Ontario Resident’s Revolt: Wind Farm Neighbours Sue Government to Get Noise Rules Enforced

Corruption and the wind industry go hand in glove. From the outset it’s managed to infiltrate every level of government, using tactics that would make the most malign Mafiosi blush.

Renowned for unauthorised facilitation payments (aka ‘bribes’), threats, bullying and aggressive, deep pocketing litigation in order to get its way, one of the key targets were noise rules and regulations which would prevent this subsidy-soaked industry operating with complete impunity.

Around 30 years ago group of acoustic experts each took 30 pieces of silver from the wind industry and, in exchange, wrote noise rules which are completely irrelevant when it comes to assessing noise impacts from incessant turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound: Three Decades of Wind Industry Deception: A Chronology of a Global Conspiracy of Silence and Subterfuge

Late last year, an Australian Court held that the noise rules, which are all based on the utterly irrelevant dB(A) weighting, are completely inadequate when it comes to measuring and controlling wind turbine noise: Australian Court Finds Wind Turbine Noise Exposure a ‘Pathway to Disease’: Waubra Foundation Vindicated

Worse still, is the fact that it’s next to impossible to get the agencies and regulators purportedly responsible for noise pollution in their jurisdictions to enforce those rules, at all; at least in respect of wind turbine noise.

Rightly frustrated with this insidious form of institutional corruption, a group in Ontario has gone to court to force the issue.

Ontario Environment Ministry sued over failure to protect public from industrial wind turbine noise
News Wire
Eric Gillespie
25 January 2018

A judicial review application has been filed against the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (“MOECC”) in the Divisional Court in Toronto. The application alleges Ontario regulations and directives limit the amount of noise any residence in the province should have to tolerate from a wind project. Modelling is used to predict these impacts.

The MOECC has admitted previous guidelines resulted in underestimates of the noise at nearby homes. However, without any evidence that this was necessary, the MOECC has allowed companies promoting at least five large-scale wind projects to ignore new government guidelines. The result is hundreds of Ontario residents near these planned turbines could be living next to turbines that produce noise out of compliance with government regulations. If these projects, located in various parts of Ontario, were required to comply with the new guidelines, it is estimated up to three-quarters of these turbines would have to be relocated or removed.

“The government knows the modeling done by wind companies is wrong. However, the government now doesn’t require them to follow the proper process. It’s not surprising people from across Ontario are joining together to vigorously oppose this,” said Eric Gillespie, legal counsel for the court applicant.

“We do not take this step lightly,” commented Bonnie Rowe, spokesperson for Dutton Dunwich Opponents of Wind Turbines, applicant in this suit. “But we estimate that these five proposed wind power projects will be out of compliance with noise levels as soon as they go on-line. In the Dutton Dunwich case, the majority of the proposed turbines, will likely produce noise over the MOECC maximum allowable levels. That is just unacceptable, especially to the many citizens living nearby, who will be forced to endure that noise. We appreciate the collaborative efforts in this application, of citizens in the other affected communities in Ontario – North Stormont, La Nation, and Wallaceburg.”
News Wire

Wallaceburg Area Wind Concerns Suing MOECC
CKXS FM
25 January 2018

A local activist group is joining forces with a number of other organizations across Ontario in a lawsuit against the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

Representatives with Wallaceburg Area Wind Concerns met this morning with a group from Dutton-Dunwich to announce that a judicial review application has been filed in connection to provincial regulations and directives limiting the amount of noise any residence in the province should have to tolerate from a wind project.

Denise Shepherd with WAWC says, “We all feel that we have a duty of care for the residents in all of our towns. Today, together with them, we’re making a statement loud and clear – people first, health first. We’re going to do whatever we can for the residents that we share our community with”

Spokesperson for Dutton-Dunwich Opponents of Wind Turbines (DOWT) Bonnie Rowe says five communities have wind projects in various stages that were recently awarded contracts.

Rowe says, “On January 23rd, 2018, a judicial review application was filed against the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change in the Divisional Court in Toronto. DOWT is named at the Applicant on the application. We are alleging that the MOECC has failed to protect our communities from industrial wind turbine noise”

“The MOECC has allowed companies promoting at least 5 large-scale wind projects to ignore new government regulations,” says Rowe. “The result is hundreds of Ontario residents near these planned turbines could be living next to turbines that produce noise out of compliance with government regulations”

According to the group, this action will halt wind projects that are in the REA process in the communities involved in the suit, while the suit goes through the courts.

The 5 large-scale wind turbine projects in question are:

  • Eastern Fields Wind Power Project – Municipality of the Nation and the Township of Champlain, United Counties of Prescott-Russell
  • Nation Rise Wind Farm, Township of North Stormont, United Counties of North Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry
  • Otter Creek Wind Farm, Wallaceburg, Municipality of Chatham-Kent
  • Romney Wind Energy Centre, Town of Lakeshore, Municipality of Chatham-Kent
  • Strong Breeze Wind Power Project, Municipality of Dutton Dunwich, Elgin County.

CKXS FM

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

Comments

  1. Infrasonic noise health effects. Intro is in Danish but presentation in English.

  2. Reblogged this on Patti Kellar and commented:
    And the evidence keeps mounting….

  3. Andre Lauzon says:

    ……… there should be a law suit launched against the Liberal Party of Ontario, not the Gov’t.

  4. https://www.canadianjusticereviewboard.ca/articles-caselaw/articles/judging-the-judges-canadas-more-than-2,000-federal-and-provincial-judges-are-coming-under-harsher-public-scrutiny
    Industrial scale wind is an extremely politically sensitive subject.
    The rationale for it is based on a false narrative of catastrophic global warming/climate change.

  5. Marshall Rosenthal says:

    Amen, Terry Conn!

  6. Thankyou for covering our plight here in Ontario Canada. We appreciate the support of STT. Still fighting!!
    Bonnie Rowe, DDOWT

  7. Terry Conn says:

    Is there a judge anywhere in the western world not ‘owned’ by the renewables scam? Good luck to these Ontarions – regardless of the result of court decisions the evidence is clear – people’s lives are destroyed by the effects of wind turbine noise.

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