“When they are running, you’d think I’m living between the 401 and the Queensway,” he said. “It sounds like a jet that’s about to take off but never does.” A video recorded by Lamb seemed to confirm his claims — the three blades swirling in the wind give off a continuous highway-like sound. “You think you’d get used to it, but you don’t.”
NORTH STORMONT – From anywhere on Randal Lamb’s rural North Stormont property, you can see a handful of towering wind turbines that make up the Nation Rise Wind Farm.
The 29-turbine project – which is rated to produce 100-megawatts – has faced stiff opposition and criticism from some North Stormont residents ever since its proposal a few years ago. Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) announced that the project had achieved commercial operation on June 17 and was therefore ready to move forward.
Yet a trip through North Stormont on Saturday revealed that not one of the turbines was in motion – a good thing according to Lamb. He alleged that the turbines, when active, have caused him to experience crippling health issues.
“I’m 55-years old,” Lamb started, “and when they (turbines) are running, I get a stinging pain in my chest. It feels like something in there just wants to push out. When I lay down, it’s even worse. I also get constant heart palpitations. Today, because they aren’t running, I feel great.”
Lamb also said that on Friday, he tried to mow his grass but had to stop midway through, as he was having heart pains. Around him, the turbines were turning.
“It got so bad I couldn’t take it,” he said. “I stopped three times.”
Lamb theorized his health issues, which also included being stressed and depressed, are being caused by infrasound – sound waves with frequencies below the lower limit of human audibility.
“I haven’t worked in months – I’m up all night,” he said. “My wife sleeps three to four hours a night.”
Even when the turbines aren’t running, he said he’s anxious from wondering when they will start back up.
Although he claimed to be negatively impacted by the low sound waves of the nearby giants, he also explained that these also create quite the ruckus.
“When they are running, you’d think I’m living between the 401 and the Queensway,” he said. “It sounds like a jet that’s about to take off but never does.”
A video recorded by Lamb seemed to confirm his claims – the three blades swirling in the wind give off a continuous highway-like sound.
“You think you’d get used to it, but you don’t.”
Not too far away from the man’s house is what he refers to as a power box – a metallic container measuring about five feet by three feet, with a high voltage signs affixed to it. It’s surrounded by four small concrete pillars that hold single yellow chain. A red pillar with the word warning stands near it.
“It says over the front danger and high voltage and yet, it’s only about 12 feet away from my living room,” said Lamb. “How is that even allowed?”
During the course of the turbines’ construction as well as the many weeks that followed it, Lamb and other North Stormont residents voiced their opposition to the project through complaints. These, addressed to several entities, had led to nothing, according to him.
The current situation has therefore left Lamb with limited options. When asked he’d like to move away from the turbines, he abruptly answered yes. There’s only one hitch – he claimed that the mere presence of the turbines has negatively impacted the value of his property.
“I would have to make a deal with someone,” he said. “I’d lose out on it, that’s for sure.”
According to Ruby Mekker, a staunch opponent of the wind farm project, the initiative has led to North Stormont residents being harmed.
“The treatment of the people has just been horrible,” she said. “Everyone in Ontario is going to be paying for the project for a minimum of 20 years. They’re going to have to pay for a project that is harming people and slaughtering bats and birds.”
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