Niagara This Week
The plan to build massive wind turbines in Wainfleet and West Lincoln has not gone over well with many of the people whose lives will be impacted the most — those who will live in the shadows of these giants. Residents have done their research, attended meetings, held rallies, written letters, staged protests and done everything but go along quietly with the plan.
The turbines, with almost 50 going on land in West Lincoln and another eight planned for Wainfleet, are a long-term deal. It seems each landowner who “hosts” a turbine will be compensated financially reportedly to the tune of about $1 million paid out over the project’s lifespan of 20 years.
But the neighbouring homes may see their value reduced because of the turbines’ presence. Now, this has been widely denied by those behind the projects but this has been the case in areas where turbines are already in place. Not to mention the potential health issues raised by people already living with wind turbines near their homes. The impact on the residents’ health is by far the most contentious of all the issues surrounding turbines — and the one upon which there seems to be no agreement.
Both the wind companies and our own provincial government deny there are any direct adverse effects and studies seems to back this — including the 2010 report from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health which found there is “no scientific evidence of a direct causal link between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects.” Read article