IF YOU LIVE NEAR AN EXISTING WIND FACILITY AND FEEL YOUR PROPERTY HAS BEEN DEVALUED
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IF YOU LIVE NEAR AN EXISTING WIND FACILITY AND FEEL YOU MAY BE EXPERIENCING ANY NEGATIVE HEALTH EFFECTS
VOW© – VICTIMS OF WIND
Some residents living in the vicinity of a wind farm are suffering from adverse health effects and disturbed living conditions. They need help and support. It’s important to have someone to talk to who understands.
Worried families living near proposed wind projects with special needs or pre-existing medical conditions such as epilepsy, cardiac issues, inner ear problems and migraines are welcome to join.
People wanting more information can call toll free 1-888-700-5655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
All calls or emails will be kept totally confidential.
What happens if I join?
Some of you may want to help other victims by keeping in touch and encouraging each other.
Others may want to be more public and want to send letters to the media or open letters to government officials.
Some may want to be interviewed by the media and speak out on behalf of other victims.
Some may wish to be private but lend support by joining this network.
Victims are welcome to participate in this network at whatever level is comfortable for them.
We are extending an invitation to victims in other provinces. As more wind turbines are built, families are being disrupted across Canada.
What do I have to do?
Just fill out the form below. The membership list will be kept completely confidential.
VOW’s goal is to to help fellow victims, establish a network of victims suffering adverse health effects due to wind turbines and create public awareness about the adverse health effects suffered by victims. We will work to achieve the following:
1) halting further development of wind energy installations until evidence-based epidemiology studies are conducted that determine authoritative setbacks from property lines for protection of health;
2) immediate decommissioning of current wind turbines where victims are reporting adverse health effects;
3) compensation for the victims’ loss of health, quality of life, emotional turmoil, and financial stability;
4) commissioning proper evidence-based epidemiology studies with an unbiased, 3rd party multi-disciplinary team;
5) environmental assessments to be performed by unbiased, qualified professionals with attention to adverse health effects;
6) implementation of mandatory reporting by the wind energy industry regarding complaints and adverse health effects;
7) implementation of a Public Inquiry on the topic of adverse health effects and wind turbines.
Membership is open to victims whose health and quality of life have been affected by wind turbine installations.
How to join
If you wish to join, there are a number of options available. Please fill out the following form and mail to the address at the bottom of the form.
Your privacy will be protected and information will be kept confidential unless you indicate otherwise.
From Dr. Pierpont’s Testimony before the New York State Legislature Energy Committee:
The symptoms start when local turbines go into operation and resolve when the turbines are off or when the person is out of the area. The symptoms include:
1) Sleep problems: noise or physical sensations of pulsation or pressure make it hard to go to sleep and cause frequent awakening.
2) Headaches which are increased in frequency or severity.
3) Dizziness, unsteadiness, and nausea.
4) Exhaustion, anxiety, anger, irritability, and depression.
5) Problems with concentration and learning.
6) Tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
Not everyone near turbines has these symptoms. This does not mean people are making them up; it means there are differences among people in susceptibility. These differences are known as risk factors. Defining risk factors and the proportion of people who get symptoms is the role of epidemiologic studies. These studies are under way. Chronic sleep disturbance is the most common symptom. Exhaustion, mood problems, and problems with concentration and learning are natural outcomes of poor sleep. See Dr. Pierpont’s credentials here
This page was created to help if you are experiencing disturbed living conditions and/or noise & health problems since the start up of wind turbines near your home. It is some sound information on what to do and who to talk to:
It is important to start a daily diary. We cannot emphasize this enough. While it may sound like a tedious chore, it will keep track of everything on a daily basis and is extremely helpful at recalling certain events or noticing a pattern to your observations. It can be crude notes, but the more detail the better. Make note of the weather, the time of day, the wind speed (low, moderate etc.) the atmosphere (foggy, snowing, sunny etc.) the blade direction. Note any physical responses, or any health issues. Any changes in behavior of your children, pets, livestock. All of these are very important, as well as recording the disturbances in the home (noise, vibration etc.)
When you are ready to lodge a complaint: Start by drafting a letter or email, clearly outlining the issues you are having and once completed, have the following phrase: “Please register this as a formal complaint” at the top of the letter. Simply state your experience as it is and you do not need to use anyone else’s observations to support yours, besides those who reside in your home. It must be your own personal experience. If you have multiple people in your household with complaints, detail them for each person.The complaint should be sent to:
If you are having health problems related to the turbines, you should report it to the Public Health Unit in your community. Send copies of your correspondence to all involved. Also add that you would like a reply from each of them that they have received your letter.
Keep a copy of all of your correspondence and if you should have any face to face meetings or phone calls, make sure you write down the pertinent points in your journal so you don’t forget what was said.
If you are having severe problems that need immediate attention call the Environmental Spills Reporting phone number 1-800-268-6060. Although the title does not sound appropriate, it is correct to use it and the call will go into the Ministry of the Environment reporting office to be dealt with.