Category Archives: Protecting our children

Jericho wind project opponents taking case to environmental tribunal

By Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer

 

Wind turbines near Kettle Point.

 

Opponents of NextEra Energy’s 92-turbine Jericho wind energy project have appealed its provincial environmental approval.

Marcelle Brooks, with the Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group, said an appeal filed by member Bob Lewis has been accepted by Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal, and a hearing is expected to be held June 24.

Construction on the wind project that will see turbines built in Lambton Shores and Warwick Township, as well as transmission lines in neighbouring North Middlesex, began days after it was approved April 14 by Ontario’s Ministry of Environment.

Ontario allows construction of renewable energy projects to continue while an appeal is underway, unless the tribunal issues a stay order.

Brooks said they know odds of an appeal succeeding are slim but still decided to go ahead.

“We need our voice to be heard at every opportunity,” she said.

Brooks said they don’t have money for a lawyer and Lewis will represent himself at the tribunal hearing.

“It’s quite complex, when you’re not a lawyer,” she said.

The group members plan to make use of experience gained when members of the wind action group appealed other wind projects.

As well as arguing that wind turbines harm the environment and human health, Brooks said the appeal will challenge the provincial approval under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“We really did not have any say in what is going on here,” she said.

“There has been no freedom to choose, to decide location, to do what’s best for the community. The whole wind energy fiasco has been imposed on us.”

Brooks said the wind action group didn’t file the appeal itself because of past experiences with the tribunal, an independent body established by provincial legislation.

“The tribunal doesn’t care for us, all that well, because we always represent ourselves,” she said.

Brooks said they will request the hearing be held in Lambton so members of the community can attend.

NextEra has said construction of the Jericho wind project is expected to take six to nine months.

See original article here: http://www.lfpress.com/2014/05/02/jericho-wind-project-opponents-taking-case-to-environmental-tribunal

Spring Fling A Great Success

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As residents filled into the Wellandport Community Center, it was clear to all that the West Lincoln, Wainfleet and Haldimand communities are not ready to give up the fight against the NRWC Turbine project anytime soon.  The event was hosted by the Mothers Against Wind Turbines and all funds raised will help in the fight against Industrial Wind Power. Drinks, Food and good times were had by all as everyone got to catch up after a tireless comment period earlier in the year.

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Thank you to all who donated gifts for the Silent Auction and to all the volunteers who helped! We could not have done it without the support of so many hard-working friends from the community, who worked tirelessly to make sure everything was perfect! 

 

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Photos by Stefanos Karatopis

Presentation: “Harm from Wind Turbines: What Has Been Known for Decades”

Speaker: Carmen Krogh
Date: Wed 7 May 2014.  3:30pm.
Place: DC1302 (Davis Center), University of Waterloo

Abstract:

The topic of adverse health effects associated with wind facilities is globally debated. It is acknowledged that if placed too close to residents, industrial wind turbines can negatively affect the physical, mental and social well-being of some. In addition to the general population, at risk are the vulnerable such as fetuses, babies, children, elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions. There is published research on the effects of Low Frequency/Infrasound (LFI) on people and animals dating back several decades. This presentation will provide some of the available evidence drawn from peer reviewed literature, authoritative references, and other sources. It is proposed that known risk of harm can be avoided by siting wind facilities a protective distance from residents.

 

Bio:

Carmen Krogh is published in peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals and has presented papers at scientific noise conferences. She is an independent, full time volunteer and for almost 6 years has researched health and other effects associated with industrial wind energy facilities and shares information with individuals, communities, authorities, wind energy developers, industry and others.  Krogh’s background in health care, vigilance monitoring, editing and publishing helps inform her work. She held senior positions at a major teaching hospital; as a drug information researcher; a professional association and the Health Protection Branch of Health Canada (PMRA). She is a former Director of Publications and Editor-in-chief of the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS), the book used by physicians, nurses, and health professionals for prescribing information on prescription medication in Canada. Her goal is evidence-based siting of IWTs that protects human health.

Committed Citizens Can Change The World

people unitedTurbines Not As Benign As Promised            Susan Smith  Niagara This Week    January 14, 2014

It was recently found in the German Supreme Court that the Enercon Wind Turbines are performing much louder and with potentially greater harm to people than previously determined. The Enercon turbines, E82, height 124 meters and E101 height 135 meters (with blades 183.5 meters or 602 feet in height) are proposed for the 77 Industrial Wind Turbines in the Niagara Regional Wind Corporation Project in West Lincoln. These turbines are among the tallest in the world.

The World Health Organization guarantees that we should be able to live without the negative effects of noise which can interfere with communication, annoy our psychophysiological systems, effect our productivity and social behaviour and cause noise induced hearing impairment. Are we going to have such guarantees with the planned project in West Lincoln?

Children living and attending schools within the proposed wind turbine project will be exposed to low frequency noise, acoustic noise, mechanical noise and infrasound. Children with asthma, Asberger’s syndrome, epilepsy, bronchitis, autism, ADD, ADHD, CAP are more greatly affected by extraneous noise. These children may have more sleeplessness, headaches and jaw issues. It may be more difficult for them to comprehend in reading and process mathematics if turbine noise interferes with their learning.

Many of the children at non-participating homes will be close to the minimum 550 meters from a turbine. Host farmer children, according to information from the NRWC project, may be living much closer than 550 meters from an IWT. This will mean that host children may live in homes much closer to wind turbines than the current Ontario guidelines allow.

Read the rest of this excellent article here.