Ministry of Environment did not investigate over 68% of wind turbine noise complaints received

Ministry of Environment did not investigate over 68% of wind turbine noise complaints received

http://globalnews.ca/video/embed/3498008/

Brian Hill, Global News
Excerpt: “Over the past two years, officials from the ministry have measured violations of the province’s noise limits at the couple’s home on two occasions, first in August 2015 and again in March 2017. Despite these violations, the couple says the government has done nothing other than order more tests.

The Stachura’s complaints of government inaction are not unique. In fact, Global News has learned that Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change does not respond to the majority of complaints made by residents concerned about wind turbines.

Documents released through Ontario’s Freedom of Information Act and obtained by Global News reveal officials from the Ministry of Environment chose not to investigate or deferred responding to – meaning they did not make immediate plans to investigate – roughly 68 per cent of all noise and health complaints lodged against wind turbine operators in the province between 2006 and 2014. This represents nearly 2,200 individual complaints.

The documents also show limited resources sometimes prevented the ministry from responding to complaints.”  Read article

https://omny.fm/shows/tasha-kheiriddin/what-is-the-ontario-ministry-of-environment-doing/embed?style=artwork


Unaddressed Wind Turbine Complaints Anger Local Group
A local group opposed to wind turbines is once again calling on the province to put a stop to the controversial wind power projects, after a new report found many noise complaints related to the turbines are being ignored.

Dutton Dunwich Opponents of Wind Turbines (DDOWT), a group made up people from the rural community southwest of London, has written to Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) Glenn Murray demanding he stop any new wind turbine approvals.

Their demand comes in light of documents obtained by Wind Concerns Ontario under the Freedom of Information Act. The documents show the Ministry of Environment chose not to investigate or deferred responding to roughly 68% of all noise and health complaints made against green energy operators in the province between 2006 and 2014.

A list of 3,180 complaints is included in the documents. Of those, more than 1,700 were not investigated by the ministry. In another 446 of the complaints the ministry deferred responding. Complainants reported sleep disturbances, headaches, and dizziness from the wind turbine noise emissions. Read article

14 THOUGHTS ON “MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT DID NOT INVESTIGATE OVER 68% OF WIND TURBINE NOISE COMPLAINTS RECEIVED”

  1. It’s time for open letters to be written to Minister Glen Murray, from all of the communities where harm is still being experienced from turbines near homes and farms. These open letters need to be circulated widely so that the people of Ontario will no longer be deceived. These letters need to contain concise statements regarding the truth about the harm being experienced because the MOECC has failed their duty to protect rural residents.
    Now is the time….

    • Mr. Glen Murray:

      We believe that you are dishonest
      or recklessly not competent
      or dishonest and recklessly not competent.

      Here is the simple definition of “CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE”
      from the Criminal Code of Canada:

      Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)
      http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-46/

      Criminal Negligence
      219. (1) Every one is criminally negligent who
      (a) in doing anything, or
      (b) in omitting to do anything that it is his duty to do,
      shows wanton or reckless disregard for the lives or safety of other persons.
      Definition of “duty”
      (2) For the purposes of this section, “duty” means a duty imposed by law.

      • It has been many weeks since the noise testing results were announced to the public. It’s been much too long since the circus at Queen’s Park occurred. And now there is silence, both from the media and from the MOECC.
        The turbines are still running.
        What’s happening?

  2. Seems to me lots of people have testified (under oath) at the many ERTs about the harm being done to them by wind turbines…. doesn’t the minister have access to any of that??????

    • You’re right. Those who testified thoroughly at ERT’s told their truth. Minister Murray might use some excuse for not even bothering to look at these records.

      Right now we have an opportunity to amplify and support the courageous people who told their stories to Global News.We also have an opportunity to show people in Ontario that the MOECC was neglectful of their duty to protect under Minister Glen Murray.

  3. “Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help
    the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part
    of my life, a kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me,
    I will come running, wherever they are.”

    DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES, June 1997.

  4. Check out today’s Google Canada homepage.

    Today’s picture contains a Maple Leaf on a light bulb and what appears to be an IWT among the Letters.

  5. “Prince of Hearts: William Breaks Royal Protocol and Hugs Victim of Deadly London Fire”
    People | Katherine Richter | 12 hrs ago | Compliments Microsoft

    Prince William hugged a victim of Wednesday’s deadly west London fire (which currently has a death toll of 58 people) when he made a visit to a crisis center on Friday.

    The prince’s embrace broke with royal protocol — touching royal members is historically reserved for handshakes — and instead embraced the distressed woman who was reportedly desperate to locate her husband who was trapped an elevator during the time of the fire.

    Queen Elizabeth II, 91, and her grandson, 34, had made an emotional visit together on Friday to see the survivors, meet with victims’ families and rescue workers who were affected by the inferno, which engulfed the Grenfell Tower in London.

    In an unannounced tour of the area, the royals went to the Westway Sports Centre close to the tower. The venue had been a focal point for efforts to support those affected by the fire which engulfed the apartment tower in a matter of minutes. During the visit, they met with first responders from the Emergency Services, as well as local residents and community representatives.

    William, Princess Kate, and Prince Harry had also made a donation to a fund to help the families who were made homeless by the tragedy.

    “The tragedy at Grenfell Tower has left a number of local people in need of urgent assistance,” a spokesman for the three royals at Kensington Palace said. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are pleased the Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund has immediately swung into action. As residents of the local area they are keen to offer their immediate support.”

  6. It has been many weeks since the noise testing results were announced to the public. It’s been much too long since the circus at Queen’s Park occurred. And now there is silence, both from the media and from the MOECC.
    The turbines are still running.
    What’s happening?

  7. The length of time that people are being forced to wait until action is taken by the MOECC speaks volumes to why so many people have lost faith in this ministry. The MOECC did not respond to over 68% of reports of harm. Do we have any way of knowing what came of the other 32%? Did the MOECC actually protect anyone? The circus at Queen’s Park took place almost a month ago and the turbines that were found to be ‘out of compliance’ and emitting tonal noise are still running.

  8. Thank you, Barbara. Would you please explain in layman’s language what is in those documents that answers my question regarding the lack of protection by the MOECC, after they recorded noise from turbines that are ‘out of compliance’ and recorded tonal noise ?
    How do we renew peoples’ faith in this Ministry to protect the environment of residents of rural Ontario who have been forced to have industrial wind turbines sited too close to their homes?
    Forced relocation is not acceptable in Ontario. Is there something in those government documents that says it is?

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