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Rural Ontario tormented by wind developers  

Credit:  www.lfpress.com ~~

An eagle nest has been destroyed “for their own safety”, the wind company NextEra and Ministry of Natural Resources say.

I think of people who have suffered the same fate in rural Ontario. They have been forced out of their homes by wind turbines located too close. Many are still trying to escape, but are unable to do so due to finances and the inability to sell their homes.

Wind developers continue to advance into our communities, clearing out all pieces that do not fit with their projects. A pair of eagles nesting 20 metres from the proposed turbines blade sweep does not fit with their plan. The tree the nest was in did not fit either – it was smack in the middle of where the access road was to be bulldozed through. People who live close to turbines should not be there either, especially if they are prone to illness brought on, or aggravated, by the vibration, noise and flicker from their machines.

You start to view it as the Rural Ontario Clearings.

We find ourselves being given “receptor numbers” and “minimal setbacks.” We have several receptor numbers for our home due to the number of projects nearby; my kids’ school has many, too.

With this number you may or may not be told how much audible noise increase you will be subject to. You will not be told about the vibrations and the low frequency noise. In most cases you won’t be told about the amount of shadow flicker you will have to tolerate. You will not be told about the stray current and dirty electricity. Numbers and permits only make the destruction by these companies legal.

The MNR gave Nextera the permit to remove this bald eagle’s nest. Now we have to ask, who gave Nextera and all other wind companies the right to remove us from our homes?

Esther Wrightman


Source:  www.lfpress.com

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