Beleaguered Shirley Wind residents refuse to give up

People living near the Shirley Wind Farm in southern Brown County attend a meeting of the Board of Health on January 12, 2016. (Photo by Jeff Flynt/Midwest Communications).
Residents at Board of Health meeting January 12 [Photo Jeff Flynt]

“You are now part of the problem”

WTAQ, January 13, 2016
GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) – Residents in southern Brown County upset with last month’s decision by the county’s health director not to order a shutdown of the Shirley Wind Farm spoke out during a meeting Tuesday evening.
The Brown County Board of Health put room on its agenda to allow for follow up to Health Director Chua Xiong’s call not to formally classify the turbines in Morrison and Glenmore as a public health hazard.
“Please help us, this is serious business,” said one of the approximately 40 people attending the meeting solely to urge Xiong to change her mind.
“You are now part of the problem,” said another resident.
Ben Schauer is an Army veteran who lives in Denmark near the Shirley Wind Farm.
“I’m imploring all of you, fight for me, fight for my family as hard as I’ve spent 22 years fighting for this country and your rights to sit there,” said Schauer, who was accompanied by his wife and sons who told the board their personal illnesses they say are from the wind turbines.
Xiong was largely silent during the meeting, while some board members backed her conclusion that insufficient evidence links turbines to illnesses suffered by residents.
Among the attendees Tuesday was Brown County Supervisor Patrick Evans. He was one of the several who spoke during the public forum on the Shirley Wind Farm.
“It’s almost borderline on misconduct in public office, it’s almost criminal,” Evans said, directing his remarks toward Xiong’s announcement during the December 15 meeting. “I don’t like it that she comes out and tells the people yes I know you’re not crazy and there’s a problem, but then doesn’t do anything to help them.”
In 2014, the Brown County Board of Health declared that turbines do emit low-frequency noise which can endanger health. But it is Xiong who holds the power to order a shutdown of those turbines in the southern part of the county.
“She has to make a decision based on the best available evidence she has,” said board member and Brown County Supervisor Richard Schadewald, who echoed fellow board member Karen Sanchez in saying there is no “direct causality” shown.
Talk during the public feedback portion of the meeting ranged from performing more studies, to courses of action in a potential lawsuit to whether or not the Board could do anything moving forward.
But for many of the residents impacted by the daily issue of wind turbines, time is running out.
“If this was happening in Allouez or the City of De Pere, you’d be on this in a flash, because people getting this sick this fast, you’d do something about it,” said one woman.
“We cannot wait any longer,” said Steve Deslauriers. “Holding off for future study, the process at the state level is corrupt enough that it will likely turn out that we get a response like we did last month.”
Evans, who chairs the Brown County Human Services Committee, says at their January 27 meeting that Xiong will speak.
“She hasn’t taken the science to say why I’ve made this decision,” Evans said. “I would hope that we would hear some explanation from her, I think she’s probably working on it right now instead of before.”
Evans added he doesn’t expect Xiong to change her mind and that while he supports her background, in his view, she’s dropped the ball on this decision.
Xiong was unavailable for comment after the meeting.

What's your reaction?


  • Lynda
    Posted January 15, 2016 5:03 pm 0Likes

    I’m betting the Shirley Wind Farm is foreign owned…China has a terrible human rights history.

  • Gord Schneider
    Posted January 15, 2016 5:27 pm 0Likes

    I agree with you Lynda. Sounds like China’s got its finger in the pie. We in Ontario know your pain and we’re with you on this……all the way.

  • Sommer
    Posted January 15, 2016 8:47 pm 0Likes

    This situation is absolutely unacceptable!
    Adding the violation of invalidation to what victims are already experiencing escalates their distress to dangerous levels.
    Victims who are enduring the adverse health effects desperately need people of conscience to come forward and demand that the torture they are being forced to endure is stopped now!

    • Lynda
      Posted January 16, 2016 12:39 pm 0Likes

      Sommer, I think a class action law suite may be the only alternative. If there are lawyers that read this board, perhaps they could shed some light on the possibility of class action against either the province or the developers or both. Can politicians be sued? Anyone have any ideas at all?

      • Wind Concerns Ontario
        Posted January 16, 2016 3:30 pm 0Likes

        Class action suits have not been started in Ontario over this issue because they take too long: it can take up to ten years to have your issue certified, and even then, it may not proceed.

  • Sommer
    Posted January 16, 2016 10:58 pm 0Likes

    In my conversation with a CA lawyer, I was not discouraged.
    I was told that wind companies could be sued and possibly also the members of the Green Energy Alliance and the government.

  • Marie Jane
    Posted January 17, 2016 1:52 pm 0Likes

    Marie Jane says: People are suffering. Victims of the industrial wind turbine agenda are suffering around the world. There is a parallel between misdiagnosed Lyme’s Disease and the misdiagnosed health impacts of the industrial wind turbine. Lyme Disease, because of the variety of symptoms presented, was thought to be “all in the victims’ heads”. As we all know now the impact of Lyme’s Disease is long term and debilitating. In some cases, even though a recognized “disease”, it is still misdiagnosed because of the variety of symptoms presented, this at the expense of the victim’s health. In 1987 NASA shared vital research with the wind industry that, simply stated, proved negative health impacts from industrial wind turbines to humans. That research was conveniently lost in translation when noise standards were established in what appears to be accommodation of the climate change, wind industry promoters of free “wind” (1997). Until health implications from the industrial wind turbine are researched beyond doubt, there must be a moratorium on the furtherance of the industrial wind turbine agenda. The PTC and all similar industrial wind turbine life support must be curtailed until it is proven beyond doubt that the industrial wind turbine is not a human health hazard and proven beyond doubt that the industrial wind turbine is not the cause of this human suffering. On behalf of the people of Brown County, it behooves Ms. Xiong to reverse her ill-thought out decision because, there is proof, there are people suffering and that is all that is needed to mandate the turbines be shut down until all health issues have been researched and made public.

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