling said, depending on the wind direction and strength, when the wind turbines are moving it sounds like an airline jet flying overhead.
Colling presented to council a package of newspaper articles and other reports on health issues, noise studies and electrical pollution. He also presented his findings on examining the power quality on homes surrounded by the wind turbines. Colling studied electrical engineering in university and has been hired by different farmers, groups and businesses to examine their power quality.
“There could be more people experiencing health problems further down the road, five, 10 or 20 years later,” said Colling.
He added that decommissioning the turbines will also be a problem for the township in the future once the life expectancy of the wind turbines have come to an end. He said that landowners need to be protected.
“More issues are going to come in the future. This isn’t going to end,” he said.
Colling said he signed a lease agreement in 2004 but “thankfully” it expired at the end of 2009. He said his farm would be worthless if the agreement hadn’t expired.