Health Canada wind turbine raw data ‘1/2 price’ for Suncor

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A Plympton-Wyoming family trying to stop Suncor Energy from building industrial turbines will have to shell out $10,000 to look at data they think will help prove turbines hurt human health.

Lawyers for the Bryce family have asked the Environmental Review Tribunal to adjourn the hearing into the appeal of the project for six months so they can study data collected by Health Canada.

The federal agency recently released the preliminary report and the family’s lawyer believes there is evidence that can link some of the noise caused by industrial wind turbines to problems such as headaches and sleeplessness.

But Asha James told the ERT Stats Canada will only allow a researcher 22 days to analyse the data for $10,000. Lawyers for Suncor also told the ERT adjudicators they had applied to see the raw data as well but had been told it would cost $4,500. Read article

4 thoughts on “Health Canada wind turbine raw data ‘1/2 price’ for Suncor

  1. Here is a reply I posted to David Suzuki’s recent editorial:
    http://www.straight.com/news/785691/david-suzuki-wind-power-offers-healthy-way-generate-renewable-energy

    There is also an editorial here, but does not appear to be accepting comments:
    http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2014/12/wind-offers-a-healthy-way-to-generate-power/

    Governments and the Wind Industry continue to deny health impacts.

    The Health Canada study is widely quoted in the media. However, they only released a summary. Neither the data nor the results/paper were released, and the report has not been peer reviewed.

    The Health Canada statement is listed here,
    http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/noise-bruit/turbine-eoliennes/summary-resume-eng.php

    Note that Health Canada indicates that in a significant fraction of respondents experienced “severe annoyance”, and that “WTN annoyance was found to be statistically related to several self-reported health effects including, but not limited to, blood pressure, migraines, tinnitus, dizziness, scores on the PSQI, and perceived stress.”

    Here is a response to the Health Canada study. It is written by Carmen Krogh (former Health Canada employee, chief pharmacist for Canada) and Dr Robert McMurtry (Order of Canada, former Dean Western University Medical School, and former advisor to Health Canada). The commentary is on the Canadian Medical Association Journal web page:
    http://cmajblogs.com/health-canada-and-wind-turbines-too-little-too-late/

    Here is a link to my own research measuring Infra sound from Industrial Wind Turbines.
    http://www.wind-watch.org/documents/measuring-wind-turbine-coherent-infrasound/

    I join the many scientists and experts worldwide asking for a thorough investigation of wind turbine noise before more wind turbines are erected. In particular, I am looking to Health Canada for guidance on acceptable levels of infra sound exposure in our communities and workplaces.
    .
    Richard Mann
    Associate Professor (Computer Science)
    University of Waterloo

  2. Dear Moderator,

    If you get a chance, can you please put up a page with a link to the recent Suzuki Editorials:
    If you can do that, please REMOVE my comment above.

    Thanks,
    Richard
    Encl: links

    http://www.straight.com/news/785691/david-suzuki-wind-power-offers-healthy-way-generate-renewable-energy

    There is also an editorial here, but does not appear to be accepting comments:
    http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2014/12/wind-offers-a-healthy-way-to-generate-power/

  3. I wonder if the government paid for the study or Suncor. If the government paid they should have free access to all the data. The only fee would be perhaps copying costs. Whatever happened to freedome of information?

  4. ‘[excerpt] But Asha James told the ERT Stats Canada will only allow a researcher 22 days to analyse the data for $10,000.

    Lawyers for Suncor also told the ERT adjudicators they had applied to see the raw data as well but had been told it would cost $4,500.

    Elizabeth Bellavance speaks for We’re Against Industrial Turbines Plympton-Wyoming. She’s disappointed by the revelation, but not surprised.

    “It’s unreasonable and is not common sense,” says Bellavance, noting Canadian taxpayers already paid $2.1 million for the study.

    “It is one more added injustice to fairness,” says Bellavance.

    “I’m getting to the point where I accept the unfairness, deal with it and move forward.”

    But she’d like to see Suncor agree to a delay to allow researchers to look at the data.

    “Why would they not want more information to support their safety values?” she asks, noting the study summary does talk about how wind turbines are “statistically associated” with health effects.

    “An unbiased expert needs to access this data and review it,” says Bellavance.

    While she believes the fee is unfair, for the Bryce family it is a heavy financial burden to bear, Bellavance says.

    “I am hopeful the community will realize just how unfair the process is and come forward to help pay for this.”’

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