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Information session planned on adverse effects of wind turbines  

Credit:  Julie Collins | Cape Breton Post | November 27, 2012 | www.capebretonpost.com ~~

HILLSIDE BOULARDERIE – The Hillside Boularderie and Area Concerned Citizens Group will hold an information session Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Bras d’Or community hall to discuss the development of a wind farm in Hillside Boularderie.

Carmen Krogh BscPharm, a retired pharmacist with more than 40 years experience in the health field, will be the guest speaker.

According to her biography, Krogh is widely recognized in Ontario and internationally for her research, peer reviewed articles and public information sessions on the health effects of industrial wind turbines.

A question and answer session will follow Krogh’s presentation.

“We aren’t opposed to green energy, but on the location of these huge wind turbines so close to residences,” said citizens group member Charles MacGuigan. “Wind turbines should be at least two to three kilometres from any residence. Boularderie Island is only small, it’s six miles at the widest point and two miles at the narrowest point.”

There is concern about the visual impact the project will have on the community, frequencies given off by the turbines and the adverse effects on their way of life.

“There are people who spent their whole lives saving to retire to Boularderie Island,” he said. “There are also the health effects this type of development could have on seniors, children and people in general.”

Referring to a Health Canada study due out next year, MacGuigan said there should be a moratorium on wind farms until the results of the study are released.

“If they want to put them up in the highlands, that’s fine, just keep them away from people’s homes and businesses,” her said. “There are about 400,000 tourists that stop on Kelly’s Mountain each year. Cape Breton is referred to as Nova Scotia’s masterpiece and look at what we are doing to this island.”

Natural Forces is moving ahead with development of the Hillside Boularderie Community Wind Farm.

Natural Forces, formerly Wind Prospect Inc., has been active in the Maritimes since 2008.

Nova Scotia already has 285.6 megawatts of installed wind energy capacity. New energy targets hope to increase that capacity to 600,000 megawatts by 2015.

Source:  Julie Collins | Cape Breton Post | November 27, 2012 | www.capebretonpost.com

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