August 11, 2007
British Columbia

U.K. wind farm company studying report on noise pollution's effects

A U.K. company planning to develop a wind farm off B.C.’s north coast is studying the effects of noise pollution on marine mammals after a report found that whales and dolphins were being stranded.

Sara MacIntyre, director of public affairs and communications at NaiKun Wind Development, said the company is studying the potential impact, following the report by the Inter-Agency Committee on Marine Science and Technology.

NaiKun Wind Development is establishing a farm between Prince Rupert and the Queen Charlotte Islands., which is known for its rich marine life and fishing industries.

Jose Etcheverry, a researcher with the David Suzuki Foundation, said wind farms can be “an asset.”

He added that noise pollution is not one of the main concerns for development of offshore wind farms.

“Modern wind turbines are very sophisticated machines.

“The issue of noise, or sometimes people talk about bird kills, that was 20 years ago,” said Etcheverry. “This is sophisticated equipment, and I’m sure NaiKun will be putting in the best in the world.”

The project, he said, will put B.C. on the map in terms of renewable energy and help the B.C. Energy Plan meet goals such as reducing greenhouse gases of 30 per cent by 2020.

By Kris Schumacher, Prince Rupert Daily News

The Vancouver Sun

11 August 2007

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