A story posted on behalf of Gregory Scratch, from
Blenheim, ON. in response to “Turbines impress officials; C-K councilors visit Port Burwell facility.
Hello. I live in Chatham-Kent, in the southwestern part of Ontario, near Point Pelee National park anf Rondeau Provincial Park, major centres for bird watching. There is a rush on here to pass zoning changes allowing over 40% of our area to be covered by 600-1000 industrial wind turbines. This cannot be good for migratory birds, to say the least.
I am part of a group here fighting the re-zoning, but would request your advice or help as we are hitting deaf ears. The local council is poised to pass the changes on March 25th, 2008!! I can send copies of what i have written and research done from the internet. Is there anything you can do to help avert this dilemma?
Thank you so much,
March 16th, 2008
I have just finished reading the article in the March 13th issue of the Chatham
Daily News called “Turbines Impress Officials“. Marjorie Crew and Joe
Faas visited a Port Burwell wind farm and gave comments. This article, if a true
reflection of the councilor’s thoughts, scares me.
Ms. Crew claims to have found being underneath the “massive tower” a “peaceful
feeling” and described the sound like that of listening to your air conditioner
running outside. A definition of “peaceful” may be required here for purposes of interpretation. I would
also like to point out that residential air conditioners are placed as far away
from seating area’s as possible, hidden in gardens, and can be turned off or on at the owner’s discretion. Not so
with an industrial wind turbine. She also mentions the flicker affect
that has no major impact because of set backs, and seeing a flock of birds “near” a turbine. How long was Ms. Crew there, an hour,
Mr. Faas and Ms. Crew found that “local” politicians embraced and marketed the
concept. How many of those politicians or members of their families have
contracts with the AIM group for land rental? There could be direct or indirect conflict of interest involved in the decision
process. This is something that needs to be asked and divulged by our
I attended a meeting held by AIM in Benheim on February 28th at St. Mary’s
Hall. I went with an open mind, but found the AIM people to expect
me to be led down a path like an animal to slaughter, and ask no questions.
The fact that their “simulated” pictures of homes and parks showed no
windmills because the pictures were taken basically from the trunk of a tree,
and they expected me to believe that we would not see hundreds of these 400
foot towers from our back yard, was ludicrous and insulting. Any
credibility that AIM had as a corporation interested in Green Power was
destroyed by their own doing.
I do not intend to malign or disrespect Ms. Crew or Mr. Faas. However, I
do not think their observations were scientifically based or unbiased.
Until three weeks ago, I was fine with industrial wind power myself, the
wave of the future, the saviour of the earth, the heritage we want to leave our
children and future generations. However, after having learned what I
have learned in the last few weeks, not only about noise levels and vibration issues that have been proven to cause health
problems for humans ( many studies through out Europe and elsewhere are
available by doing a search on the Internet), but also about how our energy
grid actually works, what contribution these wind turbines may or may not make
to that grid, the huge tax subsidies these companies receive from the
government in the name of “Green Energy”, the drop in land value where the
turbines actually are (just ask yourself if you would purchase property that
has one on it or beside it, as demand determines market value), the
re-assessment of property tax on the farmer’s from farm land to a industrial
tax base (sure to come), and the environmental issues of filling the earth with
tons of concrete per tower, what happens to the turbines when they are no
longer efficient( life span of about 20 years), and the view of 600 plus towers littering our sacred landscape of Chatham Kent? This does not
even begin to include concern over the migratory paths of the birds, deaths of
birds and bats, and what that will do the area ecologically and financially. The article mentions the wind turbines as
tourist attractions. What about all the birders that come here from around
the world? This is the main corridor for migration in North America, a unique and beautifully natural aspect of Chatham-Kent. Are we
willing to risk that to make a few corporations rich?
I do not claim to have all the answers by any means, and I am sure that industrial
wind turbines have their place, but shouldn’t these questions and many more
that people have be answered before we decide to devastate our future because
corporations say it is a good thing?
All we have to do is look at the history of the planet and
corporate greed for the obvious answer.
Please, please, please think about what we are doing in the long run, and not
what financial gain we might receive in the short term. All, and others
concerned about this want, is that Chatham-Kent councilors lead us with
integrity and wisdom to a future that all of our children can be proud.
Farmers need help financially; we understand that and want to support
them. This isn’t a “we against them” issue. It is an “US” issue.
The best we can do is study all the facts, ask questions, remove our personal
agenda’s, and try to be an example of how Chatham-Kent can lead, not followers,
but a team of which we can all be proud.
18935 Communication Road
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