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CFRA’s Nick van der Graght, filling in for Lowell Green in the 10 a.m. to noon spot Friday, advised a caller facing an industrial wind turbine development that she should sue the property owners who have leased their land for turbines on “nuisance” grounds and for loss of enjoyment of property. To say nothing of lost property values, health effects etc etc.

He commented further that if more people who are being affected by industrial wind power generation projects were to take legal action, the message would come across pretty quick: these projects are not wanted, your unwilling participant neighbours will take action and–guess what–it’s the property owners who are on the hook for legal action, not the corporate wind developers.

As it becomes obvious that the “fix is in” with industrial wind projects and the whole environmental process is a rubber stamp joke, more people will be contacting lawyers for legal advice. We have already heard of a North Gower resident who moved to the quiet village to get relief from migraine headaches that she intends to take legal action.

We’ve already mentioned the use of “anticipatory nuisance” which has been employed by people next to farms with genetically modified crops to take action to prevent the damage to their own property and livelihood. In other words, you can’t wait for the thing to happen to you, and then sue—the damage is already done.

Less talked about and less well understood is another legal term that will likely crop up as more of the Ontario government’s backroom dealings regarding permits and approvals for industrial wind turbine projects are revealed, and the fact that government KNEW its field officers didn’t have the capacity to measure compliance with noise regulations, but kept on approving projects anyway.

The term is misfeasance: a defendant can be accused of misfeasance if he owed a duty of care to the plaintiff. Certainly, the documents being released now by WindyLeaks showed that senior government officials knew of problems with wind power operations, and chose to ignore the situation, including the advice of their field staff.

E-mail us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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And please donate if you can: another BIG meeting coming up, soon, please help get the message out!

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A report from the London Free Press on a meeting held in Goderich last Saturday. What the economics professor didn’t mention is the potential for legal action from “involuntary” neighbours of industrial wind projects who find they are experiencing health effects and that their property value has dropped. This was predicted by Toronto lawyer Eric Gillespie.

See the Free Press story here.

Land owners could face huge turbine costs | London | News | London Free Press.

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Here’s a letter to the Editor of Ontario Farmer¬† (July 26, 2011) which reveals some facts about the construction of today’s gigantic, industrial-scale wind turbines. If you are able to catch the film Windfall anywhere too, this subject is well-covered in the film (Kawartha Lakes, Bayfield and Smithville in the next few weeks). Some people–including to so-called “environmental” groups–believe that industrial scale wind power generation is completely without problems, and is a “clean” resource.¬†They need to learn more.

Here is the letter:

Just how “green” and eco-friendly are industrial wind turbines?

Consider the reinforced concrete foiundation base used to anchor a turbine into the soil. A typical base can contain 250 to 650 cubic meters of concrete. The size of the base depends on the turbine height, the mass of the blades and gearing systems, and the foundation engineering requirements of the turbine.

A typical ready-mixed concrete truck holds eight to nine cubic meters each so that is a lot of truck loads to fill just one single base (30 loads minimum, 70 loads maximim). Each cubic meter of concrete typically has an average mass of 2,400 kg. Of that 2,400 kg, one can expect 355 kg will be cementing materials and the remanider will be water (130-150 kg), chemical admixtures (mass is negliglble) and aggregates (1,915 10 1,935 kg of stone and sand).

If wer suppose that the province were to follow through with their plans for 7,000 turbines in Ontario, that would require the following amounts of materals:

  • cement-621,250 tonnes to 1.615 million tonnes
  • water 262.5 million liters to 682.5 million liters
  • stone and sand- 1.636 million tonnes to 4.25 million tonnes

That is a staggering amount of resources.

All this material is extracted, mined, processed and transported using machinery that is either powered by ddiesel fuel, coal or electricity. Cement kilns are monster consumers of coal and natural gas. The bulldozers, crushers, screeners, trucks, railway cars and ships used to create and move this stuff all gobble countless thousands of liters of fuel.

The quarries needed to produce the cement and aggregates are stripped of their vegetation, and then they are rehabilitated (more fuel and energy).

Not to mention the construction roads and construction activity to access and develop all 7,000 industrial wind turbine sites, and the energy and efforts required to create a new electrical grid that is necessary to connect all 7,000 sites into the existing power supply grid.

…So, how “green” is all this going to be after all?

Replacing Ontario’s coal plants with industrial wind turbines substitutes one set of pollutants for another…is this protecting Ontario the way that [Environment] Minister Wilkinson would have us believe it is?

W. Dean Trentowsky, Mitchell, Ontario

Wind Turbines Under ConstructionBackbone Mountain, West Virginia. This was a forest-covered mountain top; the damage to the land will take decades to be reversed…if ever.

E-mail us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

Please visit http://windconcernsontario.wordpress.com and donate toward the important work being done there.

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We are ever-cautious about providing sound clips of industrial wind turbine noise because, honestly, your computer speakers cannot come close to giving you a realistic experience of the sound, and certainly not the infrasound or vibration, which has to be felt. This Youtube clip, recorded just last week (February, 2011) is useful, however, because the recorder has included visuals of sound measurement. The turbines—part of a NextEra (Florida Power and Light) wind turbine installation in Dekalb County, Illinois–exceed 61 dBA during this recording.

As you may know, Ontario legislation is that turbines cannot exceed an AVERAGE of 40 dBA; but they regularly do, and Ministry of the Environment staff say in answer to complaints that they are not trained or equipped to do measurement…actually, this week, members of Wind Concerns Ontario say their complaints are now not even being answered. Here is the video clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ERgFdRrp9M&feature=player_embedded

We wonder if people contemplating leasing their land for wind turbines have ever heard the turbine noise, or experienced the vibration. You should certainly want to before you get into a 20-year relationship with a corporate wind developer, who probably doesn’t live anywhere near you. Or a turbine.

To contact the North Gower Wind Action Group, please email northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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