Last night Big Wind, Abbey Jack Neidik’s documentary on the reported effects of wind turbines in rural Ontario, aired on TVO, Ontario’s educational channel. As the TVO site notes, “It is a divisive issue that at times pits neighbour against neighbour, residents against corporations, and the people against their government.” The ill effects reported include sickness among people and livestock.
“I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, I went down to 98 pounds,” says a local woman in the documentary, adding that doctors told her she’d have to leave her home because of the wind turbines. Another resident reports something unprecedented: Nosebleeds in cattle. As one speaker bluntly puts it, “This thing is making people sick.”
Today, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) has issued a statement via CNW in response to the film. CanWEA says it is “disappointed that the film does not provide balanced, expert views on a wide range of important issues impacting our environment, human health and the future of our electricity system.”
A backgrounder provided by CanWEA says the film “references the start of the Health Canada study [on the health effects of exposure to wind turbine sound] but was completed before the results of the study were released.” These results include “No evidence to support a link between exposure to wind turbine noise and any of the self-reported illnesses and chronic conditions.” It sites other studies on the subject also.