Town urging delay of wind projects

Darrell Cole
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Until end of Health Canada study

Amherst is asking for a delay on several proposed wind projects near Amherst until a Health Canada study is complete.

AMHERST – Amherst is urging a number of proposed wind projects near town be delayed until their potential health impacts can be addressed.

“We have heard concerns from a number of citizens with regard to the proposed additional turbines, particularly regarding the uncertainty surrounding the location of the turbines,” Mayor Robert Small said Monday.

In a letter to Premier Darrell Dexter, the mayor said concerns have been increasing since Sprott Power finished a $61-million project near the community.  While the town supports wind power generation, Small said the concern is that there is adequate and consistent setbacks in place.

He wants the projects delayed until the residents’ health concerns are addressed.

“Currently, setbacks for these projects are determined by the county and not the town. At the same time, residents of Amherst bordering on the existing project and the proposed project are impacted to a greater extent than county residents,” the mayor said in his letter to the premier. “While it may seem to be a ‘not in my backyard’ concern, there seems to be some validity with respect to the other concerns being voiced regarding the impact on the health of citizens, property values and so on.”

As a result of these concerns, the mayor said the town is writing another letter to the county and has forwarded a motion to the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities for consideration at its fall meeting.

Health Canada announced July 10 that, in collaboration with Statistics Canada, it will conduct a research study that will explore the relationship between wind turbine noise and health effects reported by, and objectively measured in, people living near wind power developments.

Small said the town hopes this study will once and for all provide definitive information on the health impacts associated with these projects.

The mayor does not see it as a town versus county issue. He wants the process slowed and deferred until the Health Canada study is complete and both communities have had some local experience with the existing wind farm.

Organizations: Health Canada, Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, Statistics Canada

Geographic location: AMHERST

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  • jason
    July 28, 2012 - 11:09

    How about putting a couple turbines at the good ol enheat site, there are no environmental concerns there; or perhaps at the stadium, they could use some money and power. What about on the fox ranch road, wouldnt the wind mills work good on a hill. Not a big population out that way. And how about adjusting this validation process so you can actually read the darn letters and submit a comment.

  • Jason
    July 24, 2012 - 12:30

    I hope they build a hundred of em on the marsh. don't stop!

  • dm
    July 17, 2012 - 16:38

    Should of had these wind turbines up 10,000 years ago and Canada would have not been covered in ice....wait a minute...they should of started burning petroleum 10,000 years ago to stop the ice age.Everyone knows that car pollution killed off the dinosaurs.

  • jr
    July 17, 2012 - 12:11

    This is just another tactic to stop these tings. Like it has been stated, greenhouse gases are destroying the ozone layer and we are all complaining that the power rates keep going up which supposedly are in relation to the price of oil and all the breaks NSP gives to the mills. I ahve stood underneath these turbines and they are so quiet that it is rediculous. They have been around for so many years and yet now because someone can see them form thier backyard they become big scary monsters that will end your normal unhealthy life. lol This is too funny. I would rather see these turbines than some of the junk that some people have in their old sheds or garages that may be toxic but nothing is done about. I guess it is just Human to want to complain about something.

  • Angus Welychka
    July 16, 2012 - 23:20

    I'm just hoping these monstrous turbines are delayed long enough for me to die of natural causes, like melting during a heatwave in November.

  • Cringeworthy
    July 16, 2012 - 21:56

    "In a letter to Premier Darrell Dexter, the mayor said...." Must be nice to get paid (by the taxpayer) to write complain-y letters all day. If I were the premier (and Brian, and the county and whoever else...) I'd keep my recycling bin handy until Rob's finished his hopefully unsuccessful re-election campaign.

  • Mr. Chow
    July 16, 2012 - 20:06

    Oh come on people there is no health issues on these. You guys just don't want it in your back yard. This is just a waste of money and the mayor should not get evolved in this. These wind turbines are not even in the bonders of the town. How about the wind turbine that is being built by the town. You know what and this is to everyone complaining. Let's look at it this way the polar ice caps are melting and the break wall on the marsh between here and NB is only so high. What will happen when the water over takes that and we can not cross the border. Or how about were the old bridge to sackville NB is and when the water is so high it almost washes out the highway. PEOPLE stop complaining hmmmmm clean energy or washed out roads. Even better yet what happens lets say they come back health canada and says they are bad. What so we are going to tear down all them. How about this lets put a coal plant there in stead. Dammm people look at the bigger issues for your kids, kids a clean environment or all hell breaking loose. Again we may complain but and I have to stress the turbines are not in Amherst again we have no right to tell the county what to do.