Windyleaks

Windyleaks is a website owned by Wind Concerns Ontario, with the goal of focusing attention on what’s behind the Ontario government’s push for industrial-scale wind power.

Wind Concerns Ontario is an umbrella coalition of  grassroots citizen’s groups from across  Ontario.  

We began as an ever-growing email group connected throughout Ontario and saw the need to formally organize to protect our communities.  “Wind Concerns Ontario” was founded in October, 2008 in Innisfil, Ontario.

We receive no funding whatsoever other than donations and annual dues from our own members.   We are a strictly volunteer organization and rely only the dedicated work of members of citizen groups throughout Ontario.

Our Leadership Team

Executive:

  • President – Jane Wilson
  • Vice President – Parker Gallant
  • Treasurer – Cindy Travis
  • Communications Director – Beth Harrington
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Mission Statement:

Wind Concerns Ontario is a province-wide advocacy organization whose mission is to protect the health, safety and quality of life of the people of Ontario from industrial wind turbines. Wind Concerns Ontario is a coalition of over fifty citizen groups promoting awareness of the true impacts of industrial wind power facilities.  We are not affiliated with nor receive funding from any industrial or political entity.

Wind Concerns Ontario provides a strong, unified voice of opposition to the unchecked rush of locating thousands of massive industrial wind turbines across the province which are too close to human habitation and are without the benefit of full environmental assessment.

Wind Concerns Ontario supports responsible, environmentally sound solutions to our energy demands and environmental challenges.  However, plans supported by the Green Energy Act to locate industrial wind power plants at an accelerated schedule, with even less oversight are tearing apart the very fabric of rural Ontario.  Along with transformers, transmission lines, overhead distribution wires and substations these industrial wind turbines threaten people and the environment in serene, historic, rural communities, on prime agricultural land, migratory bird paths and close to sensitive wetlands, designated wildlife areas and pristine shorelines.

Wind Concerns Ontario is committed to informing the people of Ontario as to the many concerns surrounding industrial wind power.

Over 100 people affected by industrial wind turbines in Ontario now suffer. Meanwhile hundreds of published reports from scientists, engineers, physicians and environmentalists refute misleading claims by the global wind industry that this technology will be either effective or harmless.

Did you Know?

  • Industrial wind turbines and industrial wind development is not about saving the environment or promoting health: this is an alliance between huge, often foreign corporations for profit.
  • Industrial wind turbines are an inharmonious use of the land when sited near people’s homes.
  • The Green Energy Act has removed the democratic right of Ontario’s municipalities to plan for such developments, and protect the property rights and health of their residents.
  • There ARE health effects from industrial wind turbines due to the noise and vibration they produce. Sleep disturbance produces sleep deprivation which in turn can cause headaches, high blood pressure and other symptoms.
  • Industrial level wind energy is expensive and unreliable; other means such as conservation and using technology to improve existing power generating facilities and transmission would help meet Ontario’s power needs better.

We are concerned because..

  • There has not been proper consultation with the introduction of the Green Energy Act in 2009, the provincial government has removed the ability of local communities to control planning for wind turbine projects.
  • Industrial wind is a poor way to generate energy. Industrial wind power developments are expensive and the wind is unreliable. On average, the wind developments already operating in Ontario achieve less than 20% of their capacity.
  • Industrial wind turbines cause environmental impacts such as disruption of the water table, the addition of noise and vibration to the environment, and they have effects on people and wildlife.  Most analysts favour LOW IMPACT renewable energy sources‐‐‐industrial wind turbines are NOT low impact.
  • Industrial wind turbines are an inappropriate land use.  The presence of industrial wind turbines is a factor now like being located near a dump or a quarry‐‐‐property values have been shown to decline by 30%, as much as 50%, and some properties are made uninhabitable and worthless.  This is expropriation without compensation.  The resulting loss in property value will affect the tax base in Ontario, and will affect the ability of thousands of property owners to live or retire.  Industrial wind turbines are an industrial use of the land, and not consistent with land planning near homes and farms in Ontario
  • There are health effects from industrial wind turbines and documented reports of adverse health effects are increasing.  People in Ontario are experiencing sleep deprivation and health problems they didn’t have before turbines near them started operation.
  • Public health officials in Ontario have spoken out about the need for proper studies such as sleep studies yet Ontario has yet to do a study that includes physical examination and interviews with people who live near the giant turbines.  The health reports or selective literature reviews done by so far in Ontario have been flawed and incomplete. One of the “studies” was actually funded by the multi‐billion‐dollar wind development industry; one of its authors was cautioned by the physicians’ regulatory body NOT to present himself as an authority in this area.
  • Measurement protocols for audible noise and low frequency sound around wind turbines are not clear. Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment is not even able to determine at this time if noise is out of compliance for those suffering from invasive noise.
  • The corporate wind developers are focused only on profit.   They are mostly huge foreign‐owned companies who are in Ontario only to take advantage of the very high government subsidies for the creation of power. The industry would not exist if not for these generous hand‐outs. In Ontario, estimates are that $20 to 30 billion of taxpayer dollars will be used to support intermittent, inefficient and unreliable sources of electricity.
  • The promise of jobs and “green” energy are unfounded. Some local jobs may be created during the construction process, but others will be in southern Ontario for as long as the government supported false “boom” lasts.
  • The Green Energy Act has created unsustainable financial advantages for the corporate wind developers to profit at the expense of Ontario property owners, electricity ratepayers, and Ontario taxpayers.
  • The developers aren’t being honest/are hiding the truth about the experience in other countries. Denmark, Spain, France and Germany are all making changes to industrial wind development because of the effects on the economy (jobs were not created as forecast) and on people’s. In Spain, experience indicates that for every “green” job into which its government invested, 2.2 jobs in other sectors were lost.

Wind Concerns Ontario: 5 Key Points

Health & Safety

  • Reassessment of government minimum noise guidelines : (rural acoustic environment level) Class 3
  • No less than 2km of distance between industrial wind power plants, industrial wind turbines and transformer stations and residences, hospitals, schools and communities in general.
  • Comprehensive, independent study of health complaints such as vibro-acoustic disease, light flicker, stray voltage, ice throw, noise radiation.
  • Comprehensive study of “Wind Turbine Syndrome”
  • Adequate protection and setbacks for Livestock

Information & Explanation

  • Inform public that wind will not replace standard forms of electricity generation but needs backup power from those standard forms
  • Inform about wind power limitations, inefficiency, intermittency and cost
  • Promote lower-impact alternatives ie. solar, geothermal, biomass, conservation
  • No exemption from Environmental Assessment Act for wind power plants above 2 MW installed capacity Bill 51
  • Demand transparency in developer-municipal government relations (Citizens oversight group)
  • Promote energy efficiency tax incentives for residential, commercial and institutional building owners

Heritage & Culture

  • Protect and preserve rural towns and villages, prime agricultural land, sensitive wetlands, designated wildlife areas,pristine shorelines and migratory bird paths from industrialized elements 400-500ft turbines, transformers, transmission towers, and wires and substations
  • Protect and preserve historic building and cultural heritage landscapes from ravages of construction phase.
  • Protect cherished views for residents, visitors and future generations
  • Protect lands from potential destruction of undiscovered artifacts by turbine installation process

Natural Environment

  • Exclude migratory bird paths areas from wind power plant development
  • Exclude wildlife habitats from wind power plant development infrastructure
  • Ban disruption of endangered wetlands through installation of wind project infrastructure
  • Protect non-industrialized shoreline from industrial wind power plants

Socio-Economic

  • Protect the character and charm of established rural towns, villages and countryside
  • Adhere to economic plan of area of proposal and tenets held therein
  • Preserve economic vitality as developed through investment by both government and private enterprise
  • Protect from disruption in attractiveness of area for recreational activity due to transformation away from natural scenic beauty
  • Protect property values of residential, commercial, recreational and agricultural real estate

Donations gratefully received:

PO Box 11059

105 Guildwood Parkway

Scarborough ON   M1E 1N0

http://www.windconcernsontario.ca