Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton delivered a bottle of turbid water to Environment Minister Chris Ballard in the Ontario legislature Tuesday to emphasize the impact wind turbine construction has had on area water wells.
Researchers continue testing infrasound impacts used in a haunted house setting and are analysing what will increase a fright response.
“Infrasound is a sound that’s below what we can hear, below 20 hertz. But you can still feel it. It’s like a low, rumbling base sound,” associate professor Rodney Schmaltz explained.
Infrasound is found and has been measured in homes being exposed to industrial wind turbines noise emissions. Reported adverse health symptoms of impacted residents adjacent to industrial wind turbines mirror many of the reactions observed by researchers looking to increase the spook experience when using infrasound.
Half of the volunteers would go through with the low frequency noise, half would go through without it.
“The hair on the back of your neck goes up; you feel something.”
“You might go, ‘Oh, it’s a ghost!’ When in fact it’s just infrasound,” Schmaltz said.
Researchers test scary sounds at Deadmonton haunted house
By: Sarah Kraus
Reporter Global News October 20, 2017
With Halloween just around the corner, researchers are using Edmonton’s scariest haunted house to test a theory on how sound contributes to fear.
MacEwan University professors chose to conduct their study at Deadmonton in the old Paramount Theatre for the second year in a row.
In its fourth year in Alberta’s capital, Deadmonton is known for providing a thrill.
“You can basically expect an intense, very scary walk-through experience, like you’ve never experienced before,” explained owner Ryan Kozar.
“It’s not like the old haunted house rides that you’d see at the fair back in the day.”
He normally tries to spook all of the senses in the haunted house.
“You walk into the summoning room — there’s cemetery sounds. You go through the woods, the swamp scene — there’s swap sounds, there’s crickets. It brings it all to life. There might be some scents in there, too.”
Researchers from MacEwan University are especially interested in analyzing the impact of an inaudible sound.
A date has been set for a public information meeting about a wind turbine study, being conducted by the Huron County Health Unit.
The session will present details on the upcoming study regarding reported human health concerns associated with living near industrial wind turbines.
The meeting is being held on Thursday, October 26th in the auditorium of the Health Unit’s complex, just south of Clinton. It starts at 7:00 p.m.
Seating is limited, so you are asked to call the health unit at 519-482-3416 and dial ‘0’ to speak to the receptionist about attending.
Epidemiologist Erica Clark explains they’ll start recruiting participants for the study in a few weeks.
“We’ll be looking for people that are Huron County residents that live within ten kilometres of a wind turbine and we want to talk to both people that do have difficulties with wind turbines and also those that do not. We are very much interested in speaking with people who have both perspective”, says Dr. Clark.
“What we’re looking to do with the analysis is see if we can find some environmental factors that might account for why we have some households that are experiencing a number of difficulties with the wind turbines and then we have other households that report that they’re doing just fine.”
Kincardine council has decided to give it another shot, in support of some of its citizens.
At the October 4th council meeting, it was decided to send a letter to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) regarding citizens concerns about the effects of wind turbines near their homes.
The mayor says, “Our residents have gone through all the normal channels, sometimes a few times and the Ministry of Environment has answered some of them from time to time but they still have some outstanding concerns.”
Council was reacting to a letter written by Franklin and Deborah Walpole that states, “We are affected by the Enbridge project but we know that our neighbours living among the turbines of the Armow project have similar concerns.”
The letter suggests that both projects are “operating out of compliance.”
Eadie says it’s time for the municipality to “take it up a level” and demand some specific answers about the concerns of the residents.
She says obviously they would like sound audits to be done and the results to be reported.
A Blessing in disguise. Time to take the evidence to Court.
North Kent Wind agrees to cease construction at turbine site until matter returns to court
By Ellwood Shreve, Chatham Daily News
Thursday, September 7, 201
Construction will cease at one turbine site for the North Kent Wind project, but a court order is prohibiting anyone from blockading, obstructing or impeding access to any other construction sites for project.
However, the matter will return to court at the end of the month, when the grassroots citizen group Water Wells First plans to be ready to make its case for stopping the project, due to the impact vibrations from constructing the turbines have had on area water wells.
In a statement released Thursday, North Kent Wind stated it appeared before the Superior Court of Justice on Wednesday seeking injunction prohibiting blockades and other interference with the construction of its wind project.
“We respect the rights of citizens who disagree with wind energy or the project to have their voices heard,” the company stated.
“The motion for injunctive relief became necessary because some protestors were engaging in what we believe was unlawful conduct, raising serious concerns about the safety of workers and protestors alike,” the statement added.
North Kent Wind said it sought the assistance of the court to enforce the rule of law and keep the peace.
“At the request of the court and out of respect for those who oppose the project and wish to be heard, we agreed to cease construction at one turbine site, which is currently blockaded and occupied by protestors, until the motion is heard by the court on Sept. 28-29.”
The court has granted an interim order restraining and preventing anyone from blockading, obstructing, or impeding access to any of the construction sites for the project.
Kevin Jakubec, spokesman for Water Wells First, called the upcoming court appearance “a blessing in disguise.”
He said when the matter returns to court, this will be the first time, that he is aware of, that evidence will be brought before a court in Ontario regarding the damage a wind farm has caused to the environment and a water resource….
 As described in greater detail below, the Approval Holder has proposed an amendment to the REA to include additional curtailment measures designed to reduce little brown myotis mortalities. The Tribunal finds that these additional measures, provided they are amended to require that they be implemented from sunset to sunrise, is likely to significantly reduce little brown myotis mortality over the life of the Project. However, as neither the Approval Holder nor the Director has proposed effective means to mitigate the serious harm to human health, as found by the Tribunal in its October 2016 Order, the Tribunal concludes that the decision of the Director should be revoked. As such, an amendment to the REA to address harm to little brown myotis via an amended mitigation plan is rendered unnecessary.
Wind turbines are proposed to be installed on Lake Erie as LEEDCO project developers re-submit documents previously deemed incomplete. Environmentalists continue to raise alarms of serious harmful impacts to marine and avian species. If construction goes ahead well over 2 000 industrial wind turbines could crowd the waters of Lake Erie. The Great Lakes are an important ecosystem and host location for globally significant flyways used by large numbers of migrating birds, bats and insects (such as monarch butterflies) from the far reaches of the world.
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The developers seeking to build North America’s first freshwater offshore wind project in Lake Erie moved a step closer to obtaining an essential state certification this week.
The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. submitted two key environmental applications detailing its plans for monitoring and analyzing the impact of the six-turbine wind farm on birds, bats and fish.
Approval of the plans by the Ohio Power Siting Board is required before LEEDCo can proceed with construction of the $126 million Icebreaker Wind project planned for a site about eight to 10 miles northwest of Cleveland.
“We’ve been working with ODNR for the past few months,” said LEEDCo’s Beth Nagusky. “These are the documents the siting board required. Once they are approved, the board will issue a public notice and continue the permitting process.”
Each of the so-called memorandums of understanding lays out plans to evaluate the environmental conditions at the lake site prior to the start of construction, during construction, and after the wind farm is built and operational….
The wind farm’s impact of greatest concern to birders and environmentalists involves the potential for high mortality rates due to collisions by birds and bats into the spinning fan blades.
LEEDCo acknowledges this fear in its document, but warns that monitoring and documenting casualties from collisions are difficult and pose unique hurdles not found at land-based wind farms.