Issues

Health

I can tell you, definitely and unequivocally, that wind turbines of the size you are contemplating do, in fact, cause harm to human health when placed within 2 km of people’s homes. I don’t know what you’re being told by the wind developers, but if it differs from what I’ve said above, they are misleading you.

– Dr. Nina Pierpont, MD, PhD

There is no peer-reviewed, scientific report written by a certified clinician (one who has an MD degree) that disputes Dr. Pierpont’s conclusion above. Her views are supported by eminent research scientists, distinguished academics and medical bodies around the world.

The Adelaide/Metcalfe installation has 16 turbines within a 3 km radius of the elementary school, which should at least involve a major noise study with 200+ students subject to wind turbines, 10 months of the year, 10 years of their life.

Dr. Robert McMurtry has reviewed case studies and other literature pertaining to the possible health effects of IWT installations and made a reasonable and practical suggestion, “…A well-designed epidemiological study conducted by arms-length investigators, mutually agreeable to all sides, must be done. In addition and far more simply is to engage sound engineers, (again mutually agreeable) to determine the presence or absence of LFN (Low Frequency Noise) near existing wind farms in Ontario.”

Watch the personal stories of victims of wind turbines in Ontario here.

Safety

Here’s a nice quote from TCI’s draft addendum since the new Green Energy Act came into place:

It should be noted that some effects assessments conducted for the Adelaide Wind Farm under O. Reg.116/01 are now no longer required for renewable energy projects, including wind farms. These include the following: geophysical environment, atmospheric environment, visual landscape, socio-economic resources, land use, traffic, electromagnetic interference (EMI), public health and safety, the effects of the environment on the project and cumulative effects. Although no longer required under O. Reg. 359/09, AET has voluntarily updated their shadow flicker analysis based on the revised turbine layout and new wind turbine model. Adelaide Wind Facility- Application for Renewable Energy Approval- November 23rd, 2009 Pg. 14

Feel any safer now? The Green Energy Act was promoted as protecting our health and safety…yikes!

Shadow flicker and road safety for the Adelaide and Bornish wind projects

Property Values

  • Wind Impact Study- Property Values, Health and Quality of Life:  Appraisal Group One is an independent appraisal company specializing in forensic appraisal, eminent domain, stigmatized properties and valuation research.

Here is their conclusion:
After reviewing articles and studies on wind energy, wind turbines appear to have a negative impact on the property values, health, and quality of life of residents in close proximity. Of the studies that found no impact on property value, nearly all were funded by wind farm developers or renewable energy advocacy groups. Of the studies and reports showing property loss, the average negative effect is -20.7%.

It is equally reasonable to conclude that some residents in close proximity to wind turbines experience genuine negative health effects from Low Frequency Noise, infrasound and blade flicker. Of the studies and reports cited, an average setback of little over a mile should significantly lessen detrimental health effects. In addition to noise and flicker issues, disrupted TV and cell phone receptions contribute to negatively impact the quality of life for residents living in close proximity to wind turbines.

    • The Ontario Assessment Review Board recently reduced the market value for a property  south of Grey Highlands by 50% because of its proximity to wind turbines and  equipment.
    • A three-year study of 600 property sales near the Melancton wind turbine development shows property values decreased by 20-25% (average of $48,000.), were on the market more than twice as long and a large number (4 times those that did sell) could not be sold at any price.


Economics

Denmark is the world’s most wind-intensive nation with more than 6,000 turbines generating 19% of its electricity.  But consider this:

  • Not one fossil fuel power plant has been closed
  • 50% more coal-generated electricity is needed to cover wind’s failings
  • Pollution and carbon dioxide emissions rose 36% in 2006 alone
  • Danish electricity costs are the highest in Europe

What are the Danes saying about wind power now?

Windmills are a mistake and economically make no sense.”

– Neils Gram, Danish Federation of Industries

Wind turbines do not reduce carbon dioxide emissions.”

– Fleming Nissen, Head of Denmark’s largest energy utility

For our industry, it has been a terribly expensive disaster.”

– Aase Madsen, MP, Danish Parliament and Chair of Energy Policy

The “Friends” of Wind Power, a group supported by the industry, tell us “every time the wind blows, Ontario burns less coal, oil or gas.” The evidence clearly contradicts yet another false claim.

  •  The Wall Street Journal (12/29/08): “Wind generation is the prime example of what can go wrong when the government decides to pick winners. The idea that it can replace coal or natural gas in electrical generation is a fantasy.”  
  • Der Spiegel: “Germany’s CO2 emissions haven’t been reduced by even a single gram” despite all their wind turbines. In fact, Germany has had to build many more coal and gas-fired plants. 
  • The Fraser Institute: “The government of Ontario is either ignorant of the latest clean-coal technology or, worse, has opted to ignore it in favour of courting ‘green’ voters.”
  • Wind turbines generate power on average less than 25% of the time, with varying voltages that can lead to brownouts. Energy experts say that, under these circumstances, “wind is more a nuisance than a source of power.”



Wildlife

Bird Migration through Wind Turbines in Southwestern Ontario: Wayne Wegner

As a biologist-photographer who specializes in the nature spectacles of Canada, I’ve seen my fair share of wildlife wonders over the years.  Some of the highlights that immediately come to mind include the massive seabird colonies and humpback whales of Newfoundland; the dazzling gannet colony of Ile Bonaventure in Quebec; butting bighorns, bugling elk and grizzlies in the Rockies; blizzards of tens of thousands of snow geese in British Columbia, the Prairie Provinces and Quebec; sage grouse dancing in southern Alberta; wolf howling and viewing in Ontario’s Algonquin Park; polar bears and belugas in Churchill, Manitoba; tens of thousands of crooning sandhill cranes in flight in Saskatchewan … the list goes on and on.  Read entire article here: Location, Location, Location… Migration, Migration, Migration

Offshore 

Bats: Extreme pressure changes near blades injures bat lungs, U of C study finds.

View U of C article on bat deaths

How a bird is injured by wind turbines:

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