Speaking at the first public meeting of the South Branch Wind Opposition Group this week, at a packed meeting in Dixon’s Corners, were two people from the Thamesvillarea area of Ontario, Lisa Michaud and her 20-year-old son, Josh.
The Michauds live 1.2 km away from the Kent Breeze project by Suncor, which was also the subject of an environmental review tribunal earlier this year.
Once the project began operation in April (construction proceeded even though there was an appeal) the family of four became ill. Their symptoms included nausea, vertigo, headaches and sleep disturbance.
It is interesting that these same symptoms are reported by people exposed to the environmental noise and the vibration /infrasound/amplitude modulation around the world.
As a parent, it was very affecting to hear young Josh talk about what the turbine project has done to his life: once a runner, he can’t exercise that way anymore, due to lack of balance. He works in construction in the family business, but now his balance is so unreliable, he can no longer work on a roof. “I used to do roofing, I’d walk on beams and that type of work—I can’t now,” he told the audience of more than 100 residents.
This is frankly appalling when a young person’s health and livelihood are affected. The Government of Ontario KNOWS there are problems with industrial wind turbine noise and vibration. They are choosing to ignore the health and safety of our citizens. They are supporting the industrialization of country communities, and they are looking the other way as properties become less valuable…in some cases, no longer inhabitable.
This must stop.
Wherever you are, join your local group, and make as much noise about this issue as possible–we must be heard.