A message to everyone who lives near industrial wind power plants – or who is facing the prospect

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.

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  1. The basic problem is that the general populace sees wind, solar, and whatever “green” energy as the “in” thing. It is difficult to sway the public. For the public it is easier to do nothing, something I am sure everyone has experienced.

  2. Dear Ontario Energy Board and Capital Power/ K2 Team,

    Re: EB-2012-0458 K2 Wind Power Project (Against)

    Goderich, ON N7A 3Y3

    I have been reading and watching videos from the attached website. Global Wind Energy – The Human Impact.

    globalwindenergyimpact.com/2013/02/20/wind-turbine-sound-an-independent-investigation/

    I watched a 1 hr video by a sound engineer Rob Rand – a presentation in Riga Township, Michigan. It was very interesting.

    The scientist stated that a typical rural area has 20 db of background noise.

    A change of 20 db (from normal background noise) is extremely distressing for most people.

    The K2 team told me to expect 38 db due to the high number of wind turbines within 1000 m of my home.

    I believe that K2 purposely manipulated the sound studies to underestimate the decibel figures in order to comply with the 40 db limit.

    This is the reason K2 was so reluctant to provide this data to me.

    Purposely manipulating data in order to meet the minimum standards puts K2 outside the scope of any limitations of liability under the Green Energy Act.

    The change and unpredictability of turbine sound and knowing it will not be going away soon…..like a train or airplane, is unbearable for most people over a period of time.

    Scientist Rob Rand discussed that most industries attempts to follow a “non-degradation” policy and follows the policy of being a “good neighbor”.

    He’s done extensive study on sound for decades for various industries and discussed the relationship of noise and distance from the turbines.

    It seems that the industrial wind turbine industries are exempt from noise standards because they are “green”.

    There is more regulation on noise for factories than for the wind industry.

    I urge you to go to the website and watch it.

    A setback of 550 meters is ridiculous. Just because the government …..with the advice of the wind industry and big money and politics say 550 meters is acceptable, does not make it right.

    With that logic….the people following the government of Hitler did nothing wrong at the time.

    These setbacks are WRONG. They should be a minimum of 2 km from the neighboring property line.

    I received the health study from the University of Waterloo. They want to know if I want to contribute hair, blood, saliva.

    A sample of the questions in the survey include ….how concerned are you about “keeping the garden/backyard tidy” and

    do you “like to personalize your dwelling.” “How often do you have trouble sleeping because you are too cold?”

    I read what Mr. Wendelgas of K2 sent me concerning the health study.

    If I read correctly….the results of any such study does not have to be taken into consideration.

    The website he sent me explained results “may” apply broadly or only to specific types or sectors.

    Mr. Paul Wendelgas (K2 Project Lead) sent me a letter referencing a study and there was no measurable low frequency noise after 1.5km.

    However, the proposed turbines near my rural home will be much closer than 1.5km.

    Is K2 has confirming that I will have degradation to my “Quality of Life”?

    If K2 has already determined that 1.5km is the distance to cause no audible harm, then why is K2 placing turbines closer than 1.5km to homes?

    I resent being used as a human lab rat. Taking samples before and after turbines are put into operation to see a cause and effect is WRONG.

    Does Canada not recognize the international treaty banning the use of humans as test subjects against their will to validate health effects?

    I resent that K2 can change the ambient background noise of my home with no feeling of guilt or remorse.

    K2 will be degrading the interior of my home and property with noise.

    If we have health problems and want to move, no person seeking a peaceful home in the country would consider purchasing it.

    Also, as I understand it, if you attempt to sell a home in proximity to a proposed turbine, you have to declare it just as you would for proximity to hazardous waste or radon or a leaky basement or asbestos or mold etc.

    People can not get financing from a bank if a home is too close to turbines.

    That tells me, banks do not want to take on the risk of owning a worthless piece of property.

    The only thing “green” about industrial wind turbines is the amount of money being made.

    Wind energy would be non-sustainable, without government subsidies.

    The sporadic and inconsistent energy produced by the wind means that back up generators using fossil fuels will still be needed.

    The cost of having to construct wind turbines and the cost to construct back up generating systems means that citizens have to pay twice for one source of energy.

    The price of energy due to the cost of wind turbines is making this province non-competitive for current or future industry, costing this province real jobs.

    The false propaganda that Capital Power spewed forth in their “informational” meetings regarding no loss in property values was a blatant distortion from the truth.

    The false propaganda that Capital Power spewed forth in their “informational” meetings regarding health effects on residents was a blatant distortion from the truth.

    The false propaganda that Capital Power spewed forth in their “informational” meetings regarding the economic sustainability of “green” energy was a blatant distortion from the truth.

    Mr. Paul Wendelgas did not answer my questions. What will K2 do if 550 meters is found insufficient a few years from now?

    Will K2 turbines be taken down or “grandfathered” and remain?

    Is that why K2 refuses to wait for the results of health studies?

    How many engineers and executives at K2 choose to live 550 meters from a neighbor’s 100 meter Industrial Turbine?

    How can the managers and executives in the wind industry sleep well at night – knowing what they are doing – with absolutely no concern for the well being of rural people – knowing full well that people living next to these industrial facilities can not sleep due to the constant inconsistent “boom boom boom” in their bedrooms? (caused by the wind turbines)

    Dear Ontario Energy Board,

    I have many questions and concerns regarding the proposed K2 Capital Power Project.

    I am still awaiting a response to my Feb. 27, 2013 e-mail questions to the K2 project team.

    Please see questions towards the end of this letter.

    Additional questions –

    Dear K2 – How do turbines and vibration affect earthworm density and the resulting soil structure and thus crop productivity?

    Dear K2 – Do turbines affect television antenna reception? How will K2 remedy poor television reception if turbine placement negatively affects reception?

    Dear K2 – Tundra Swans flew over my property last week. Will K2 turn off turbines during swan migration season? How will that impact energy productivity estimates?

    Dear K2 – When do bats migrate in the K2 project area? Will K2 turn off turbines during bat migration?

    Dear K2 – How will K2 remedy an increase in insect and pest infestation due to a reduction in bat populations as it relates to crop damage?

    Dear K2 – How do turbines affect local micro-climate?

    Dear K2 – Does slowing down wind energy and local precipitation result in micro-climate change?

    Dear K2 – How will the turbines affect daytime and night time temperature variation as it relates to the growing season for crops and resulting productivity?

    Dear K2 – Who will be responsible for covering medical and prescription cost for individuals who suffer from Wind Turbine Syndrome as a result of your proposed 138 turbine project? Will it be K2 or the taxpayer?

    Dear K2 – If noise created by the project results in people having to close their windows during the summer to sleep, who will be responsible for providing air conditioning and the increase in hydro costs?

    Dear K2 – If turbines negatively affect weather radar, who will pay the price to relocate and/ or remedy the issue? The taxpayer or the wind industry?

    Dear K2 – If Health Studies conclude setbacks of greater than 550 meters, will the turbine or will the receptor/ home be removed? Who will pay the costs?

    Dear K2 – If K2 is so confident that residential property value will not decrease when proximity to an IWT is less than 1000 meters, then why won’t K2 provide a “property value” guarantee?

    Dear K2 – Who will pay the price of reduced municipal tax revenues if property is devalued as a result of your 138 turbine project?

    P.S.

    Please see the attached article.

    A review of the study reccommends a minimum setback of 2 miles to minimize negative health effects from low-frequency noise resulting from Indusrtial Wind Turbines

    and turbines do not reduce CO2 emissions

    and turbines are not cost effective

    and turbines reduce property value – especially if home/receptor is closer than 2 miles.

    Click to access heath-industrial-scale-wind-turbine-report.pdf

    February 12, 2013

    Ontario Energy Board

    I am a ratepayer of the township of Ashfield Colborne Wawanosh, Ontario, Canada and therefore a stakeholder with an interest and voice in all provincial matters. I strongly object to the K2 Wind Project of 138 turbines which is being proposed for Ashfield Colborne Wawansoh. The impact that this project would have on ACW would be immense. This issue has galvanized and unified communities throughout rural Ontario to fight this unjustifiable economic boondoggle. I am united with citizens of Ontario who object to the imposition of such a poorly conceived and implemented energy policy. This is not the way in which to move our province towards more renewable energy production.

    ACW is one of the most productive agricultural areas of the province and should be used for agriculture. Our province is currently sitting in a surplus power situation. We simply don’t need these turbines at this time. Increasingly, the province is dealing with situations where the energy demand is low but wind production is high. This results in surplus power which has to be exported at very low prices. All of this is paid for by the taxpayers of this province. Every turbine project approved makes this situation worse. Citizens are being asked to shoulder a huge economic burden for unnecessary energy production. This completely undermines the intent of producing green energy and is contrary to the public interest.

    I also object to the inevitable devaluation of property, which will occur once the turbines become operational. Data being released from MPAC for Wolfe Island shows that 78 properties have been devalued by the turbine project there, some by up to 40%. In the Shelburne area residents have been denied financing on properties affected by nearby turbines. It is unacceptable for the residents of our province and ACW to have the value of one of their most important assets stolen without compensation and then be asked to pay exorbitant electricity rates to fund that theft.

    I also object to the proposed 230 KV transmission line being buried on a public road allowance. There are enormous safety risks from such a high voltage line being located on public land and under municipal drains. This is a risk to which the public should not be exposed.

    In light of all these concerns, I therefore respectfully ask that this project not be granted Leave to Construct. I also support the request for Intervenor Status made on February 1st by a group of ratepayers and landowners from Ashfield Colborne Wawanosh.

    February 12, 2013

    Secretary

    Ontario Energy Board

    Box 2319, 27th Floor

    2300 Yonge Street

    Toronto M4P 1E4

    RE: EB-2012-0458 K2 Wind Power Project, Ashfield Colborne Wawanosh

    I am a ratepayer of the township of Ashfield Colborne Wawanosh, in Ontario, Canada and therefore a stakeholder with an interest and voice in all provincial matters. I strongly object to the K2 Wind Project of 138 turbines which is being proposed for Ashfield Colborne Wawansoh. The impact that this project would have on ACW would be immense. This issue has galvanized and unified communities throughout rural Ontario to fight this unjustifiable economic boondoggle. I am united with citizens of Ontario who object to the imposition of such a poorly conceived and implemented energy policy. This is not the way in which to move our province towards more renewable energy production.

    ACW is one of the most productive agricultural areas of the province and should be used for agriculture. Our province is currently sitting in a surplus power situation. We simply don’t need these turbines at this time. Increasingly, the province is dealing with situations where the energy demand is low but wind production is high. This results in surplus power which has to be exported at very low prices. All of this is paid for by the taxpayers of this province. Every turbine project approved makes this situation worse. Citizens are being asked to shoulder a huge economic burden for unnecessary energy production. This completely undermines the intent of producing green energy and is contrary to the public interest.

    I also object to the inevitable devaluation of property, which will occur once the turbines become operational. Data being released from MPAC for Wolfe Island shows that 78 properties have been devalued by the turbine project there, some by up to 40%. In the Shelburne area residents have been denied financing on properties affected by nearby turbines. It is unacceptable for the residents of our province and ACW to have the value of one of their most important assets stolen without compensation and then be asked to pay exorbitant electricity rates to fund that theft.

    I also object to the proposed 230 KV transmission line being buried on a public road allowance. There are enormous safety risks from such a high voltage line being located on public land and under municipal drains. This is a risk to which the public should not be exposed.

    In light of all these concerns, I therefore respectfully ask that this project not be granted Leave to Construct. I also support the request for Intervenor Status made on February 1st by a group of ratepayers and landowners from Ashfield Colborne Wawanosh.

    March 20, 2013
    Ms. Stachura,

    In response to your inquires below, we will provide answers to questions that are specific to the K2 Wind Power Project (‘the Project’). Below are answers to the questions you posed in regards to the Project.

    You asked how K2 Wind will respond if health studies determine greater setback distances. The scenario you are presenting is hypothetical, but we can confirm that we are committed to meeting the applicable regulations for our operations. If the regulations for wind farms were to change in the future based on new information, and the new requirements were applied to existing projects, we would comply with all applicable regulations, as required. As we have previously noted to you, the Project Team will continue to look to the provincial regulator to define the requirements for developing and operating wind farms in the province. At all times, we will continue to remain actively engaged to understand these regulations.

    As we have indicated, K2 Wind acknowledges that Health Canada’s new study has the potential to further contribute to the scientific literature and global knowledge base. However, the majority of scientific evidence to date clearly demonstrates that wind turbines do not have an impact on human health. Health Canada, in its recent update on its study protocol, said the following:

    “There is currently insufficient scientific evidence to conclude whether there is a relationship between exposure to wind turbine noise and harm to human health. However, the most rigorous studies available to date do not show a link between exposure to wind turbine noise and harm to human health. Health Canada continues to review emerging scientific evidence. Should new evidence become available that supports a direct link between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects, the Department will review the research and, if necessary, work with the responsible authorities to address these emerging concerns.”

    To view Health Canada’s study and discussion, you can go to http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/consult/_2013/wind_turbine-eoliennes/question-eng.php

    In response to your question about weather radars, K2 Wind undertook a consultation program to identify and contact registered operators of radar systems, including federal and provincial bodies and local providers. Specifically regarding weather radars, we have been consulting with Environment Canada since 2010 and have provided them with details of our Project, including turbine location details. Environment Canada has conducted an assessment of the Project and have indicated that they do not object to the Project going forward.
    In response to your question about offering landowners a property value guarantee, we will not offer a property value guarantee because property values can be influenced by any number of factors unrelated to the Project, and it can be difficult or impossible to demonstrate with certainty the contribution of specific elements to a transaction price. There are recent studies available which indicate that neither the view of the wind turbines nor the distance of the home to the wind project have any consistent, measurable or statistically significant effect on home sale prices. K2 Wind does not believe there will be property value impacts as a result of the Project.

    Additional Project information is available at http://www.K2Wind.ca.

    Sincerely,

    Paul F. Wendelgass

    Project Lead, K2 Wind

    K2Wind@capitalpower.com / 519.524.2760

  3. Very timely clip. It reflects the sentiments of the intelligent portion of the population regarding the wind turbine situation. It will soon be to the point of screaming out the windows….but it may be better to go to the source of the problem, and do our screaming there.

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