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Schmalz: turbine fight is a ‘worldwide movement’

A town hall style meeting was held at Maple Hall in Port Elgin Thursday night on the subject of wind turbines.

The meeting falls shortly after the one year anniversary the Unifor turbine blades started spinning it was fourth in a series of open meetings for continued education. The turbine meeting, which was hosted by Saugeen Shores Turbine Operation Policy (S.T.O.P) brought in two speakers with new theories and histories in the fight against wind power.

Organizer Greg Schmaltz quipped “people are probably tired of hearing from him,” so he brought in some featured speakers from Toronto.

First to speak was Sherri Lange, the co-founder of Toronto Wind Action “whose claim to fame is that they beat the turbines on the Scarborough Bluffs down in Toronto,” said Schmalz.

Lange is also CEO of NAPAW (North American Platform Against Wind).

The second speaker Thursday evening was Kevin Dooley “who likes to be called an inventor and he truly is, with over one hundred US patents to his name,” Schmalz added. “He is a retired jet engine turbine specialist; his life’s mission is all about vibration which of course noise is a vibration.”

The S.T.O.P spokesperson said Dooley has interesting theories about how people suffering adverse effects from industrial turbines are in fact identical to motion sickness that you would experience on a boat caused by atmospheric pressure changes “which is a pretty cutting edge scientific data.”

Dooley’s presentation showcased The McMauley Hypothesis about infrasound and how it causes tempera illness. He displayed acoustic data captured from Port Elgin homes showing the rate of the blade passing the tower in a pulse spectra analysis.

“These frequencies of thumping are specific to each wind turbine”, said Dooley.

Following his presentation the room was open to public questioning and Dooley was happy to simplify the statistics that he presented in his presentation which followed Lange’s.

“This is a worldwide movement with cases and court proceedings stretching out as far as Germany,” said Schmalz. “The movement on a worldwide basis needs to be based on scientific fact. You have to really prove without a shadow of a doubt you can show how and why people are being made sick through low frequency noise and that’s [Dooley’s] mission.

“The struggle will continue until you can get to court and prove that they should not be operation,” he said.

A key point that the S.T.O.P wants to make clear is its fight has nothing to do with the people that work for Unifor. That [members] believe it truly is a policy that the directors have taken and they propose a meeting with representatives from Port Elgin.

“We just want a knowledgeable civil discussion on how to mitigate the harm that their machine is doing to the neighbor’s that surround their facility,” added Schmalz. “There is no questions the harm was not there before that change was made–by putting that one machine in the neighborhood.”

S.T.O.P would appreciate the opportunity to sit down and share all the measurement data collected which indicates the high levels of low frequency noise in the victim’s homes.

“There’s a huge amount of information about what extended exposure to low frequency noise does to the human body and it’s identical to what the people of Saugeen Shores are experiencing,” concluded Schmalz.