After residents narrowly avoided the last wind turbine project in Jeddore, the corporations are again trying to put one into inhabited areas against our wishes. The government of Nova Scotia is ignoring health risks related to wind turbines near homes.
The proposed one, under the provincial COMFIT program, is uphill in the water supply run-off of numerous homes. That’s the concern at the building stage. It has been deviously downsized from 2.15 to 1.99 megawatts, avoiding an automatic environmental assessment at 2 MW.
Health concerns (Google wind turbine syndrome) and various risks also arise from wind turbines in inhabited areas. Reports indicate a loss of property value of as high as 40 per cent because people do not want to live within three kilometres.
The locals are overwhelmingly against this turbine and yet they again have to fight the system to preserve their homes. A very informative site is www.friendsofjeddore.com.
This can only be stopped at the Department of Energy’s COMFIT program director’s office. Hopefully, they will listen to the voters living in the area and not a few corporate shareholders living in urban Halifax, where wind turbines of any size are banned.
Karl Green, Jeddore Harbour
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