Dwarfed by Turbines

Dwarfed by Turbines

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Here We Go Again - January 13th, 2010

A few things have happened this week that I thought might be of interest to my readers.
1. Our Power, as well as neighbors in the area, including Dealtown, has been "flickering". It goes out every couple of hours for just a few seconds and then kicks back in. This has been going on since Saturday night I think it was. My husband was up in the night (due to the turbine noise), and said the power was out overnight about 3 hours.

Here is the interesting part. I spoke to my nieghbor who called and reported the problem to Hydro One and was told by them that the problem is related to the turbines and to contact Kruger. I also reported the issue to Hydro One, but I have not heard back yet.

2. I woke up today with one of the "turbine" headaches as I refer to them. I know it is a headache related to the turbines because of the way it sits in the front of my forehead, and runs down my neck and is not eased by medication, sleep, food or drink. When I mentioned it to my husband, he told me that the turbines were turning especially loud and fast last evening and he also reminded me that I have not been out of the house for quite a few days except for an hour or two yesterday.

I truly hope the winter problems are not starting again. To date I have not rec'd any replies to my requests for information from Kruger other than to say they would get back to me. I have also not heard back from the Ministry of Environment since the last call where I was told that the reports were forwarded and our local rep's were waiting for their counterparts.

As I look out the window today, I see that the turbines are once again facing the direction which gives us the most problem. I noticed over the holidays, they seemed to face other directions for quite a bit of the time. Looks like the prevailing winds are back in action and we may be getting the brunt of the wind farm again. On a positive note, I have not noticed or felt excessive vibration so perhaps our renovations are working (still in progress, but hopefully moving forward soon).



April Colby said...

Hello Nik!
My name is April Colby (no relation to the doctor), and I'm a journalism student at St. Clair College. I was directed to your blog through Monica Elmes because I'm writing a story on the recently released report.
Your blog puts me in a slightly awkward position - it's hard to be unbiased and maintain my journalistic integrity when I read the horrible things your family is going through.
I'd also like to let you know I don't just have a "journalistic" interest in your family's story - I grew up in Fletcher and honestly, it pains me a bit to see the previously unfettered landscape and sky peppered with those giant, white blades.
What hurts me even more, though, is my mother (who has always suffered chronic migraines and pain), father (who has Fibromyalgia), and my autistic brother still live there. I worry as I see the turbines quickly approaching their home. I drive down the town line almost daily to pick my 19-month-old son up from their house, and I still am shocked every time I see how fast they went up and how many there are already.
I intend to do a feature story on the turbines and their effects, and if given the opportunity, would love to interview yourself and your family.
It saddens me your story hasn't been told in a more public forum. Like I said, it will be hard to remain unbiased, but it seems most reporters that have already reported on the issue are- just in the other direction.
I hope things are getting easier for you and your family.
Take care!
April Colby

Nik said...

I am sorry I have not blogged lately, work has had me very busy and travelling and we also are still working on renovations to our home to hopefully fix the turbine problem...I'll try to blog soon, and April, If you would like to contact us, feel free to do so...

Anonymous said...

I would love it if you could come and talk at our public meeting in Alvinston, ON at the Brooke Alvinston Inwood Community Complex (the Arena)
there are windmills proposed for here and we need all the help we can get.
It is Tuesday April 6 at 6pm........email me for more info @ alynnegrover@hotmail.com

Nik said...

I am so sorry, this post got misplaced in my email and it is currently April 6th. My apologies for not responding sooner. As it turns out, I would not have been able to make it today as I have another meeting tonight. I am sorry for not getting back to you, I hope it goes well. Nik