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The upcoming Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) appeal hearing into the Zephyr wind project in Brooke/Alvinston will have testimony from 2 well qualified acoustical experts, Dr. Robert Thorne, an environmental noise consultant to the NZ Ministry of Health, and Steve Ambrose, P.Eng. and a member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE).
While the expert testimony provides the scientific basis to challenge the current MOE siting rules, it can only describe the human effects in a very cold, impersonal way. To the Ministry of Environment (MOE), residents are not “humans”, they are “receptors.” Our houses are called “receptor locations”. Setback distances are measured to the centre of the receptor location. Excess noise can intrude and take over most of your property as long as the centre of the house is “safe”. You no longer have a house and property; you are left with a “bunker.” If you sign any sort of agreement with the wind company, you waive all rights to even these inadequate standards. The farmer who signs a wind lease is no longer a farmer; he is now a landlord with one very nasty tenant who dictates all the rules for 50 years. These are the things that expert testimony cannot describe; but, ordinary people can.
So, in this hearing for the first time, residents who live in wind projects will provide the gritty details that models, maps, and calculations cannot display. They will tell what it’s like from a personal perspective to live with these machines day and night. They will tell what it feels like to be caught in these wind ghettos – the constant thumping noise, the sleep disturbance, the hopelessness of being trapped and unable to even sell a property they wish to escape – their own homes. Experts cannot give this kind of testimony. The wind companies deny the problems, dismiss and belittle the people affected. The government ignores their plight and facillitates whatever the wind companies want. Now, for the first time these residents/witnesses will be heard, all 25 of them – and there are many more willing to testify. Think about it. Why are these people testifying? They already live in wind projects; what gain is there for themselves? Would you put yourself out in public to be scrutinized? Read the rest of this entry
The Glencoe Transcript & Free Press – Hayter-Walden Publications Inc. – February 4, 2010
By Marie Williams-Gagnon
The lines in the sand have been drawn and those on both sides of the wind power debate in Adelaide-Metcalfe were in attendance at last Tuesday evening’s open house regarding the Adelaide Wind Project.
The rim of the gymnasium of Adelaide W.G. MacDonald was lined with information boards from NextEra Energy, which bought TCI Renewables in December.
The Adelaide Wind Farm will cover 8,300 ha of privately-owned land with a class 4 wind facility under REA. Up to 40 – 1.4MW wind turbines will provide up to 60MW capacity.
Although there was no speaker or group discussion at the open house, NextEra provided information that the GE 1.5 xle turbines will have a 41m blade and a 80m hub height above grade.
The major issues for the opponents of the project remained the proximity of the Wind Farm to the school and other properties. They claim that for a distance of 10km there will be shadow flicker on Hwy 402, particularly at the Exit 56 turnoff. Healthe concerns, including noise levels, are of concern to residents of Adelaide village that could have 4 wind turbines 600m away.
Adding fuel to the fire last week was mixed messages from Adelaide-Metcalfe mayor John Milligan.
After both Adelaide-Metcalfe and North Middlesex township councils supported a resolution from the City of Kawartha Lakes requesting a study of adverse health effect prior to the issuance of any permits o continuance of any projects, Milligan said in a radio interview last week that the municipality is not in support of a moratorium now or were they ever, adding that he believes most community members are in favour of the wind farm.
The Adelaide Wind Project is expected to be fully operational within two years.
The Glencoe Transcript & Free Press – Hayter-Walden Publications Inc.
By Marie Williams-Gagnon
17 September 2009
The guest speakers described the effects wind turbines have had on their own health and that of their neighbours, some ashamed that they had actually allowed one on their own property and had not investigated further.
The standing-room-only crowd packed into the Adelaide-W.G. MacDonald elementary school gymnasium on Wednesday evening, September 9 to learn more in a session hosted by the Middlesex Wind Action Group.
Forty turbines are in the works for the former Adelaide township, including 16 within a 3 km radius of the school itself. A group of the opponents had approached the Thames Valley District School Board the previous evening.
Moderator Rose Keunan explained that there are 128 turbines presently planned for Middlesex County, the majority in the Adelaide and greater Parkhill areas with land still being signed.
Nikki Horton spoke about her experiences living on a wind farm in Port Alma. She presented what she referred to as a “Victim Impact Statement” from experiences of living with 15 turbines close to her family’s home. Admitting that they were not concerned about the erection of the turbines until her husband began to complain about sleeplessness, she also began to experience the same symptom, accompanied with the vibration in her heart and joints. They are also noticing changes in their young sons.
Horton said that the family is now borrowing money to soundproof their home and warned parents that the children in the school will be affected. “Would you put you child in harm’s way?” Read the rest of this entry