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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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As we mentioned recently, some people think opposing industrial wind turbine developments is “sensationalizing” the effects, and that the turbine developments can’t be as bad as we’re making out.

Here’s a letter from today’s Orangeville Citizen. Now, with 100+ turbines in the area already working, and 100s more planned, these people know what they’re talking about.

This is why we’re doing what we’re doing: informing the community about what could happen to North Gower and Richmond.

Note that in the letter, the writer talks about some 232 homes within 4.5 km of the turbines… in North Gower that number would be MUCH higher.

Thank you Mark for pointing out to the reporter, Wes Keller, that our home is not the only one to fall under the shadow of the proposed Industrial Wind Turbines. Unfortunately you are making an understatement when you say 30 or more other homes, as there are actually 232 homes in the 4.5 km radius that will be affected. Along with you and the other residents, we formed WCORHE (Whittington Coalition for Our Right to a Healthy Environment) and together we made a map of the 232 homes and their locations in respect to the proposed wind turbines. This map was then submitted by MPP Sylvia Jones to the Ministries of Environment and Energy.

We do sympathize with the local homeowners who have their houses up for sale and can’t sell them due to the turbine proposal, but unlike them we plan to be here for generations to come. Not only will our home fall under this shadow but so will our family spinach farm operation in which all of our family members participate. Our family, as well as the other 232 homes and their residents are all in protest of these pending health hazards and the devaluation of our properties.

Our WCORHE group opposes WPD’s (the wind project developers) misleading information which they gave at their first information meeting held at the Orangeville Fairgrounds Oct 12, 2010.

The information maps at their meeting were so far out of date that they didn’t even show our home or many other recently built residences on them.

We are objecting to WPD’s underhanded tactics which included denial of globally documented health issues and outdated maps that had no correct information as to the number of homes affected or their proximity to the proposed Industrial Turbine sites.

Betsy Collins Mono-Amaranth Townline


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North Gower Wind Action Group receives candidates’ responses

Posted Sep 30, 2010 By EMC News

EMC News – Candidates and incumbents running for the upcoming municipal election are ignoring a major environmental issue that is of concern to all Ottawa taxpayers, says a local citizens’ group.

A complex of 190-meter high industrial wind turbines proposed for the south area of Ottawa could have significant environmental impacts, health effects for residents, and a decline in property values for neighbouring homes, says the North Gower Wind Action Group’s chair.

“We received very thoughtful replies from several candidates,” says Jane Wilson, “but most are just ignoring this important issue. That’s a mistake. This turbine development is not going to be good for the environment, it’s not good for our community or for Ottawa as a whole. The city’s tax base could be affected by declining property values if this industrial project is allowed to proceed.”

Ontario’s Green Energy Act removed all municipalities’ planning powers where renewable energy projects are concerned.

Responding to the wind action group’s questionnaire sent out last month, Capital ward candidate and environmentalist David Chernushenko said “The North Gower project appears to be one that is too large, too close to residents, and without sufficient community buy-in.”

Mayoral candidate Mike Maguire said he had been “shocked to learn about the experiences of residents in southern Ontario with industrial wind turbines, the health effects, the reduction in property values, and the negative effects on migratory birds…I object to such developments in principle due to the tremendous cost and their essential inefficiency.”

Rideau-Goulbourn ward candidates Scott Moffatt and Iain J.MacCallum are also skeptical about the development. “It is my belief that North Gower is unlikely to be a suitable location to produce wind energy due to its low potential to produce efficient supply,” said Moffatt.

Sitting councillor Glenn Brooks, who brought a motion to city council last year asking for a moratorium on turbine developments until health studies have been donewhich was defeatedsaid he doesn’t think the Ontario Ministry of Health has enough information on health effects from turbines. “Setbacks ought to be 1.5 km from the nearest house,” he said. “That would likely remove neighbours’ concerns about health and noise.” Current Ontario regulations state that the setback between a turbine and the centre of a neighbouring home can be just 550 meters.

Incumbent Kanata North councillor Marianne Wilkinson thinks the North Gower plan is too close to homes – the separation should be two kilometers.

“I would support a motion to give the City control over planning the location of wind farms with more stringent distances to homes required,” said Wilkinson.

“Industrial wind turbines are supposed to be built only in communities that want them, but nobody asked us,” says Wilson of the wind action group. “Right now, there are 67 Ontario communities objecting to turbine developments for very good reasons. We’re sorry to see that many politicians don’t seem to care about this crucial issue that affects the whole city. The people of North Gower and Richmond need the support of their fellow citizens throughout Ottawa to ensure the province responds to citizens’ concerns on this issue.”

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If you are new to learning about industrial wind turbines and the issues (noise, vibration, environmental damage) you’ll know that there are two places that are way ahead of us here in Ottawa, where we don’t have turbines yet (and hope we don’t get subjected to the same conditions as Melancthon, Amaranth, Ripley, Clear Creek…).

One is Wisconsin where setbacks were as little as 300 feet between turbines and houses. The website of the wind action group there has gone ahead and prepared an “A B Cs” of learning about wind turbines, so we won’t botheer reinventing the wheel. They know more about this, anyway. Note that while they are working toward community ordinances to protect health and property values, we in Ontario don’t have that choice: the Green Energy Act took all rights away from municipalities and citizens.

Anyway, visit the Wisconsin website here, and be sure to explore some of their videos.


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