Citizens call for Environment Minister resignation over wind turbine damage to wells: not a credible steward of the environment

It’s established that wind power projects pose a risk to endangered species like the Little Brown Bat and Blandings turtle; now there is evidence that the construction activities and the vibration from operating industrial-scale or utility-scale wind turbines is having a serious effect on nearby wells.

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Chatham Daily News, July 11, 2016

Trevor Terfloth

A citizens’ group worried about the potential impact on groundwater from wind turbine vibrations is calling for the provincial minister’s resignation.

Water Wells First placed protest signs on Monday at the Windsor, Sarnia and London offices of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, said group spokesman Kevin Jakubec in a media release..

“Water Wells First no longer sees the MOECC as credible stewards of the environment.

We are asking for the immediate resignation of Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray,” he said.

Last week, Water Wells First held a demonstration at a Chatham Township farm to show how difficult it would be logistically for farmers and their livestock to use bottled water, if it was required.

Jakubec said the management of the Renewable Energy Program could jeopardize the health and safety of Ontario’s livestock when “the MOECC put forward the impractical use of using bottled water to resupply livestock farms” that have lost their water wells due to wind farm construction and operation.

The proposed North Kent 1 Wind Project, which calls for 40 to 50 wind turbines to be constructed in the area, had some residents worried that the vibrations could result in dirty water.

“Water Wells First will protest the actions of the MOECC until the MOECC recognizes that groundwater must be protected as the first line of defense against climate change,” Jakubec said.

Last month, the group held an initial media conference to help raise awareness about the issue.

In an e-mail on Monday, the ministry stated that it was taking the necessary precautions.

“The MOECC takes all public concerns very seriously. That is why MOECC included an extremely stringent series of conditions on the proponent for the North Kent Renewable Energy Approval,” it stated.

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Comments

Pat Cusack
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What are these “necessary precautions”? High time to respect citizens’ concerns.

Andre Lauzon
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Please, please fire Murray. The man is not sane.

notinduttondunwich
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No worries folks the MOECC is issuing a new handbook to all livestock operations in Ontario.
” Training Your Livestock to Drink from Bottles” it’s very informative and on the cutting edge of research like all the other brilliant tested literature they publish!!!!!
What next!!!!

Pat Cusack
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You’ve got to be kidding, notinduttondunwich!
What next indeed!!!

notinduttondunwich
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Yes I am Pat…. but it’s not too far from the truth…. MOECC suggested that if the water wells become contaminated then the farmers could use bottled water for their livestock….. hence the demonstration in Chatham…. the mere fact that MOECC suggests that bottled water be a source in the event of groundwater contamination from IWT projects is evidence again that none of this was thought through…
AGAIN!!!! NO STUDIES!!!

Bert
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O yeah this was thought through thoroughly.

“That is why MOECC included an extremely stringent series of conditions on the proponent for the North Kent Renewable Energy Approval,” it stated.
“This included the implementation of a rigorous groundwater monitoring program, which aims to ensure that the facility is constructed, operated, maintained and retired in a manner that does not result in adverse impacts to the local ground water system.”

Or donate to the Wynne Liberals and get a permit to contaminate the water wells!

Barbara
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And how many of those complaining about their wells are IWT hosts?

Sorry for all the others caught up in this.

Livestock operations may have to be shut down if this situation is prolonged.

ScepticalGord
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As I said previously on OWR:

ScepticalGord on 06/29/2016 at 10:49 said:

Didn’t Chatham-Kent re-elect, re-elect, re-elect Mayor Randy Hope on his pro wind turbine platform?

The residents could have said “renewable energy is important to the future of Ontario and in the battle that is climate change” and added “but wind turbines are a poor choice for renewable energy, there are better options”.

They didn’t say what needed to be said, so let them drink turbid water whilst toasting Randy Hopeless and his disastrous legacy.

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ScepticalGord
on 06/30/2016 at 17:02 said:
I’ve seen the CTV video:

http://windsor.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=901775&binId=1.1143900&playlistPageNum=1#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=twitter&_gsc=uJt0YdV

and now I suspect that I know the bigger picture.

All these guys that are complaining about the water quality, whilst still extolling the virtues of “green energy”, appear to be gagged IWT hosts with buyer’s remorse who are compelled to say that they still love wind turbines but who are now trolling for public sympathy … and maybe a little more money from the wind companies.

Watching these Goobers whine about their bad, greedy choices in life is the best “green porn” I’ve seen in quite a while. Ya baby!

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Lucy
on 07/05/2016 at 21:17 said:
You are 100% correct !!!!!!! :))

T3..Tracy from Turbine Town
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Infrasound emitted from iwts penetrating one’s body cause tissue and bone damage; serious negative health effects and/or death. HELLO..
The livestock must be trained to take over the farming operations because if the farmer is not dead; he may be too sick to do chores.
At one point, a few years back, there was a concern for the cows having burned feet from dirty electricity in the barns. David Colling was measuring stray voltage/dirty electricity on dairy farms here in Ontario and passed away after being electrocuted. Did anything come of that?
Cows that are exposed to infrasound produce less milk. They won’t need water.
Now really…

Pat Cusack
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Seems to me that Ms. Wynne and her colleagues want to do us all in! She can smile and wave all she likes in parades, but really, she needs her head examined.

T3..Tracy from Turbine Town
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What has crossed my mind is that perhaps we are in the midst of a global holocaust; hence..Agenda 21, Trudeau paying respect in Ukraine and so on.
Infrasound and electromagnetic fields are everywhere, polluting our environment. It is a silent killer; a silent war. We know these are harmful and deadly and effect 20-25% of people: in this order..elderly, children, females, males.
Killing off females will also reduce reproduction.
I expect the world is in a take over and will eventually be under the rule of one government. What is being disregarded is that we are under the rule of our maker. In the end, who will really be the losers?

Barbara
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Bulk water will have to be trucked in for livestock. And then a storage tank is needed.

When it freezes up then a heated storage place will be needed for bulk water.

We had two driven sulfur water wells with a little oil in them. One got quick-sand in it which could not be pumped out. Ruined one electric pump before switching to the other well.

Barbara
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Potatoes a-la quick-sand with a dash of crude oil!

notinduttondunwich
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Very concerning ….. how do you find out how many complaints were lodged for ground water???? Where are the results of North Kent water monitoring programs??? What do they say???

Barbara
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The quality and quantity of water that a property has can affect the value of that property.

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