Appeal filed for Ontario wind turbine noise records

Government records for reports of wind turbine noise 2006-2016 have already been released — what’s the big deal about 2017?

October 10, 2019

Wind Concerns Ontario has filed a second appeal with the Information and Privacy Commissioner following failure of the environment ministry to respond to a routine request for copies of government records of citizen reports of wind turbine noise.

A request for the 2017 records was submitted in 2018, and full payment for the record search was made earlier this year. The environment ministry has already been the subject of one appeal, and was ordered by the Privacy Commissioner to respond.

Months have passed since and WCO, the coalition of community groups, individuals and families across Ontario concerned about the negative impacts of industrial-scale wind turbines, decided to appeal again.

The government launched the reporting system for wind turbine noise and other environmental health and safety concerns in 2009 when it passed the Green Energy and Green Economy Act. Then Premier Dalton McGuinty assured Ontarians that their health and safety would be protected, and concerns addressed.

The number of reports of noise pollution used to be public but posting that information halted in 2013; the Wynne government’s promise to reinstate a public accounting of the number of pollution reports in 2017 has never been fulfilled.

Wind Concerns Ontario already has records for 2006-2016, which include the number of individual Incident Reports filed with the environment ministry Spills Line or now Spills Action Centre as well as Master Incident Reports.

There were more than 4,500 such reports, which is almost certainly not the whole picture as some District Offices did not give Incident Report numbers and reports cannot now be tracked.

A request for 2018 documents is in process, and fulfillment expected within days.

contact@windconcernsontario.ca

 

K2 Wind claims it’s compliant with Ontario noise regulations

Meanwhile, complaints from residents mount

The only measure of success in resolving Ontario’s wind turbine noise problem is the complete cessation of resident complaints — that’s not happening. Yet.  [Shutterstock photo]
October 9, 2019

In a letter from Senior Environmental Officer Scott Gass in the Owen Sound District Office of the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP), Ministry staff report that the operator of the massive K2 Wind power project claims the project is now in compliance with Ontario noise regulations for industrial-scale wind turbines.

K2 Wind was found out of compliance earlier this year and was the subject of a Director’s Order to implement a Noise Abatement Plan for 90 of the 140 turbines in the power project.

Now, says Mr. Gass in his letter to a resident with longstanding problems (who wishes to be anonymous), the noise issue appears to be resolved. Mr. Gass’ email, it should be noted, was to furnish the residents with official Incident Report numbers for ongoing reports of excessive noise and vibration.

His email stated:

“At this time, in response to the additional Part D noise analysis completed in the spring, K2 has taken steps to de-rate approximately 90 turbines to reduce noise emissions. The information supplied by the company indicates that the wind turbines, with the interim curtailment in place, meet the ministry’s sound level limits. This is an interim measure put in place while K2 develops a long-term noise abatement action plan for ministry review. Once a long-term plan has been implemented, additional monitoring will be required to assess the noise emissions.” [Scott Gass, email October 4, 2019]

The ministry continues to rely on outdated regulations in its Compliance Protocol, which assess audible noise emissions only. Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Act clearly states that the operator of a wind power project must address all conditions causing “adverse effect” and take steps to address the complaints from nearby residents.

So, in short, the only sign of success in noise abatement would be a complete halt in complaints about noise and adverse effects — that’s not what is happening. Resident complaints do not appear to be a factor in assessment of compliance.

The family emailed by Mr. Gass lives on a farm surrounded by turbines in all directions, and has been reporting excessive noise from multiple K2 Wind turbines for four years — since the project began operation.

Problems with wind turbine noise are prevalent all over Ontario, with more than 4,500 formal reports filed  up to 2016. (Wind Concerns Ontario has requested  data for 2017 and 2018 but so far, has not received any information, and has in fact filed for a second appeal to obtain the 2017 records.)

Environment minister Jeff Yurek recently visited residents in Port Elgin who have filed hundreds of complaints about the Unifor wind turbine in that community.

While a pledge to enforce regulations is a step forward from the previous government, which had a very close relationship with the wind power industry, there can be no “success” on this front until all noise complaints and reports of adverse health effects have stopped.

That will require political courage and decisive action, including the shutdown of wind turbines.

 

Note: if you are experiencing noise/vibration/sensation of pressure from wind turbines, please report it to the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks by calling the Spills Action Centre at 1-866-MOE-TIPS. Be sure to get an Incident Report number and keep a record of your call. You may wish to copy your MPP.

The wind ‘farm’ everyone forgot

More wind turbines going up in Chatham-Kent; millions more to be added to Ontario electricity bills

Turbine under construction October 5 near Wheatley: more Unreliables Ontario doesn’t need… and can’t afford [Photo: Wallaceburg Area Wind Concerns]
October 7, 2019

Chatham-Kent residents living near Wheatley Ontario were surprised to see construction work last week, and delivery of components for industrial-scale or grid-scale wind turbines.

The “Romney Wind Energy Centre” turbines are now being erected, with a projected commercial operation date early next year.

Romney was one of five LRP I (Large Renewable Procurement) projects that received contracts in 2016 under the Wynne government; three of those (Dutton-Dunwich, Otter Creek, and La Nation) were “cancelled” by the Ford government last year, but two were considered to be too far along in the process, having achieved “Key Development MIlestones” or KDMs as the IESO calls them, to be cancelled.

Pity.

Romney will cost Ontario electricity customers more than $260 million over its 20-year contract. The maximum pre-construction liability for cancelling the project would have been around $500,000.

The project capacity is 60 megawatts of power, which Ontario does not need at present. Wind power is produced out of phase with demand in Ontario, and wind power projects rarely achieve more than 30% of capacity. Developer EDF of France of France promised construction updates for the projects so residents can know when traffic will be disrupted, but the last update posted was for a single week in August.

The other project that escaped cancellation was “Nation Rise” in North Stormont in Eastern Ontario. The community there launched an appeal, which was dismissed and currently has a final appeal and a request for a Stay of Construction before the MInister of Environment, Conservation and Parks. That project will cost electricity customers more than $400 million, and posed significant environmental risks as presented in the appeal.

The Romney project was not appealed.

 

Too hot to handle? Sierra Club funded publication retracts articles on wind turbine infrasound

Two articles suddenly retracted without notice — are the facts about infrasound too uncomfortable for the former “environmental” organization?

Independent researcher Donald Allen Deever PhD recently found himself on the wrong end of a battle between a magazine editor and the publication’s funding organization, as articles he prepared — at the request of the magazine — were suddenly yanked from publication.

Deever’s “crime”? He outlined research that shows infrasound emissions from wind turbines can be harmful to animals and people. In short, “what you can’t hear, can hurt you.”

Don Deever shared with us the account of what happened to him and his research, as well as the two articles that were not published.

 

WIND TURBINE INFRASOUND ARTICLES: TOO HOT FOR THE SIERRA CLUB TO HANDLE

by Donald Allen Deever, PhD*

After working without compensation for months to uncover the most revealing, current scholarly studies and thought-provoking news reports on the known health hazards associated with infrasound from industrial wind turbines, a two-part series of articles that was written at the Sierra Club’s request was suddenly retracted from one of their club’s magazines.

Moreover, it was announced that the reason would not be revealed until December. This was a shocking outcome, especially considering that the articles had been the idea of the magazine’s editor, who along with a recruited author had painstakingly scrutinized, double-checked, and triple-checked every one of the extensive sources for the two-part article, and had verified not only the legitimacy of the sources, but also authenticated the interpretation of those reports.

While the first part of the series — which delved into the potential health hazards of infrasound on wildlife, house pets, and farm animals — had been considered a completely acceptable report for months, one week after the second part of the series was published online, which focused on the potential human health hazards of wind turbine produced infrasound, both articles immediately became the target of a mysterious set of “editors” (plural) for a publication that had only an editor (singular) prior to the banning of that series.

Apparently, the compilation of too many eye-opening pieces of evidence of infrasound danger in too little word space may have created too much truth for comfort for some of the Sierra Club’s largest donors, who had purchased their positions as foundation directors, all of whom profit greatly from the promotion of costly and hazardous so-called green energy schemes (see the last portion of this article on how billionaire directors use the Sierra Club as a lobbying front, blatantly exchanging green hype for greenbacks in a well-orchestrated and highly successful scheme to increase their vast corporate profits). Therefore, not only was the article retracted, but a campaign to discredit the two-part report is also currently underway. As Sir Walter Raleigh once put it, “He who follows too closely on the heels of history is likely to get kicked in the teeth.”

The following is an account of the unfolding treachery of the Sierra Club, as documented in the email conversations between the author and the editor of the Desert Report magazine, where the travesty occurred…

Read the full article here: Sierra Club ban on infrasound articles

  • (C) Don Deever, 2019

Read the “banned” articles here:

Infrasound Article_Part 1

Infrasound Article_ Part 2