We are still waiting for the Court of Appeal decision. However, as they say, life – or in this case fund raising – must go on. On April 25th the third annual OPAF fund raising dinner will be held at the Picton Curling Club. Again we thank Chef Michael Hoy who will provide us with a delicious meal. County wineries have been extraordinarily generous to our cause and this allows us to include County wine with your meal. We are blessed with many fine art items to auction – including originals, prints and 2 exceptional pottery items by celebrity potter Bill Reddick. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased online at www.saveostranderpoint.org or by calling Sheena Kennedy at 613-476-1461.
The Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) is over for the NRWC proposed wind farm of 77 three-megawatt turbines.
By the middle of April the Tribunal will have to present a decision, and based on past experience that decision will probably be “appeal denied”. Thousands of letters, hundreds of hours, weekly meetings, fundraisers and protests have been compressed into one week of hearings. All our concerns: for the sound power levels, gaps, absent and/or incomplete site visits, Blandings turtles and Red Mulberry, PCB’s and more were mostly stricken from the record because only “expert” witness is acceptable.
The Tribunal’s opinion is that we had only opinion not qualified facts.
Already health concerns are surfacing from the five HAF Wind IWTs, such as vertigo, tinnitus, migraines, sleep loss and annoyance. This is not only from the visual impact or from the “stringent” setbacks, but also caused by the underground vibrations through the Karst, into homes as reported from a home 4.5 km from those turbines. The story still remains to be told as to how many people will begin to realize that it is these vibrations that are causing their discomfort.
What about our concerns for the Smithville PCBs stored in the bedrock only kilometres away from their nearest turbine? Will these vibrations cause the PCBs to escape from the bedrock where they have been monitored for so many years? What will be the effect to our wells and waterways? Who will take responsibility for the residents of Niagara if the PCBs escape?
Many farmers received their insurance renewal notices, and should have noticed by now that they might need to think twice about letting wind turbine installations on their property. Noise is now excluded from coverage. Whether or not this new exclusion has anything to do with wind turbines is something we do not know yet, but noise is most certainly excluded now.
*We did contact the insurance company in question and asked them to comment on why they are now excluding noise from their coverages. They have not returned our call as of the date of this publication.
Thank you to the anonymous source who sent us this note!
“FYI–I have attached information that we received regarding our Farm Umbrella Liability Insurance Policy with County Mutual Insurance Company. (note that I folded the first page letter so that our name and personal insurance policy number is not shown) Thought you might be interested in the new exclusions regarding noise, odor, or dust.” Document below.
Do you host wind turbines that make noise that causes sleep deprivation and health problems, potentially causing your neighbor to abandon their home? You may be liable. There is no longer, at least with this company, any standard insurance for that, I checked out if the standard packages of One Sure Insurance covered this, alas it seems that companies are all getting on the same page with this. If you have a wind turbine on your property it might be wise to check the terms of your insurance as well as your wind turbine lease to see if the wind industry will cover you in the event a neighbor decides to sue because you are letting a wind company operate a human health hazard which interferes with their private peace and enjoyment of their land……effectively robbing their health and safety.
Ever play that old game? I remember it was “Rich Farmer, Poor Farmer.” Ignorance and greed may have resulted in a short term financial gain for those hosting turbines, but it is time for all landowners to become educated and realize that your property rights stop at your property line. Once noise and infrasound from a turbine erected on your land crosses your property line, you still own that damaging noise and infrasound, and you could be be on the hook to pay for its damage to your neighbors.
It isn’t the south against the north. It isn’t Christians versus Muslims. It isn’t even the rich versus the poor. It is a civil war arising from the land use conflicts inherent in alternative energy generation initiatives and it thrives on a certain disconnect between urban and rural elements of our society.
While rural communities possess the required land resources, large urban centers have the hunger for the power and the political influence needed to acquire it, along with little empathy for the pastoral quality of life that defines and motivates rural living.
Politicians of almost every stripe are currently stampeding over each other to masquerade as protectors of the environment by promoting and embracing ‘renewable energy’…
For vehicles, that means biofuels, for electricity, it means either wind or solar, regardless of the fact than none of these options can possibly make a meaningful contribution in their present forms. All demand that vast tracts of land be pressed into service in order to produce relatively slender yields of energy. In the rush to promote these alternative energy sources, federal and state governments have provided generous tax breaks and lucrative capital depreciation incentives to big business to encourage development.
In doing so, they have laid the foundation for a civil war that is currently ravaging dozens of rural communities nationwide, albeit without much attention from the national media. Continue reading Below Media Radar: The Next American Civil War→
Monday, March 2: Next Era’s Open House re their Bat Study in their Summerhaven wind project area in Haldimand. Open House is from 5 – 8 pm at Fisherville Lions Community Centre, 18 Main St. West, Fisherville.
Tuesday, March 3: The folks who appealed the Port Ryerse wind project should find out today through a conference call about the info that MNR gathered about the presence of Barn Owls in Port Ryerse area. The ERT appeal hearing was delayed 5 months to allow MNR to assess if the owls were living there or just passing through. The ERT panel judges will also likely discuss whether the ERT hearing will begin on March 31 as planned or another date acceptable to all parties.
Wednesday, March 4: Lake Erie Connector 3rd Open House re the two 500 MW electricity cables being planned under the lakebed from Nanticoke to Erie County, Pennsylvania. Open House location is Nanticoke Hall, 38 Rainham Rd., Nanticoke from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. The cables will take electricity both directions so we’ll even be importing some “dirty” electricity from the heavy coal-burning states in the future.
Homeowners who think the price of their house would be hit by a nearby windfarm development should be able to claim compensation, the Scottish Conservatives have said.
The party will launch a comprehensive rural action plan on Monday at a major rural showcase in Stirling.
The strategy will cover a range of issues confronting rural Scotland, and was devised after the Scottish Government made clear its only focus was on land reform.
As part of the proposals, the Scottish Conservatives have called for a valuation system to be set up allowing people to recover the lost market value on homes affected by new windfarms.
Many communities across the country have complained that large turbines looming over their towns and villages have made the area less appealing to live, therefore reducing the price of their properties.
The party is asking the Scottish Government to look at a similar model in Denmark, where a valuation authority can decide if a person’s home has been impacted, and how much the windfarm developers should pay in compensation.
The SNP’s extreme pro-windfarm approach has sparked a rise in windfarms being built across rural Scotland, despite concerns among residents and local councils.
Scotland, despite having less than 10 per cent of the UK’s population, now hosts more than half of the UK’s windfarms.
Thousands of objections are submitted by the public every year, while local authorities receive scores of applications for developments each month.
An expert witness called by The United Citizens of Livingston County testified the majority of Tuesday evening during the ongoing Livingston County Zoning Board of Appeals hearing at the Walton Centre.
Michael McCann, of McCann Appraisal, LLC, a Chicago-based company, testified about property values and how they are negatively affected when wind turbines are installed.
He said he has 33 years experience in appraising many types of commercial real estate, land and special use properties. He also has extensive litigation experience, qualified as an expert witness in over 20 states, and has testified at federal and state trials, zoning hearings, utility siting boards and arbitration. He has also done work for other wind farm projects throughout the United States.
McCann presented a slide show with many maps and figures. He also illustrated reasons for people to sell property with a turbine on or near it include health impacts.
He said it’s a “conspiracy theory” among neighbors when it comes to those health impacts, but he affirmed those events do occur.
He also listed issues he called “more physical in nature.” These included trespass or intrusion, excessive noise, vibrations, odor, contaminants and flicker.
Commissioner Susan Pascoe
Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)
We are critical of the ongoing massacre of birds and bats perpetrated by wind farms around the world. We are not impervious, however, to the negative effects these machines are having on humans.
Recently, we issued a press release about a new study which vindicates the work of the Waubra Foundation (1). Indeed, over the last few years, that world-renown Charity focused their efforts on the connection between infrasound and low frequency noise (ILFN) emitted by wind turbines and the harmful sensations felt by nearby residents. Tirelessly, they insisted that this health risk should be objectively and scientifically investigated by ethical acoustic researchers. The Steven Cooper study (1) proved their concerns were justified, and recommended more complete studies to confirm its own findings.
We were therefore surprised to learn that, last December, ACNC Assistant Commissioner…