Ontario government failed to respond to wind turbine noise

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Global TV will be airing a hard-hitting story on wind turbine noise in rural Ontario on May 31st, 2017 evening news.  See Global’s story, with video clips here,  and watch the news broadcast on Global TV News this evening starting at 5:30 PM.

Global’s national news investigative team began working on this story months ago, after receiving documents from Wind Concerns Ontario (WCO) which reveal an astonishing 3,180 wind turbine noise complaints were made by rural Ontario residents between 2006 and 2014.  The Global investigation takes a close look at the Province’s response to those complaints.  The documents from WCO show that in 54 per cent of all cases – more than 1,700 individual complaints – the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), the agency responsible for oversight of wind turbine noise, did not investigate residents’ concerns. In another 450 cases, roughly 14 per cent of total incidents, the ministry deferred responding to complaints.

This news story hits close to home for County residents.  If the REA-approved nine turbines remaining in the White Pines Wind Project were to proceed almost 200 homes and an estimated 500 residents in Milford and surrounding area would be located within 1500 metres of one or more wind turbines.

Jane Wilson, WCO President, says that WCO “is hopeful that the Global News story will be a step forward in getting the Ontario government to acknowledge that there is a problem with the siting of wind turbines in this province and will take steps to help people, now.”

A WCO news release on the Global story and a link to a report on the information WCO received from the MOECC after a two year struggle to obtain it, can be found on the WCO website  . 


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