Sandy McLeod – What wind turbines did to Ripley – 2009/ Part 1
In the middle of 38 industrial wind turbine development sits Sandy’s former home. This movie was taken 2 years ago in 2009 and the pain and suffering she is feeling at the time is palpable.
In the spring of 2011 the Ripley Wind owners, Acciona and Suncor, bought out four homes that were affected by these machines. But the wind companies deny any health issues, stating “No link between the operation of our Ripley Wind Power Project and the health concerns of our neighbours could be discovered, and so no damages were awarded or necessary.” After watching this movie — you decide whether they should have a guilty conscious. Does this buy-out demonstrate a “commitment to work with residents and the community” as the company suggests?
Shame on our provincial government for allowing this kind of human displacement to happen in our rural townships. As Sandy says, it’s not only her health that was affected – her family and community unit was ripped apart as well — by some out-of-town company and politicians in Toronto who never had to learn or experience the trauma these machines caused.