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Wind turbines hurt homes’ resale value  

Credit:  The Whig Standard, www.thewhig.com 17 September 2010 ~~

I am writing concerning the article which described the Kenneys’ challenge of their Municipal Assessment based on being surrounded by industrial wind turbines ( “Agency to probe turbine impact,” Sept. 15). Andy Anstett, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation spokesman, claims that there is no evidence based upon house sales near the turbines to support the claim for loss of property value. “We’ve had no sales on Wolfe Island and we still don’t have any,” he said.

That is precisely the point. Across Ontario, rural residents among turbines are finding their houses un-saleable. Would you buy a house among 86 industrial wind turbines, 28 of them visible from the home and the nearest just 750 metres away? Some of the homes on Wolfe Island are within 500 metres of the nearest turbine.

Across Ontario there are complaints of turbine noise causing annoyance, sleep disturbance and consequent health problems. Medical and other authorities recommend setbacks from homes of 1.5 to 2 km. This advice has been ignored by the wind energy industry and the Ontario government.

John Harrison

Source:  The Whig Standard, www.thewhig.com 17 September 2010

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