Wynne government “let people down” on wind turbine noise

Thousands of noise complaints remain unresolved in Ontario.

Home in Huron County. [Photo Gary Moon]
In the current edition of Ontario Farmer is this story by writer John Miner.
Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change received thousands of formal complaints from people living near industrial wind turbines, but did little about it, a coalition of groups and individuals opposed to wind farm development is charging.
“People really trusted the government and they were let down,” said Jane Wilson, president of Wind Concerns Ontario.
Two years after filing a Freedom of Information request for summaries of noise complaints received by the ministry, Wind Concerns Ontario was provided 450 pages* covering the period 2006 to 2014.
In that period, the Ministry logged 3,180 complaints with people reporting they were suffering from sleep disturbance, headaches, dizziness and other illnesses.
Some people said they had been unable to sleep for days, sometimes weeks.
In some cases, the Ministry arbitrarily dismissed complaints. In others, they closed the file without investigating if the complainant quit calling, Wilson said.

No action to revise regulations

In a 27-page report based  on the documents released, Wind Concerns Ontario said there is absolutely no indication that the Ministry took the complaints seriously, and took any steps to review and revise existing regulations and processes. based on real-life experiences of the people of Ontario.
Responding to the report, a Ministry spokesperson said in an emailed statement that they take all complaints seriously and follow up to ensure that the facility is in compliance with all provincial requirements.
“Our priority is to protect public health and the environment by promoting and ensuring compliance with ministry rules and requirements,” the Ministry Statement said.
Wilson said Ministry staff in the early days attempted to investigate noise complaints and sometimes recommended action be taken against the wind farm, but that was overruled by more senior staff.

Computer modeling, not real-life measurement

As the complaints piled up, the Ministry started to rely ion computer modeling provided by wind farm companies to determine if there might be a basis for a complaint, the report found.
“They kept saying, we went too the power developer and according to the predictive noise modeling this can’t be happening and therefore it isn’t, and took no action,” Wilson said.
A standard adopted by the Ministry based on information from wind farm developers was that no one could hear a wind turbine beyond 1,500 metres. Therefore, there was no need to respond to a complaint if more distance was involved.
Ministry staff were not allowed to investigate complaints at night and when there was high humidity. The equipment they had for measuring noise could not be used when temperatures were below zero degrees Celsius.
“We don’t blame the staff in any way. Some of the officers really seemed to want to help,” Wilson said.
Wind Concerns Ontario is calling on the Ontario government to halt wind farm approvals and adopt tougher noise standards.
Wind Concerns Ontario also hopes to be able to meet with Ontario Minister of the Environment Glen Murray to discuss the report.
EDITOR’S NOTE: the 450 pages were Master Incident files, comprised of files with multiple Incident Reports, some as many as 90 reports of excessive noise, vibration, and health effects

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  • Notinduttondunwich
    Posted June 19, 2017 2:38 pm 0Likes

    Again there folks the government does not want to interfere with their clients business… even though there are now 1000s of complaints being brought forward …. it’s still better to just keep the government’s clients happy….
    f@$k The rural people and their health issues….. we need to produce as much power as possible to export to the governments’ clients clients for nothing….. it’s just fairer that way…..

  • Mike Jankowski
    Posted June 19, 2017 2:48 pm 0Likes

    Something is broken with the MoE&CC. I reported health issues in time with wind turbine operation and site specific, shared all observations and they did nothing. Before we can even discuss whether my health has been impacted by wind turbine operation, we need to resolve the question, why are they not acting to fulfill their mandate to protect communities?

  • Notinduttondunwich
    Posted June 19, 2017 3:37 pm 0Likes

    Ummmmm. Mike……
    The government of Ontario is not willing to recognize or act on any of these issues because ole Katy wyndds clients do not wish to be bothered by your complaints…. it is as simple as that….
    These turdbine projects are worth alot of money for the lieberal’s clients…. the government’s clients do not wish to curtail or shut down these projects because they make A LOT of $$$$$$ for their companies at any and all expense….
    Like your health….

  • Notinduttondunwich
    Posted June 19, 2017 3:44 pm 0Likes

    Combined import and export is over…..
    3500 MW an hour….
    the lieberals clients are really giving it to us today!!!!! Or should I say we’re really giving it to them today!!!! Lol

  • Barbara
    Posted June 19, 2017 4:06 pm 0Likes

    Re: The relationship between Agenda 21 and Energy
    Abstract: 10 pages
    UNDP/United Nations Development Programme
    ‘Energy After Rio: Prospects and Challenges’, 1997
    In Collaboration with:
    International Energy Initiative
    Energy 21
    Stockholm Environment Institute
    In consultation with:
    United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development
    Foreword signed by: James Gustave Speth, New York, January, 1997
    James Gus Speth was an Administrator of United Nations Development Programme/UNDP from 1993-1999.
    Available at:

    • Barbara
      Posted June 19, 2017 5:12 pm 0Likes

      ‘Energy After Rio: Prospects and Challenges’
      Is a 192 page book.
      Copyright: 1997 United Nations
      There are some online book sales dealers that have this book available.

      • Barbara
        Posted June 20, 2017 3:58 pm 0Likes

        United Nations Development Programme, 1 January 2000
        Global Programme Project, 41 pages
        Document number: GLO/99/H06/A/1V/31
        A 1, Greenhouse emissions
        A 5, Prior publication, ‘Energy After Rio: Prospects and Challenges’, 1997
        Annex 6, Participants
        Document at:
        Note the cost of this project.

    • Barbara
      Posted June 20, 2017 5:15 pm 0Likes

      The Brattle Group/News & Knowledge
      Has articles from different sources pertaining to Ontario.
      List begins 2017 and goes back to other years.

    • Barbara
      Posted June 21, 2017 2:23 pm 0Likes

      PAGE/UN Partnership for Action on Green Economy
      “Putting sustainability at the heart of economic policy and practice to advance 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
      “The PAGE Secretariat is hosted by UNEP …”
      PAGE is a partnership between:
      UN Environment

      • Barbara
        Posted June 21, 2017 5:49 pm 0Likes

        ILO/International Labour/Labor Organization, Geneva
        ILO/ Composition of the Governing Body, 2017-2020
        Download the PDF for members including Canada.

      • Barbara
        Posted June 23, 2017 1:05 am 0Likes

        GGKP/Green Growth Knowledge Platform, Geneva
        Est. 2012 by:
        GGGI/Global Green Growth Initiative
        World Bank
        Green Growth Knowledge Platform members include:
        IISD, Canada
        SPI/Smart Prosperity Institute, Ottawa
        UN Environment
        And others
        Click on the logos for more information.

        • Barbara
          Posted June 23, 2017 1:20 am 0Likes

          Above should be: GGGI/Global Green Growth Institute.

  • Richard Mann
    Posted June 19, 2017 4:48 pm 0Likes

    Dear WCO and others:
    Please find attached correspondence and information related to the Huron County Health Board investigation. The investigation was started in March 2016. More than a year later there is still no remedy for those living under turbines.
    Richard Mann
    Associate Professor, Computer Science
    Faculty of Mathematics
    University of Waterloo
    University of Waterloo Human Research Ethics Committee (as of Jun 15 2017). Application was submitted by Phil Bigelow (faculty Waterloo) and Erica Clark (adjunct appointee Waterloo and Huron County Health Unit).
    Correspondence from Erica Clark, Huron County Health Unit. June 13, 2017. Email (text).
    Correspondence from Erica Clark, Huron County Health Unit. June 6, 2017. Email (text).
    Correspondence from Erica Clark, Huron County Health Unit. May 23, 2017. Email (text).
    Meeting with Professors George Dixon (VP, University Research), John Thompson (Associate VP, University Research) and others. May 17, 2017.
    Correspondence from Erica Clark, Huron County Health Unit. May 12, 2017. Email (text).
    Correspondence from Erica Clark, Huron County Health Unit. May 2, 2017. Email (text).
    Invited Talk. Carmen Krogh, Industrial wind turbines can harm human, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. 10:00am. DC 1302 (Davis Center), University of Waterloo. Link (LiveStream)
    Tri-Council Policy Statement. Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. Link. Submission, University of Waterloo (PDF). Submission, Carmen Krogh (PDF).
    Meeting with Professors George Dixon (VP, University Research) and John Thompson (Associate VP, University Research) Jan 9, 2017.
    Letter to Erica Clark, Epidemiologist, Huron County Health Board. 5 December 2016 (PDF).
    Huron County (Ontario). Health Board Investigation on Wind Turbine Noise. Initiated 7 March 2016. Stalled June 1 2016. HCHU meeting (4 Aug 2016, Transcript (PDF)). HCHU Public meeting (6 December 2016 (Link, Another Link (facebook), Transcript (PDF) ).
    Ontario Superior Court Hearing. Wednesday October 26th, 10am Goderich ON.
    Letter to Wind Concerns Ontario. (PDF)
    Annual report (PDF) (Submitted to University for my 2015 performance review, Feb 16, 2016). This describes my work on wind turbines, including how I came to this area, my application for research funding, and research plans going forward.
    Media release (Nov 11, 2015). My research on infra sound and wind turbines. (PDF).
    Professor denied access to Health Canada wind turbine data (Wind Concerns Ontario, May 20, 2015)
    Select Committee on Wind Turbines – Parliament of Australia. Submission #408, May 3, 2015 (PDF).
    J. Vanderkooy and R. Mann. “Measuring Wind Turbine Coherent Infrasound”. Wind Turbine Noise 2015, INCE/EUROPE, Monday 20th April to Thursday 23rd April 2015. Glasgow, Scotland.
    In the News: [The Australian] Canadian research boosts Cooper’s case on turbines (University of Waterloo, Monday, March 9, 2015)
    Canadian research boosts Cooper’s case on turbines. (The Australian, February 24, 2015)
    Invited Lecture: Carmen Krogh. “Harm from Wind Turbines: What Has Been Known for Decades”. Wed 7 May 2014. 3:30pm. DC1302 (Davis Center). University of Waterloo. Abstract. Webcast (via “livestream.com”). Slides (pdf).

  • Notinduttondunwich
    Posted June 22, 2017 5:21 pm 0Likes
  • Notinduttondunwich
    Posted June 22, 2017 11:18 pm 0Likes
  • Sommer
    Posted June 23, 2017 8:35 am 0Likes

    Why is no one giving an update on this crisis?
    People are waiting to hear how the MOECC will resolve this situation.
    Those turbines which were recorded by the MOECC to be out of compliance FINALLY are still running!
    No wonder so many people do not have faith in the process for protection outlined by the MOECC and reinforced by WCO.

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