Distinguished Doctor Speaks about Health Effects of Industrial Wind Turbines

Dr Robert McMurtry, Order of Canada, records his concerns about Industrial Find out about the effect of Wind Turbines on human health and community well-bein...

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Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on February 4, 2012 at 8:26pm

Thank  you  Dr Mc Murtry, your  work has  been  an  inspiration to all of  us  who have dedicated time and effort in solving the problem of poor siting  of  wind turbines . 

Here in Maine we  have been  working  for three years on changing the current  DEP noise  regulations.

Two  attempts of legislative changes were unsuccessful but a citizens petition rukemaking change  to  the BEP brought  a small victory.

Indeed ,last  September after  listening  to  8  hours of complex  acoustic and  and medical  experts and  heartbreaking citizens testimonies , the BEP has  voted  to reduce the nighttime noise  levels  from 45  dba  to 42 dba .

This  is  a far  cry  from  what we had requested but is  certainly bringing to  the forefront  of Maine's regulatory process the  seriousness  of  adverse health effects  of  wind  turbine noise .

However after  the vote was taken in September,we were  told  that the  BEP rules  had to  go back to  the  Legislature because Assistant to  the Attorney General Peggy Bensinger  had  ruled shortly  before  the BEP vote  that  the  rules  were major  substantive rather than routine technical.

So  we have to make  our case  again .



if you want  more  information, please email me at sherwats2@wildblue.net



Comment by Penny Gray on February 4, 2012 at 10:18am

Wow.  This is very powerful and very pertinent to Maine and the world.  Thank you, Dr. McMurtry.  Everyone should watch this.

Comment by Leola R. Ballweber on February 4, 2012 at 10:18am

As I watch, I look out of my dining room window as the industrial wind turbines turn. My heart is filled with sorrow and my mind is filled with anger. I know that the conflict of these emotions will influence how I react to things to come in the future. I do not want to consider myself a victim and to do that, I must fight back in an honorable way. I must follow the legal road against this project in Woodstock, Maine. I must be their for others who have lost value to their homes, camps and receive the sounds of turbines. I will help those who need it to find some resolution to their plight with wind turbines. I can not give back what has been taken or destroyed, I can only give direction of the path that must be taken to find some satisfaction for the victims of wind power.

I want to cry for the losses in Woodstock. Concord pond and it's camps, Shagg pond, and the two mile radius of the Spruce Mountain Wind Project. All will/are being affected by infra-sound, blade flicker and a lower valuation of their camps and homes. the sadness rings the loudest and it is a sadness that is spread across the world.   I ask,"Why an industry of this kind could be encouraged by our governments, subsidized by our governments and no safety studies done before the devastation occurred? Why after the fact. It is clear that the saying,"Man is his worst enemy", rings loud and strong on this issue.

Comment by Long Islander on February 3, 2012 at 11:00pm

Beautiful Prince Edward County is almost 400 miles from Maine. But the good doctor's words absolutely hit home. This is a highly recommended viewing investment.

Dr. Robert McMurtry

Dr. Robert McMurtry is the former Dean of Medicine for the University of Western Ontario.  

He was a member of the Health Council of Canada for 3½ years and a member and special advisor to the Royal Commission under Roy Romanow on the future of health care in Canada. Dr. McMurtry was a visiting Cameron Chair to Health Canada for providing policy advice to the Minister and Deputy Minister of Health. He was the Founding and Associate Deputy Minister of Population & Public Health, Canada.

Dr. McMurtry sat on the National Steering Committee on Climate Change and Health Assessment. 

Presently Dr. McMurtry is Professor (Emeritus) of Surgery, University of Western Ontario



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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."


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