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Couple’s home unlivable since wind turbines switched on in 2009

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Norma Schmidt of Kincardine is no longer able to live at home due to health effects suffered after the wind turbines became operational.

The Schmidts of Kincardine in Ontario left their home in 2009 when debilitating health symptoms occurred after the wind turbines of an Enbridge project became operational.  They are currently pressuring the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) to undertake noise testing in a full sound spectrum including infrasound (inaudible) measurements.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Couple seeks help on wind turbine concerns.

Kincardine | by Craig Power  

Kincardine residents want new tests done on Enbridge project.

A Kincardine couple is seeking Council support in their quest to have the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to investigate noise emissions from the Enbridge Wind turbines on Concession 6.

Norma and Ron Schmidt have had to move from their home due to health related issues they say are associated with infrasound from the nearby wind turbines.

Rachel Thompson, spokesperson for the Central Bruce-Grey Wind Concerns Group, says the project began in 2009 and they still don’t know if Enbridge is in compliance.

So far the Ministry has only done testing on the ‘audible’ noise emissions but they have not yet tested the ‘inaudible’ or ‘infrasound’ emissions which are known to cause adverse heath effects.

A noise modelling report conducted by Valcoustics Canada Incorporated showed an asterisk beside 6 properties within what they refer to as ‘ground zero’ for noise emissions, with the Schmidt home among them.

Thompson says “the report also stated that we cannot be certain that these 6 homes will not fall within the safe range of audible noise.”

At the April 5th meeting, Kincardine Council voted to support the Schmidt’s letter of request for further investigation by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

The pressure is being applied to the Owen Sound Office of the MOE with hope that testing will be conducted and answers reached.

READ AT: http://www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca/news_item.php?NewsID=92392 

RAIDS, ARRESTS IN €8 MILLION WIND ENERGY FRAUD CASE

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By Janene Pieters on March 29, 2017

Three people were arrested and various homes and office buildings were raided on Tuesday in an investigation into 8 million euros worth of fraud committed by Dutch investment company Hollandsche Wind. The Public Prosecutor and tax investigative service FIOD also seized several cars, Tubantia reports.

According to FIOD, the now bankrupt Hollandsche Wind was used to commit Ponsi fraud – an illegal pyramid scheme. Investors paid a minimum of 5 thousand euros and were promised high returns on wind energy projects. But their returns were paid with money from new investors. No money was ever invested in wind farms or real estate. According to the Prosecutor, the fraud amount is around 8 million euros…..

READ AT: http://nltimes.nl/2017/03/29/raids-arrests-eu8-million-wind-energy-fraud-case 

Cape Breton wind turbine snaps in half

cape-breton-turbine-collapse-2016Nova Scotia Power and wind turbine maker Vestas trying to determine cause

By Anjuli Patil, CBC News

Nova Scotia Power is investigating why one of its wind turbines snapped in half Tuesday night in Grand Étang, Cape Breton.

There was a severe wind warning Tuesday night, but it’s unclear if that had anything to do with the break. The power utility said it is still trying to determine the root cause.

CBC meteorologist Kalin Mitchell said peak wind gusts of 164 km/h were reported at the Grand Étang weather station between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. this morning.

Nova Scotia Power said no one was at the site at the time and no one was injured.

The 50-metre tall wind turbine was made by Denmark-based Vestas.

It was built in 2002 and was one of the first in Nova Scotia with a single 660-kilowatt Vestas turbine.

Nova Scotia Power said the model is the only one of its kind in the province.

READ AT: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/grand-etang-wind-turbine-snaps-1.3921256

Boralex buys out Enercon in Niagara Wind

60BE1C5E-4CA2-4E53-ABDD-BC0778470EF3Who now owns Niagara Wind? That is a constantly evolving answer.  Boralex has bought out Enercon Canada’s interest in the Niagara Wind project located in West Lincoln, Haldimand and Niagara region.  The deal was recently reported in the December 28, 2016 Financial Post article titled “Analysts bullish on Boralex Inc after wind farm deal” http://business.financialpost.com/investing/trading-desk/analysts-bullish-on-boralex-inc-after-wind-farm-deal?__lsa=e557-003e

 

 

Will The Overselling Of Global Warming Lead To A New Scientific Dark Age?

Patrick Michaels  Forbes  Feb. 3,2014

Will the overselling of climate change lead to a new scientific dark age? That’s the question being posed in the latest issue of an Australian literary journal, Quadrant, by Garth Paltridge, one of the world’s most respected atmospheric scientists.

Paltridge was a Chief Research Scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO).  The latter is Australia’s equivalent of the National Science Foundation, our massive Federal Laboratory network, and all the governmental agency science branches rolled into one.

Paltridge lays out the well-known uncertainties in climate forecasting. These include our inability to properly simulate clouds that are anything like what we see in the real world, the embarrassing lack of average surface warming now in its 17th year, and the fumbling (and contradictory) attempts to explain it away.

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Protesters must be right to right wrongs

Brian MacLeod  January 23, 2014 Sudbury Star

PSSSTTTT Read the comments following the article.  Notice how the citizens are far more knowledgeable and enlightened in regards to a certain celebrity than the dumbed down media.

In the late 1980s, Lois Gibbs — who had played a leadership role in forcing a government cleanup of the Love Canal chemical mess in Niagara Falls, N.Y., a decade earlier — gave some advice to a fledgling protest group in Acton that was fighting a move to use a local quarry as a dump for Toronto’s garbage.

Have your science in order, she told them, but don’t depend on it. Make political activism your most important tool. You must embarrass the government politically. You must make politicians uncomfortable in their seats, and you must be impossible to ignore. Once you have the ears of the people, you’ll have the ears of the lawmakers. Then, show them your science.

Gibbs used a photograph of a toilet overflowing with effluent as an indelible image. Then, protesters began showing up at events with toilet seats around their heads wherever politicians were present.

Her group’s efforts were so successful it led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund.

Gibbs was a young mother trying to protect her family. She had credibility, which is the currency of good protesters

Read the rest of the article here.