Ostrander Point — Summary of testimony of victims of wind turbines
[News release from APPEC re Ostrander Point ERT appeal]
Environmental Review Tribunal Witnesses Expose Harms of Wind Power Projects
Milford, ON/ May 27, 2013 – Eleven witnesses have now testified in the Ostrander Point appeal to the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) on the harms of wind power development.
All the witnesses are current or former residents of the operating Clear Creek, Kent-Breeze, Melancthon, Talbot, and Wolfe Island wind projects.
With different ages, backgrounds and medical conditions, they are representative of hundreds of rural Ontarians who have experienced the ill effects of living too close to wind turbines. These people live on family farms, in country houses on small acreages, and in retirement homes; they live alone or with family members who are also suffering; they are farmers, service workers, tradesmen, lawyers, and school teachers. Some had health problems that were under control; others were in perfect health before wind turbines started operation.
Most either were in favor of renewable energy or were indifferent until wind turbines changed their lives.
The witnesses have reported a variety of similar adverse symptoms: principally, sleep disturbance, nausea, migraine, vertigo, cognitive impairment, high blood pressure, and cardiac events. They also suffer from profound stress brought on by deteriorating health, community and even family divisions, severe financial loss, and abandoned, unsalable homes.
These victims are the coincidental casualties of wind power development. Despite numerous complaints to developers, municipal governments, the Ministry of Environment (MOE), and two Ontario premiers, nothing has been done to relieve their situations or even acknowledge the real problems. The MOE not only has failed to enforce compliance with noise standards but has continued to approve wind power projects based on the same inadequate setback regulations.
Prince Edward County residents living near the proposed Ostrander Point wind project have also testified on their justifiable concerns due to pre-existing medical conditions which make them susceptible to audible noise, low-frequency sound, and infrasound.
The ongoing ERT appeal has now given legal recognition to the many abuses that have already occurred. Starting May 27 in Toronto, expert medical witnesses Dr. Robert McMurtry and Dr. Sarah Laurie will confirm the adverse health effects and explain them as caused by wind turbines.
This proof of serious harm to human health meets the requirements of the ERT in order to cancel the MOE’s approval of the Ostrander Point project. It will also discredit the MOE’s regulatory process and standards for Renewable Energy Approvals. Then rural Ontarians will be protected from the consequences of unsafe wind power development.
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