During the 1970s, a Dover Centre dairy farmer was having problems with his dairy herd with lack of quality and quantity of milk production. The cows were also unable to conceive. After exhaustive investigations and studies, it was found there were stray current and/or stray voltage in his dairy barn.
Ontario Hydro and several electrical engineers insisted this was impossible. After a lawsuit, with expert witnesses, it was found that stray current and/or voltage did exist. A Hydro sub-station near Chatham had overload problems and the stray current and/or voltage passed through the ground to return to its source of power at a sub-station near Dover Centre. The stray current and/or power was picked up in the dairy barn and was shocking the cows.
The problem was fixed by decommissioning the Chatham sub-station. The problem could have been also eliminated in other parts of Ontario if sufficient neutral lines were installed on poles to return electrons to source rather than dump them into the ground using ground rods.
Was this considered collateral damage by municipal, provincial and Ontario Hydro as only a few farmers and individuals were harmed?
In 2008, when Chatham-Kent council decided it would be a willing host for Green Energy and wind turbines, did they look into all the possible negative aspects of wind turbine construction?
Many wind turbines were constructed in the Wheatley to Merlin area in 2009 using concrete for their bases and having the turbines with 165 foot-long blades sit on top.
Did anyone think about the consequences of digging out that much soil and replacing it with concrete and the impact the operation of those wind turbines could have on rural residents? Or were they considered collateral damage for the Green Energy movement and the profitability of the wind turbine owners?
In 2009, five wind turbines were built and made operational in Dover Township using steel piling (down to the bedrock, which in this area is Kettle Point Black Shale). The turbine was placed on a thin layer of concrete. Almost immediately water wells were affected.
In 2012, 55 more wind turbines were constructed and made operational in Dover Township using the steel piling method of construction. And many more water wells were affected, likely indicating further damage to the aquifer.
Did the governments believe this could be written off as collateral damage?
In 2016, after being warned about problems with water wells and the aquifer, the wind companies and Ministry of Environment went forward with construction on 34 more wind turbines in Chatham Township. In addition to the water well and aquifer problems, some locations had gas escaping near their water wells. That was new. One man was afraid of his home exploding and went to very costly measures to try to stop that from happening.
Earlier this year, gas was escaping in Wheatley and the source was and is still unknown. In August there was an explosion.
Could the weight of all the concrete that replaced soil and the vibration of the wind turbines have forced the gas out of the Kettle Point Black Shale?
Did it take this many years because of the different construction base used in the Wheatley/Merlin area compared to Dover and Chatham townships?
Gas emitted almost immediately in Chatham Township, but again the Kettle Point Black Shale was penetrated, unlike in Wheatley Merlin area were excavation went a few metres deep. Kettle Point Black Shale is loaded with heavy metals and can hold gases.
Will these explosions also be written off as collateral damage?
What will happen if Chatham or Leamington is next?
What will it take to have a though and proper investigation? Stray voltage was once said to be a problem but is now recognized as valid by Hydro One.
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