by Debbie Lynch
The ‘Sussex Strategy Group’ would be proud of Chris Forrest, the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s (CanWEA) Vice President of Communications and Marketing, for so closely following their Nov. 2010 ‘game plan’ wherein they laid out “…a plan for a special interest group to publicly defend the McGuinty government’s costly energy agenda by confusing the public and the media on the real cost to families.”
After reading Forrest’s “CanWEA marketing” propaganda it is clear he is not as up-to-date or “well informed” on the facts as one might presume – especially on the issue of industrial wind turbines and human health concerns. Here are some facts:
The Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) Decision released on July 18, 2011 regarding the Erickson v. Director, Ministry of the Environment (Case Nos.: 10-121/10-122), on page six states, “…the evidence shows that there are some risks and uncertainties associated with wind turbines that merit further research.” The ERT Decision also states, “What the Tribunal can state is that the need for more research came
up several times during this Hearing. Time will tell as to what that research will ultimately demonstrate. The Tribunal is hopeful that, whatever the results, further research will help answer some of the concerns and uncertainties raised during this Hearing.”
On page 207 the ERT Decision states, “…[this case] has served to advance the state of the debate about wind turbines and human health. This case has successfully shown that the debate should not be simplified to one about whether wind turbines can cause harm to humans. The evidence presented to the Tribunal demonstrates that they
[wind turbines] can, if facilities are placed too close to residents.
The debate has now evolved to one of degree. The question that should be asked is: What protections, such as permissible noise regulations or setback distances, are appropriate to protect human health?”
Forrest obviously chose to ignore the following facts from an email Gary Tomlinson, Sr. Environmental Officer, Guelph District Office of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE), sent on June 12, 2009 to Jane Glassco, of the MOE, wherein he stated, “In short, MOE field staff have no approved methodology to determine compliance with the noise levels identified in the Guideline(s)/Certificates of Approval Air for noise emissions from dispersed multiple wind turbine sources,
(or any other dispersed multiple noise sources).”
The Ontario PC party has stated that they will place a moratorium on industrial wind development until independent peer reviewed health and environmental impact studies have been conducted; they will restore planning authority to the municipalities; they will rescind the existing large-scale industrial FIT contracts; and they will end
mandatory compliance with time of use (TOU) meters, along with other changes to the energy portfolio.
I know for certain, that like many voters, I will be basing my vote on fact-based information, therefore, on October sixth, I will be voting for my local Progressive Conservative candidate.