After hearing the news that wind turbines 45 minutes from Seaforth exceeded the acceptable level of noise, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson spoke with “her heart” when she asked Glen Murray, the Minister for Environment and Climate Change to shut the operation down.
After waiting for two years, a pair of families from Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh received their results April 7 and Thompson said that essentially an indication from 11 out of the 20 measurements were noted as out of compliance and above Ministry guidelines.
This research conducted by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change in Owen Sound implied that there was a possibility of tonal noises being produced from those specific wind turbines.
“Why should these families continue to suffer while waiting for more testing or is it that you need more time to devise a plan that ignores your own ministry’s research,” stated Thompson with emotion at legislature April 12.
Murray responded and said if wind turbines or any other type of technology exceeds sound levels, “we enforce the law.”
“No one should have to suffer noise pollution from any source.”
Thompson said she has requested a sit down with Murray; the two are currently figuring out a date to meet.
Since rules have been broken, Thompson said she would like to see the wind turbines shut off until they meet the requirements of acceptable noise levels.
People from St. Thomas, Eastern Ontario and several other places in the province have emailed Thompson, “saying thank you for continuing to fight for us and that’s what I’ll do,” she said while also adding that she receives complaints by concerned residents from both counties in her riding on a regular basis.
“It’s time to do right by Ontario citizens being affected by industrial turbines.”
If this matter is not dealt with and more tests are needed, Thompson said the next round might take another year and a half to finish.
“I don’t know what this Minister thinks quick means, but suffering for three and a half years before anything gets done doesn’t sound quick to me,” Thompson stated in a press release.
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