Below is the submission made by Sue and Leon Atkins, which received applause by the more than 100 local residents who attended the Preliminary Hearing of the ERT appeal for the NRWC project in West Lincoln which was held in Wellandport Dec 19/2014.
The Atkins who own and run Atkins pony rides were granted presenter status.
Sue Atkins Quoted a notice she look a picture of while attending one of the NRWC community information presentations held in our area a while back.
“NRWC QUOTE: If there are MORE than 5 turbines within 3 km of a noise receptor or if any turbines have a sound power level greater than 102 decibels,greater set back distances must be met and or noise studies must be completed.”
Then she asked. “Has anyone completed these noise studies? Has anyone meet these set back distances?” Her response was “NO!” There could also be heard murmurs of “NO” through out the audience in response to her questions as well.
As she points out below, 7 turbines are within 2 km of their farm. 10 are within 3 km and 24 within 5 km. Sue Atkins is well within her right to question how this is possible in light of the NRWC PUBLIC notice reassuring residents that what is about to happen to them wouldn’t happen to anyone.
Thank you to the Atkins for standing up and fighting !! If you want to help the Atkins then helpMothers Against Wind Turbines Inc.. and donate to their Legal fund so we can keep this fight going for as long as we can!! These are real members of our community, your community, coming forward and fighting! Fighting not only for their livelihoods, their health, their home but fighting for everyone who potentially will be negatively affected by the NRWC project.
Human and animal alike…continue
to read Sue Atkins submission.
Attn. Ms Eva Pietrzk
I am requesting that the tribunal grant me presenter status at the upcoming hearing “Mothers Against Wind turbines” verses MOE. Scheduled for Friday December 19th 2014 at 10am at Wellandport Community Center, 5042 Canborough Rd. RR#63
My husband Leon and I are known as receptor 2297, we purchased our property 15 years ago & built our dream home, a modest 1,100 sq ft residence & a barn with an arena for our 29 horses, ponies & donkeys, most of whom are rescued or retired, ages raging from 17 months to 38 years. We operate a pony ride business attending fairs, festivals & children’s brithday parties. We have 27 years experience in all aspects of horse husbandry, including training, farrier work, worming medicating etc: Our equines undergo regular yearly physicals from our vet which include vaccinations. Looking after & caring for our horses is our life, although 24/7 we love this lifestyle & could not imagine our life without our animals.
We are extremely concerned that NRWC intend to erect 3MW Eneron 101 Industrial Wind Turbines so close to our property, the 2 closest WTs are T31 =587 meters with a predicted 39.5 decibels & T32 = 600 meters with a predicted 39 decibels, another 5 WTs will be located less than 2 kms = T33, T34, T76 & T55 another 3 are less than 3 km T02, T06, T01 making a total of 10 in close proximity and 24 less than 5 km.
We are concerned that these 3MW Industrial Wind Turbines are 600 ft tall yet the setback remains the same as the setback distance for much smaller turbines at 550 meters, common sense dictates that taller the turbine greater the setback distance. Our horses grazing paddock will only be approx: 500/600 meters from T31 & T 32.
Also the NRWC has proposed a lay down area opposite our property. This 10 acre parcel of land is deligated to all maintenance equipment pertaining to W.Ts. I have to wonder what will become of the 2000 pigs approx 800 goats and the approx 200 baby goats that reside on the farm & are so close to T31. Industrial W.T.s can harm animals… health-canada-submission_wind-turbines-and-effects-on-animals-may-16-2013
I also fear for the safety of the children that visit our farm...the amount of construction & the volume of huge trucks that will be using our DIRT unfinished road will be of great danger to them, it will be an accident waiting to happen, I shudder at the thought!!!
I would like to address two other big concerns
#1 We are very concerned for our own horses & ponies as well as the many other horse farms in our rural area. Our horses & ponies will be subjected tot he mechanical noise, acousitc noise, infra sound low frequency noise, shadow flicker, stray voltage & electro magnetic energy produced by these W.Ts. It is well documented that horses auditory capabilities far exceed that of humans & that low frequency noise contributes to wind turbine syndrome in horses:
source… horses get wind turbine syndrome / portugal Nina Pierpont MD Ph.D. additionally a Portugese study http://stopthesethings.com/2014/02/14/dr-mariana-alves-pereira-how-to-test-for-the-effects-of-low-frequency-turbine-noise/ Mariana alves-Pereira…documents a family & 11 Lustitano horses all suffered the effects of living close to WTs…Also Eyes & Ears: Heather Smith Thomas http://www.thehorse.com/articles/24947/all-eyes-and-ears
#2 In January 2012 I was diagnosed with an Acoustic Neuroma a rare tumour on the 8th cranial nerve that attaches the inner ear to the brain, although not malignant it does continue to grow, the result being loss of hearing & possible surgery depending on the rate of growth. I am under the care of Dr. Sushma Amin E.N.T. Ph. D. specialist, in St Catharines, & Dr Joseph Chen dept OF Otolarynology, Sunny brook Health Sciences Toronto, requiring me to have MRI. Scans every 6 months, the three things I have been advised to avoid are stress, noise & wind...I am already feeling the stress of the impending W.Ts. My fear is that if the NRWC proceed with such abandonment my condition will accelerate, which I have taken all precautions to avoid.
Our living conditions shape our health & they form the resources for healthy resiliency for well being & resisting illness. Losing the full use & enjoyment of our rural residence & horse farm would drastically change our lifestyle. If our farm is negatively impacted by this decision, what would become of our horses and ponies? This decision could have a serious economic & devastating impact on our business & our lives. If we are forced to sell our farm who would buy? with the mounting evidence of Wind Turbine Syndrome in humans and animals, it certainly wouldn’t be an animal farmer.
Yours truly, Sue Atkins
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