Daily Archives: August 8, 2012
A small group of us Ontario residents launched a new website today (www.illwind.org) for our province, and for the world. For too long reports from those who live among turbines have been submitted to government agencies (ie Ministry of Environment) or wind companies, and are never heard from again. Filed and forgotten or lost. We hope to expose the proliferation of incidents locally, and perhaps even worldwide, with this self-reporting site.
What can be reported? Health reports, noise, bird kill, unsold homes, flicker, power surges, turbine failure, and even unethical behaviour (there’s lots of that, don’t we know!). See more categories here. Using the Ushahidi platform, each report is pinpointed on a Google map, and it grows as more reports from an area increases — showing ‘hot spots’ of wind turbine destruction.
The reporting is completely anonymous. Even if you choose to provide your contact info so that we can verify your report, the contact information will NOT be posted. If you would like the ability to edit your reports, please create an account. You may also file reports for other individuals as a reporter for your community. Do not worry about doubling reports (eg. 2 people report on the noise of the Ripley turbines last night), as this helps verify the reports – it’s a good thing.
We hope you will give it a try – it is very user friendly. If you have any questions/concerns/suggestions, please send them along to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ontario government has difficulty making a comprehensive map of wind turbine project locations, but resident Wayne Gulden was able to get one together and has created a new website Ontario Wind Turbines. If there’s a will there’s a way!
“I’ll be working on improving the presentation as well as adding projects as I get the time. If you have requests, either for new/better functions, or something that doesn’t work, or adding/correcting the project information please send me an email and let me know. Thanks for looking. And don’t forget my other sites, Wind Farm Realities and Amherst Island Wind Info.
NEXTRA: Company has plans for development
By Jonanthan Sher, The London Free Press
PARKHILL – The fight against industrial wind farms added a new ally Tuesday when a small municipality outside London lent a big hand.
North Middlesex council unanimously demanded the Ontario government halt all planned wind farms until Health Canada completes a study in 2014 examining the link between industrial wind turbines and human health.
It did so without a word of debate — there was little talk needed after Mayor Don Shipway and councilors went door-to-door with concerned residents in the weeks leading up to the vote.
The support was welcomed by Maureen Malone, whose farm south of Parkhill would be just 603 metres away from a turbine planned by NextEra Energy Canada, which wants to put up 48 turbines in North Middlesex and another 38 in neighbouring Adelaide-Metcalfe Township.
“(They) came to my house. They are listeners,” she said of her council. Read the rest of this entry
NextEra Energy Canada project could meet the wrath of North Middlesex council
By JOHN MINER, The London Free Press
The fight to halt wind turbine development in Southwestern Ontario shifts to North Middlesex Tuesday with opponents pushing for a ban on wind farm development.
A resolution going to North Middlesex council Tuesday night calls for the Ontario government to place an immediate moratorium on the development, construction, erection and implementation of wind turbines until a Health Canada health study on turbines is completed in 2014.
“This is a big deal for us,” said Muriel Allingham of Middlesex Lambton Wind Action Group, a citizens’ group rallying opposition to wind turbine development.
NextEra Energy Canada is developing the Bornish Wind Energy Centre in North Middlesex, a 73.5-megawatt wind farm consisting of up to 48 wind turbines. The project has already been awarded a 20-year contract from the Ontario Power Authority.
NextEra also plans to install 38 turbines in Adelaide-Metcalfe. The company has run into stiff opposition from residents there worried about the effects turbines could have on their health.
Residents have protested at public meetings about the project and the company also has had difficulty finding venues to host the meetings. Read the rest of this entry
By INGRID WILLEMSEN, Lambton Shield
You could hear a pin drop as over 400 concerned citizens congregated at the Camlachie Community Centre east of Sarnia on Tuesday. Guest speakers affected by wind turbines made emotional presentations detailing health concerns and significant property devaluations.
The meeting hosted by W.A.I.T.-PW (We’re Against Industrial Turbines—Plympton-Wyoming) was organized to educate residents of the massive wind turbine project coming to their community.
This Suncor-owned project “Cedar Point” consists of 62 of what may be the world’s highest turbines (up to 800 ft.) that organize of the protest say will litter the pristine countryside. Another turbine concentration called the Jericho Project consists of 92 turbines that will overlap this same area with many more planned. Read the rest of this entry
Reports of significant changes to well water in the Mitchell’s Bay area have reached the office of Chatham-Kent MPP Rick Nicholls. The changes in water quality have been noticed following the commencement of pile driving/foundation construction for industrial wind turbines in the area. The turbines being constructed are for the East Lake St. Clair wind project and the proponent is IPC/Suez.
Anyone experiencing gas detections and/or pollutants in their well water in the vicinity of industrial wind turbine construction is asked to contact MPP Rick Nicholls by phone at 519 351-0510 or by email at email@example.com
Heather Wright, Sarnia Lambton This Week
PLYMPTON-WYOMING – Plympton-Wyoming council says industrial wind turbines should be two kilometers away from homes and they’re prepared to go to court to make it happen.
In February, council passed tough new rules on setbacks (how close wind turbines can be to homes) saying it was concerned about the health effects on residents. It also imposed a $200,000 deposit for each turbine to be built in the municipality to cover any decommissioning costs.
But the rules fell under the Planning Act, an act which is superseded by the Green Energy Act. It took away all planning power from municipalities when it came to green projects. So recently, council passed the same setback rule, this time, under the Municipal Act which is not superseded by the Green Energy Act. It is a move several other Ontario municipalities have made, but one which has yet to be challenged in court.
Mayor Lonny Napper says Plympton-Wyoming expects that could happen soon since wind energy companies are entrenched in their position. “When I meet with wind companies I make it clear up front what our setbacks are and they say they’re going to go with the Green Energy Act and the 550 meter setbacks,” says Napper.
The mayor is ready for “one good fight” in court which would settle the dispute over who has the right to regulate where wind turbines go. And he’s willing to spend taxpayers’ money for it says he hopes “some of the other organizations would pop in and help us. Read the rest of this entry