Resource Documents by Stelling, Keith
Stelling, Keith; and Multi-Municipal Wind Turbine Working Group
Infrasound/low-frequency noise and wind turbines
Typically, regulating authorities have not required the measurement of infrasound (sound below 20 Hz in frequency) and low frequency (LFN) (generally sound from 200 Hz to 20 Hz) inside homes adjacent to wind turbines as a condition of their installation and operational monitoring. The health risk of infrasound from wind turbines has been dismissed by the wind industry as insignificant. It has maintained that since the typical loudness and frequency of wind turbine sound within a home is not audible, . . . Complete article »
Is the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources undermining our environmental legislation?
Recent issuing of “Overall Benefit Permits” by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources allowing renewable energy companies to damage and destroy habitat of endangered species raises concerns that the MNR is not fulfilling its obligations under the Endangered Species Act (2007). [Report prepared for the Multi-Municipal Wind Turbine Working Group, comprised of elected officials and appointed citizens from municipalities in Bruce, Dufferin, Grey, Huron and Perth Counties, Ontario. Sent to Michael Gravelle, Minister of Natural Resources, 7 Jan. 2012.] Contents . . . Complete article »
Stelling, Keith; and Petrie, Scott
Threats from industrial wind turbines to Ontario’s wildlife and biodiversity
Introduction The precautionary principle outlined in The Bergen Agreement, signed by Canada in 1990, has become, over the past fifteen years, part of customary international law and has been included in virtually every recently adopted treaty and policy document related to the protection and preservation of the environment. It states: “policies must be based on the precautionary principle. Environmental measures must anticipate, prevent and attack the causes of environmental degradation. Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack . . . Complete article »
Questions arising from the Auditor General’s 2011 Report on Renewable Energy Initiatives
Summary: With comprehensive and detailed evidence gathered independently from inside the Ministry of Energy– much of it previously unavailable to the public– the Auditor General’s Report unambiguously challenges both the rationale and implementation of the Green Energy Act. The Act has been promoted as a mechanism for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, increasing job opportunities, and creating a competitive business environment. However the Auditor General’s investigators found little evidence that these objectives have been or would be realized. Instead it suggests . . . Complete article »
What went wrong with Ontario’s energy policy? Comparing spin and reality
By referring to the economic experience of those European countries that have vigorously promoted wind energy over the last two decades, this report demonstrates that the decisions of the Ontario government did not take into consideration the reality of introducing large scale industrial wind energy onto the grid. In fact, the government’s enthusiasm to embrace what it claimed to be cheap, “clean”, environmentally benign electricity at the same time as diminishing CO2 emissions appears to have ignored all the realistic . . . Complete article »
Stelling, Keith; and Krogh, Carmen
Summary of Recent Research on Adverse Health Effects of Wind Turbines
Authorities and politicians in Ontario have been repeatedly warned that industrial wind turbines are having an adverse effect on the health of those living nearby. Health complaints are not peculiar to this province but are consistent throughout the world wherever large industrial wind turbines have been installed. Contrary to the claims of the industry, there is a growing body of peer-reviewed research substantiating these health claims. This report attempts to catalogue the most recent. A generally acknowledged major concern about . . . Complete article »
Calculating the Real Cost of Industrial Wind Power
An information update for Ontario Electricity Consumers from the Friends of Arran Lake Wind Action Group, Bruce County, Ontario, Compiled by Keith Stelling, November 2007. Introduction The history of human technological innovation is littered with projects that have had to be abandoned because they were based on a narrow theoretical view that failed to take into account the whole picture. The commercial exploitation of wind energy is fast showing signs of such failure. The last ten years in Europe has . . . Complete article »
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