(Queen’s Park) — Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request show that officials from the Ministry of Environment were aware of adverse health effects caused by wind turbines in 2009. These documents also show that one wind power company encouraged the Ministry to take a “consistent position” with their company to support the Green Energy.
“These documents prove that government officials were aware that wind turbines were adversely affecting the health of residents,” explained Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron-Bruce and PC Deputy Critic for Green Energy. “The Liberal government has systematically silenced rural voices to advance a misguided green energy agenda.”
Of the 300 pages that were collected, only 26 were released and many of those pages were heavily redacted. The released documents show that officials were working on an abatement plan to help the residents affected by wind turbine noise and by the transformer station. However, the report, which was completed in 2009, was never made public.
The Ministry of Environment was inundated with complaints over negative health consequences of turbines. Families were told that all the projects were in line with distance and noise regulations, but the documents contain evidence that some projects were not in compliance.
“The secrecy and entitlement of this government is totally unacceptable,” said Thompson. “Families who are affected by these turbines deserve for their voices to be heard.
“The Liberal government needs to stop forcing wind turbines into communities without full information,” said Thompson. “When the legislature returns, I will continue to fight for a moratorium on the development of industrial wind turbines until the economic, social, environmental, and most importantly health consequences are understood.”