The co-joined Hearing for a Stay of the K2 Wind and St. Columban Wind projects has been set for September 22nd and 23rd in London. A stay ruling would effectively halt any further work on the projects pending the outcome of the Divisional Court appeal (of the Renewable Energy Approvals for the K2, St. Columban and Armowwind projects) which will be heard on November 17, 18 and 19, 2014. The Stay Application has been brought by community groups in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh (SWEAR) and St. Columban (HEAT) fighting the developments in their communities.
If successful, the Stay Application will put a stop to further construction in the K2 and St. Columban projects until a decision has been reached in the Divisional Court Charter Challenge appeal led by human rights lawyer Julian Falconer. A successful appeal will set a precedent and will assist all appeals and legal challenges going forward. Other citizens can then raise the same issues and seek the same relief. Communities which are dealing with existing projects could also receive a benefit.
Dave Hemingway, President of SWEAR (Safe Wind Energy for All Residents) reiterates that there is a broader public interest being served. “Over time the public has become educated as to what is happening under the Renewable Energy Act. This case is for the people of Ontario. Our provincial government says that massive industrial wind turbine developments are being safely sited. We disagree and we, the people, will hold them accountable. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is the Canadian government’s promise to every man, woman and child in this country, guaranteeing that we will have security of the person. The government of Ontario did not exercise due diligence when crafting the Green Energy and Economy Act. A very heavy handed approach was used and Ontario citizens should not tolerate this irresponsible type of governance.”
Fundraising continues. Again the groups which have come together to “Unite the Fight” thank everyone who has supported them in the past.
Donation cheques for this action should be made payable to “SWEAR” and sent to:
Dave Hemingway RR2 Bayfield ON N0M 1G0 (email@example.com)
Robert Tetu, RR5 Seaforth ON N0K 1W0 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Donors can also go online to the SWEAR website,
www.swearontario.wix.com/swearontario, and hit the “DONATE” button:download pdf file
West Lincoln and Glanbrook Wind Action Group will host a showing of the documentary film Down Wind, Thursday, Sept 18, 7:30pm.
Donations welcome to help fund the legal fight.
For more information contact www.wlwag.com
Kristy Hansen, Branko Zajamsek and Colin Hansen
School of Mechanical Engineering
University of Adelaide
May 26, 2014
Please note the distance of impacts and acoustic emissions extended out further than 8km.
Extract from the Conclusions: “Therefore, the results show that there is a low frequency noise problem associated with the Waterloo wind farm. Therefore, it is extremely important that further investigation is carried out at this wind farm in order to determine the source of the low frequency noise and to develop mitigation technologies. In addition, further research is necessary to establish the long‐term effects of low frequency noise and infrasound on the residents at Waterloo. This research should include health monitoring and sleep studies with simultaneous noise and vibration measurements.”
This report by the above authors describes the results of their concurrent full spectrum acoustic monitoring conducted at a number of homes located between 2 km out to nearly 10km from the Waterloo Wind Development. This monitoring was independent of the South Australian Environment Protection Authority (SA EPA) and was requested by Mrs Mary Morris and other concerned residents in the Waterloo district. The monitoring occurred during the period of the South Australian EPA Acoustic Survey, conducted in mid 2013.
The results in this independent survey as well as the conclusions are in marked contrast to the results and conclusions of the SA EPA Acoustic Survey report, and reinforce the Waubra Foundation’s opinion expressed at the time the initial SA EPA report was released that there were serious problems with the methodology used by the SA EPA in its acoustic survey at Waterloo. This report provides further evidence that the current SA EPA Wind Farm Noise Guidelines do not protect the health and sleep of the neighbours to these wind developments, out to nearly 10km from the closest wind turbine, because they do not regulate the acoustic emissions to protect health, and most importantly, the sleep of the neighbours.
Emeritus Professor Colin Hansen has advised that he sent the report to the EPA, requesting their comment. To date, three months later (19th August, 2014) no comment or feedback has been received by the Adelaide University researchers from the SA EPA responsible public officials.download full report here pdf filewebpage click here
Dr. Pamela Kenny
Wind power developers and their lobby groups around the world are shouting the same message – that the noise and vibration (infrasound, sound pressure, and low frequency noise) produced by large-scale wind turbines produce no direct health effects.
In reality, their claim is a lie. There is an ocean of documented evidence to support the assertions of anti-wind campaigners that the noise and vibration from wind turbines causes a range of health problems in significant numbers of people. If you search for just a couple of hours online, you can find personal stories by the thousand, and also numerous highly technical research papers by eminent medics and scientists detailing, amongst others, these symptoms:
Some of these symptoms can be attributed to sleep deprivation. It is increasingly clear from peer- reviewed medical papers that night noise interrupting sleep has an adverse effect on both cardiovascular health and stress levels. Interrupted sleep can also have serious effects on daytime concentration leading, potentially, to increased risk of industrial accidents and road traffic collisions. As these problems are likely to occur at locations remote from the cause of the interrupted sleep they are difficult to attribute to their actual cause. Dr. Christopher Hanning, a now-retired Consultant in Sleep Disorders Medicine to the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, writes:
- Chronic sleep deprivation
- Sleep disturbance
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased blood sugar (dangerous for diabetics)
- Poor concentration and memory
- Headaches and migraines
- Dizziness, unsteadiness, ear pain and vertigo
- Vibration in the body, particularly the chest
- Sensations of pressure or fullness in the ear
- Annoyance, anger and aggression
- Increase in agitation by those with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, and ADD/ADHD
In the short term … deprivation of sleep results in daytime fatigue and sleepiness, poor concentration and memory function. Accident risks increase. In the longer term, sleep deprivation is linked to depression, weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
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