CAW wind turbine — Watch a video of victim impact statements
[In addition to, or instead of, watching the video referenced below, you can read a newspaper story on the victim’s statements at http://tinyurl.com/k9qkmcb .]
In March, 2013 the Canadian Auto Workers Union began operating a single wind turbine on its property at Port Elgin in the town of Saugeen Shores, ignoring the concerns of families living in homes nearby.
The CAW wind turbine is much smaller than those installed elsewhere in Ontario (capacity of 500 KW vs 2 MW), but is not subject to a minimum setback distance due to its being operated at a noise level slightly below the threshhold specified by the GEA. As a result, more than 100 homes are situated inside the normal 550 m minimum setback distance.
Five families living between 350 m and 2 km of the turbine made deputations to Saugeen Shores Council on August 26, 2013. Their reports of medical symptoms and loss of enjoyment were so credible and compelling that Council voted to request that the CAW shut down the turbine.
Following is a video of the families’ deputations. The video is 90 minutes long, with the first 40 minutes devoted to the CAW turbine issue. But you can watch for as little as 14 minutes and still get a good sense of the impact of this turbine on these families. These deputations leave no doubt that wind turbines cause health problems. See http://t.co/SsRT5yFpNs .