PRESS RELEASE February 3, 2013
New scientific measurements reveal that industrial wind turbines (IWTs) in Ontario routinely exceed acceptable noise limits set by Ministry of Environment (MOE) guidelines.
Five typical sites in central Ontario were independently monitored using precision sound recording instruments. Two sites provided background sound levels with no exposure to wind turbines. Three other sites were adjacent to turbines with distances ranging from .6 to 1.4 kilometres between the IWTs and the measuring instruments. These are distances beyond the 550m distance set by MOE.
The data shows that when wind turbines are present, the associated sound pressure levels are repeatedly higher than government guidelines permit during the day, evenings and late at night. The study results suggest that the model used by the MOE to predict sound pressure levels substantially under-estimates levels of industrial wind turbine noise. This implies the problem is generalized and not merely confined to each test site under study.
The analysis reaffirms hundreds of subjective reports from residents living near wind turbine installations about daily disturbances. Two policy aspects are key for investigation; the location of turbines relative to dwellings (i.e. their relative setback), and the validity of current MOE noise guidelines. Both policies influence citizen well-being and require review.
Countylive.ca (Open letter to Jim Bradley, Minister of the Environment)
The Ministry of Environment’s decision not to conduct an Individual Environmental Assessment of access roads at Ostrander Point, announced in your December 19, 2012 letter, is based on numerous errors in fact and judgment.
Your letter states that between March and April 2011 you received 21 requests from members of the public. In point of fact, the Honourable John Wilkinson, then Minister of Environment (MOE), received the requests. In the last election Mr. Wilkinson was held accountable for his mishandling of the MOE portfolio.
Only 17 of the 21 requests came from members of the public. The other four requests were from organizations which collectively represent thousands of citizens. Why does your letter diminish the significance of comments by the Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County; the South Shore Conservancy; Friends of Arron Lake, Wind Concerns Ontario Grey Bruce; and the Prince Edward Field Naturalists, Ontario Nature and Nature Canada?
All the requests point out the extensive impact of the access roads:
fragmentation of wildlife habitat by the loop design
destruction/loss of alvar and woodland habitat
disturbance of avian and terrestrial wildlife during wind turbine construction and during the next 25
years of operation due to increased on-site human activities
harm, harassment and killing of two threatened species, Whip-poor-will and Blanding’s Turtle, albeit
authorized by a Ministry of Natural Resources permit
disturbance to raptors, especially protected Bald and Golden Eagles. Read article
Teri Pecoskie, The Hamilton Spectator
Protesters attempted to stop a wind energy company from removing an active bald eagle nest near Fisherville this weekend — but their efforts were ultimately unsuccessful. According to the Ontario Wind Resistance website, NextEra Energy employees cut down a tree limb holding the nest around 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Ministry of Natural Resources authorized the removal at the Summerhaven Wind Energy Centre last week.
“Removing the nest will reduce the risk of eagle mortality at the site,” the ministry said in the permit. “NextEra plans to provide artificial nests in the surrounding areas to ensure that the eagle pair can safely relocate.” The ministry says it was made aware of the nest last summer. It was built in a tree scheduled to be removed for the construction of a road, and within 20 metres of the blade sweep of one of the project’s 56 proposed turbines. The Summerhaven Wind Energy Centre, which is still under construction, is expected to have a maximum generating capacity of more than 120 megawatts — enough energy to power 32,000 Ontario homes. The centre is scheduled to be up and running next January near the shores of Lake Erie.
Neil Switzer, chair of the West Lincoln and Glanbrook Wind Action Group, said about two dozen protesters came from as far away as Stayner, Ont., near the coast of Lake Huron, to try to stop the nest’s destruction. “There are only 50-some bald eagle nests in Ontario,” he said. “This is one.”
“There’s no end to the limits that the government will go to accommodate the wind industry,” he added. Read article
How Green Is That!
Northland Power Inc’s Mclean’s Mountain wind farm.The trees are starting to come down in key habitat for access roads and collector lines. Two feller bunchers, one excavator,one skidder so far. The trees are falling like kindling next to deer yard and known game trail. This work is not being done by local employment. Raymond Beaudry -MCSEA
by Harvey Wrightman
The Liberal party, engaged in a collective effort of navel-gazing, is puzzled as to why rural residents have such irrational fear of the great green future planned for them – all the prospective leadership candidates affirm that the wind energy program will proceed as planned.
One of the newest wrinkles to the wind program is now coming to light. The 300 or so wind turbines planned for north east Lambton, north west Middlesex and southern Huron Counties require transmission lines to get to Hydro’s 500kv main line some 40 km away. The wind companies, in their typical corporate arrogance, planned their projects first, leaving transmission details for later, never anticipating that things here would be any different than they are in Kansas or Missouri where you send out your “landmen” (that’s what this particular breed of slime is called) to offer a few dollars for the easements required – and the poles are up before anyone even knows about it. Almost everything on private land so there are no hassles with municipal or State bureaucrats. So, we can do the same thing here, right? – Well, not exactly.
Over the past 50 years farm land in southern Ontario was improved by installing subsurface tile drainage which eliminates wet spots in fields and generally improves the growing ability of soils. Tiles are laid out in a systematic fashion with current practice seeing the patterns set as close as 25’ apart. They don’t do that in Kansas or Missouri. They don’t have to because the weather factors are different. Continue reading →
By Laura MacDuff, The Post, Hanover
DURHAM – The Municipality of West Grey met with NextEra energy at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. As part of the approval process for the wind turbines planned for just outside of Durham, NextEra needs to make consultation with West Grey. This began on Monday. Questions by council were answered by Derek Dudek, community relations consultant for NextEra, and Adam Rickel, project manager of the Durham project. NextEra also hired a West Grey police officer to be present at the council meetings, to ensure the safety of all people at the meeting.
Mayor Kevin Eccles said to NextEra that council is elected to represent the people. He said that the vast majority of people within West Grey don’t want the turbines in their municipality. He said that was why West Grey passed a resolution saying that West Grey will not be a willing host to the turbines.
“We hope that we’re providing them with accountable information that will ease their concerns with respect to the centre,” Dudek answered.
Councillor Bev Cutting made it clear to the NextEra representatives that West Grey would be getting their own independent peer review done by West Grey, at a cost to NextEra. She said that all of those proposing a project have to have it reviewed by an independent peer reviewer and that the company proposing a project always pays.
The mayor questioned the company to do tests about stray voltage around the turbines. “Would that not be a proactive thing for the company to do?” Mayor Eccles said he had heard stories of stray voltage in and around the Ripley wind turbines and the Kincardine ones. Adam Rickel said that there is a lesser risk for stray voltage because the cables are buried underground. He said that “historically stray voltage comes from hanging lines.” Read article
by Hans Janzen, Toronto Sun
How does one man’s dream of becoming known as the “Green Premier” become a nightmare for much of rural Ontario? It’s called the Green Energy Act. It takes away the rights of individual landowners and municipalities to protect themselves from the placement of industrial wind turbines in their jurisdictions.
The mandate of the act is to harness the “free energy” of the wind. The concept sounds great, but the reality is much different. It’s anything but free, given the rising evidence of health issues, bird and bat kills, lost property values and unsustainable electricity rates. These wind farms do not get built without massive government subsidies from our already near-bankrupt government.
In 2004, my family and I purchased a 32.6-acre parcel of farmland in the Township of West Lincoln. It fulfilled our lifelong dream of owning a farm. Our land produces soybeans, wheat and corn. In 2007, we built a barn and we are continuing to improve the farm for future endeavours. We have not yet built a house on our site.
In 2011, we received a letter from a local wind developer looking for landowners willing to lease their farm land for the installation of industrial wind turbines. We naively believed people in our area would not lease their land to these corporations, but money talks. The leases for the land pay $50,000 per year per turbine for 20 years. Read article
Three hours before the Nextera hosts it’s final public meeting in Adelaide, a man arrives to ‘videotape’ the meeting. Nextera Josie Hernandez greets him like an old friend, and tells us they are “stepping up security”. He’s driving a fancy red 6L V8 Mustang that he leaves running to charge his camera, or phone… so much for global warming.
Residents were blocking the downstairs entrance to the township building in protest the development of Nextera’s 38 wind turbines in Adelaide. Nextera reps were both inside the building and arriving. They tried to get through the blockade downstairs, telling the residents they must move – just practicing their ‘authority’. The residents refused to move. Up pops video guy with a smirk on his face. He starts taunting the people, asking them why they are doing this, videoing their reaction. Residents tell him to turn it off; he smiles at the fun he is having. We call him out for what he is: an agent provocateur. The OPP order him to leave. He and his Mustang disappear, and the meeting hadn’t even started.
Very classy Nexterror: you know this guy, and you asked him to come to do what – video us for ‘security’, or stir the pot? We can see right through you.
New U.S. Rules to Protect Bats and Birds Create Uncertainty in Growing Industry Watch Video – WSJ
New federal rules on how wind-power operators must manage threats to wildlife could create another challenge for the fast-growing industry as it seeks more footholds in the U.S. energy landscape. The death of an endangered bat in September at a wind farm in Pennsylvania was the latest in a series of incidents that have caught the attention of regulators and conservation-minded scientists, who worry that large numbers of bats, bald eagles and other birds are being killed by wind turbines’ spinning blades. Read article
by Jennifer Vo, Regional News This Week
A lot of criticism was aimed at Haldimand County councillors and the mayor last Tuesday from Dunnville residents attending the Haldimand Year in Review open house. “Why do you think you’re going to lose? You guys aren’t willing to fight for anything,” said one resident. The Dunnville resident was responding to Mayor Ken Hewitt’s comments about the industrial wind turbines being a losing battle for Haldimand County. Continue reading →
by Pete Lomath I’m a 66 year old Canadian who is partly responsible for allowing the McGuinty government to put in place the Green Energy Act and by so doing removing the protection afforded by the various pieces of legislation to children such as you whose parents have seen fit to place you in danger from the health impacts of wind turbines.
By setting what it deems to be acceptable setbacks and noise figures for those on property adjacent to wind turbine installations the Ontario government has acknowledged that anyone living closer than those setbacks or subject to noise levels higher than those referenced in legislation are at risk of health problems due to the wind turbine noise. Continue reading →
by Bill Irwin, Owen Sound Sun Times
In your recent article on the Armow Wind Project Mr. Duncan said that the community was shocked and outraged, that they felt betrayed and exploited by the wind turbines companies. I think the lion’s share of the folks in rural Ontario feel exactly the same way but more so by the Ontario government than by the wind companies. These wind companies have millions of dollars at stake and they are willing to say or do whatever it takes to try to make these projects happen. This includes giving out misleading information, telling half truths, outright lies, gag orders, etc. After all of this we would have to be pretty gullible to believe a thing they say. Continue reading →
by Michael Den Tandt, Post Media News
The Ontario government’s Speech from the Throne contains 2,737 words. Not one of those words is ‘wind.’ And only one of them is ‘green.’ Extraordinary, isn’t it? In all that expanse of rhetoric, messaging, massaging, visioning and stroking, ululation and pontification, there is not one mention of Premier Dalton McGuinty’s signature energy goal – turning the Ontario countryside into an endless thicket of 500-foot wind turbines. Perhaps McGuinty has belatedly gotten the message? Continue reading →
For further information:
Daniel Santoro, Counsel to the Concerned Residents: 416.922.7272
Nicolas M. Rouleau, Counsel to the Concerned Residents: 416.885.1361
PORT ELGIN, ON, Nov. 18, 2011 /CNW/ – 35 concerned residents of Port Elgin Ontario have requested through legal counsel that the Minister of Environment stop the construction of an 800kW wind-powered electrical generator, which the CAW is attempting to erect as close as 150m to their homes. Current Regulations under the Environmental Protection Act require such generators to be a minimum of 550m away from all residences. Continue reading →
Dunnville Chronicle – Letters to the Editor
The introduction of wind turbines into rural Ontario is totally unacceptable for many reasons: harmonic and sub-harmonic noise, devaluation of real estate of homes and farms (for most of us our major, if not only, asset), and health concerns. Continue reading →
by John Spears, Toronto Star
For better or worse, wind turbines have become the symbol of renewable energy in Ontario because of their sheer physical presence. After hydroelectric power, they’re also the main producers of renewable electricity in Ontario. Here’s how they work. Continue reading →
by Andre Den Tandt, Owen Sound Sun Times
Now that the provincial election is behind us, the results offer some startling insights into the political landscape, both locally and provincially. At first glance, the overall results may seem inconclusive, with the Liberal Party just one seat short of a majority. But look again and the results are nothing short of stunning: The Liberals were shut out in every single rural riding, every single one. Just as obviously, the Progressive Conservative party was shut out in all the major cities, as they were four years ago. That’s an urban-vs-rural divide such as has never been seen in Ontario, and it’s very bad news: large-city majorities can run roughshod over rural people and their interests without suffering any serious political consequences. Continue reading →