Municipality of Kincardine had an education on the effects of stray voltage and electrical pollution caused by area wind power projects last week.
Ripley’s David Colling, an expert and electrical pollution tester, has tested over 300 homes and farms within four Ontario wind projects over the last five years.
After working with stray voltage issues on dairy farms, the added issue of wind turbines was a surprise to him when he discovered electrical pollution in nearby homes.
“I never would have believed this would have happened,” said Colling regarding the “wind victims” he has come to know.
Working with other experts in Canada and the United States, Colling is convinced many of the issues surrounding wind power health issues stem from either electrical pollution caused by turbines through their distribution system, or the low frequency noise that comes off the blades. He said people from Ripley, Bruce Township and Shelburne have fallen ill to what he called ‘Wind Turbine Syndrome’ and ‘Electrohypersensitivity’ caused inaudible noise and “dirty electricity” polluting the electrical systems of homes within range of wind turbines.
He said people have had to shut their power off, or in worst cases move from their homes. In many of these cases those people have been unable to sell their homes.
“We have four empty homes in Ripley due to this,” he said, adding the wind company has attempted to resolve the issue by burying power lines but with limited effects.
Colling gave a detailed presentation with photos and figures to back up his claims, along with examples of his electrical tests in the area. He said “Harmonic Distortion’ is something that has been acknowledged by wind companies, although they dismiss the other impacts, he said.
“And I know more people out there who are sick,” he said. “I didn’t ask for this. I just happened to be dropped into an area where it’s happening.”
Counc. Ron Coristine said he found the presentation “deeply troubling” and said the data should be used to continue the wind power debate in the area.
“As long as there is a debate, it’s our responsibility to engage in it,” said Coristine. “It’s not good enough for us to ignore this. We shouldn’t have to be an electrical engineer to protect ourselves from electricity.”
Colling said the issues will continue and for council to be mindful, as the area is on an “outdated, overloaded (electrical) system,” where this is bound to continue, he said.
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