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Be sure to get your copy of the Manotick Messenger with the story about the Lisa MacLeod/Pierre Poilievre announcement demanding a moratorium on the North Gower-Richmond wind project.
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Pierre Poilievre, M.P.
July 12, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Poilievre, MacLeod call for a moratorium on North Gower industrial wind turbines
Calling for Premier McGuinty to put project on hold until Health Canada Study completed
North Gower, ON – In a residential area that sits next to an open farmer’s field, Pierre Poilievre, MP for Nepean-Carleton, Lisa MacLeod, MPP for Nepean-Carleton, and Jane Wilson, President of Wind Concerns Ontario joined together to call for a moratorium on the wind farm project proposed for the village of North Gower. This call follows an announcement from the Federal Minister of Health, Leona Aglukkaq, that Health Canada, in collaboration with Statistics Canada, will be conducting a research study to determine the relationship between noise pollution from industrial wind turbines (IWTs) and the possible health implications for those living nearby.
“This research study will provide us with the information we need to keep our fellow citizens safe from harm,” said Poilievre. “Due to increasing reports of health problems, a lack of consensus on this issue, and the need for properly designed clinical research, I am calling for a moratorium on the Marlborough Wind Farm project in North Gower until conclusive evidence from Health Canada can definitively show that there are no adverse health risks associated with living in close proximity to industrial wind turbines.” Poilievre added that he has written an open letter to Premier McGuinty outlining his concerns and hopes that the Premier will act upon his request.
“By forcing industrial wind turbine developments on rural communities, the McGuinty Liberals have stripped away local decision making, driven up hydro costs, lowered private property values, and ignored possible health and environmental impacts,” added MacLeod. “I’m continuing my calls for a moratorium to be placed on further wind developments and I am pleased the federal government has announced a study to determine health effects”
Jane Wilson, resident of North Gower and President of Wind Concerns Ontario, said, “It is unacceptable for the Ontario government to continue to approve projects when government staff refuse to acknowledge the problem, are not able to measure the noise, and cannot ensure compliance with their own regulations, which are clearly inadequate.”
The Marlborough Wind Farm, initiated in 2008 by Prowind Canada, proposes 10 IWTs in close proximity to the village of North Gower. With a population of over 2,000 people, the majority of the village is within three kilometers from one or more IWT. What is even more concerning is that, according to a map outlining the proposed industrial wind turbine locations, there are more than 30 families living within 800 meters. There is currently no start date for construction of these IWTs; Prowind is currently waiting for approval from the Ontario government before proceeding with the project.
The Health Canada study is slated to be complete in 2014.
“Poilievre, MacLeod, Wilson & residents of North Gower unite to call for a moratorium on the Marlborough Wind Farm project proposed for the village.”
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Pierre Poilievre, M.P. Nepean-Carleton
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MPP Pierre Poilievre and MP Lisa MacLeod of Nepean-Carleton announced their demand for a moratorium on the proposed Marlborough wind project, planned for the North Gower-Richmond area of the City of Ottawa, at a joint news conference held in North Gower this morning.
In a quiet cul-de-sac in the Meadowbrook neighbourhood MacLeod and Poilievre noted that the power project is completely incompatible with the community.
Poilievre cited statistics on the noise that could be produced by the gigantic and powerful turbines and told the dozens of community members who gathered on the hot weekday morning that the recently announced Health Canada study on health effects and wind turbine noise will provide valuable information to help people from becoming ill due to the environmental noise produced by the machines.
Lisa MacLeod spoke of how she has supported the community in its opposition to the project for years and called on the Ontario government to halt development of wind power facilities until proper regulations for safety can be established.
Both the MP and MPP are among the first elected representatives to call for the moratorium.
North Gower Wind Action Group Chair and Wind Concerns Ontario president Jane Wilson said that the fact that Health Canada has recognized and acknowledge the health problems associated with large-scale wind turbines means that the federal government at least is listening to the concerns of citizens. She too called on the Ontario government to stop issuing approvals for wind projects and to help the people already affected. “This is not our Ontario, when people are not being heard.”
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Posted in health effects wind turbines, Industrial wind turbines, Marlborough wind project, moratorium wind turbines, noise wind turbines, North Gower, North Gower Wind Action Group, Wind mills North Gower, wind mills Richmond, tagged cost-benefit wind power, Dalton McGuinty, Green Energy Act, Health Canada, Health Canada wind turbine study, health effects wind turbines, noise wind turbines, North Gower Wind Action Group, Pierre Poilievre, property values and wind turbines, Richmond wind farm on July 10, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Health Canada announced a study into the possible links between the noise and infrasound (the wind industry has denied that there are any links, and that infrasound even exists) and health effects, saying there is a “knowledge gap” and a lack of scientific evidence to drive policy.
And, in other news, Nepean-Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre announced an open letter to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, asking for a moratorium on the North Gower-Richmond wind power project, due to concerns about health and property values.
This is a good forward step, and encouraging that the federal government has recognized the existence of the complaints from people already living with turbines, recognized the role of both environmental noise and infrasound, and recognized that there is a lack of solid clinical research. (The Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario report was simply a literature review, and it too, said there was a need for more research, particularly related to the issue of noise.)
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Posted in health effects wind turbines, Industrial wind turbines, noise wind turbines, North Gower Wind Action Group, Wind mills North Gower, wind mills Richmond, tagged environmental effects wind mills, environmental effects wind turbines, farm animals and wind farms, health effects wind turbines, health studies wind turbine noise, property values and wind turbines, Senator Frank Lasee, setbacks wind farms, sheep farming wind farms, wind farms Australia on July 9, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
We’ve ben saying for a while that the people who’ve signed lease agreements to have large-scale wind turbines on their land may be getting a few surprises. Last night’s show on Wind Wise Radio is a clear demonstration of that, as guests talk about animal health, the destruction of the ability to farm for the host farmers and their non-participating (and none too happy) neighbours. We’re talking about animal health, interference with the water table, disruption of tile drainage, and more.
Listen here, and take special note of Wisconsin Senator Frank Lasee, who talks honestly about the people becoming ill in his state, and about what safe setbacks should be. He also says property values in that state for neighbouring properties have dropped 30-50%.
Posted in health effects wind turbines, Industrial wind turbines, Marlborough wind project, moratorium wind turbines, noise wind turbines, North Gower Wind Action Group, Wind mills North Gower, wind mills Richmond, tagged Algonquin Power, cost-benefit wind power, Feed In Tariff, FIT subsidy, leasing land for wind turbines, North Gower wind farm, property values and wind turbines, Prowind, rare earth in wind turbines, wind power efficiency, wind turbine noise on July 8, 2012 | 5 Comments »
We just visited Prowind’s website for an update—there is none, there never is–and were delighted to see the little sidebar of facts about wind power is still there. Cute little factoids pop up like, Wind power development increases by 30% every two years.
Here are some facts of our own.
Wind power generation efficiency declines by 2 percent a year; by the end of the 20-year contract, the turbines are producing next to nothing, unless they have undergone expensive replacement of the nacelle and the blades.
Wind power efficiency is about 24 percent; solar is about 13, and nuclear is about 80 percent for 40 years. However, wind power developers typically peg the efficiency rate much higher. Algonquin Power, for example, claims an efficiency rate of 37 percent for some of its projects, and depicts a straight line rate of efficiency throughout the 20-years of its contract for government/taxpayer subsidies. This is not illegal; it’s up to investors to do their own research and discover the pie-in-the-sky claims.
Each large-scale wind turbine contains over a ton of “rare earth,” a material that is being mined in China with disastrous environmental consequences, and which is causing people to be made ill. At the end of the life of a large-scale wind turbine, the rare earth and all the toxic hydraulic fluids in the nacelle must be disposed of as toxic waste. With Ontario heading for more than 6,000 of these machines, where are we going to put all that stuff.
Wind turbines leak oil: just Google that and see the photos of the brown-streaked turbine towers.
Wind power developers claim that farm owners can farm right up to the turbines and can treat it just like a “very big tree,” said one company. The most of Ontario’s valuable farmland that is being used is 2 acres, they say. Not so: farm owners are finding out that despite the contract terms, as many as 12 acres of land are being used up, for access roads and equipment.
North American insurance companies are starting to have to explain to people who have leased land for large-scale turbines that they are no longer insured for property insurance or third-party liability. The risk is too great and, the insurance companies say, the property owners have no control over who’s coming on their land and when, so–no insurance! Specialty insurers will probably take over, at much greater premium costs.
The taxpayer-paid subsidy for the average large-scale wind turbine in Ontario si about $500,000 per turbine, per year. In return, the people of Ontario are getting: higher electricity bills, the bill for the transmission lines being built to service the wind power, the bill for power not to be produced when we don’t need it, lowered property values, dead birds and bats, and reduced attractiveness of some of Ontario’s most beautiful landscapes.
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Posted in Industrial wind turbines, noise wind turbines, North Gower Wind Action Group, Wind mills North Gower, tagged "Hot air initiative Toronto", Ben Dover, cost-benefit wind power, Dalton McGuinty, municipalities protesting Green Energy Act, urban-rural divide Ontario, wind farm downtown Toronto, wind power NIMBYs, wind turbine noise, wind turbines downtown Toronto on July 6, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
A recent tongue-in-cheek article by someone with the pen name “Ben Dover” puts forward the idea that maybe, since Toronto is already noisy and people are up all night, industrial-scale wind turbines should be put in key positions right in downtown Toronto. It’s where the power is needed anyway. No expensive transmission lines!
The interesting thing is the use of photos; when done like this the pictures look like the turbines are crazy big … which of course, they are. Here is an excerpt of the article…no idea of the source, which is not something we normally do, but this brings up a number of points. And shows that the demonstration turbine at Exhibition Place is really just a (non-functioning) toy.
Posted in health effects wind turbines, Industrial wind turbines, moratorium wind turbines, noise wind turbines, North Gower Wind Action Group, Wind mills North Gower, wind mills Richmond, tagged cost-benefit wind power, Green Energy Act, health effects wind turbines, Industrial wind turbines, leasing land for wind turbines, National Farmers Union, NFU, noise wind turbines, property values and wind turbines, Robert Budd, Rural Voice, Wolfe Island on June 8, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
In the current issue of Rural Voice, publication of the National Farm Union of Canada, is a column by Ontario resident Robert Budd.
Right off, he puts the boots to the notion that we must bring in wind power because people are dying from coal. In Ontario right now, less than 3 % of our power is produced from coal-fired power generation … and we’re only using coal because we need to keep the plants on in case of a high peak of demand. Mr Budd notes that Denmark uses far more coal to create power, and comments, “If people are dying in Ontario from 4 percent coal use, it’s a wonder the Danes aren’t extinct…”
If only these arguments were just silly, and not a horrendous excuse for industrializing communites, wrecking scenic vistas in a thoroughly beautiful province, crushing property values and actually making people ill.
Read Mr Budd’s column here … and be inspired to write something yourself!
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Posted in health effects wind turbines, Industrial wind turbines, Marlborough wind project, noise wind turbines, North Gower Wind Action Group, Wind mills North Gower, wind mills Richmond, tagged cost-benefit wind power, Dalton McGuinty, health effects wind turbines, Industrial wind turbines, leasing land for wind turbines, livestock and wind farms, noise wind turbines, North Gower, property values and wind turbines, wind farm North Gower, wind turbine noise on June 8, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
New South Wales in Australia is being blanketed by industrial wind turbines, in spite of health concerns, rising electricity costs and even a full Senate inquiry into wind power generation.
The effects have been devastating. Here is an interview with sheep farmer Anne Gardner, whose home is a shocking 90 meters from a wind turbine and whose farms is near a wind power generation project, on what has happened to her. She farms sheep for wool and had produced a quality of wool among the best in the world.
The disgust and anger is apparent in the interviewer’s voice as he concludes, we hope that the people will win out eventually.
Our view: legal action is the only resort left to us, when we are fighting the combination of big business and our own government.
Take a few moments to listen to the radio broadcast here:
If you have a few more minutes, check out this TV news interview, also from Australia: every single point to be made about wind power generation and its effects is in this interview.
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