Nurses for Safe Renewable Power

Looking for a healthy environment for everyone

Putting a name to the effects of wind turbine noise

It may be easy for decision-makers, policy-makers, writers of position papers, politicians and certainly, the corporate wind developer staff members, to sit behind a desk–probably in a city, well aware from turbines and not under a threat of any coming any time soon–and read of reports of illness from the environmental noise caused by the wind power generators. Just anecdotes they’ll say. Not scientific. Not “peer-reviewed.” Just accounts of illness from nameless people.

Well, here’s a name for you: Tracy Whitworth.

And here’s another: Clear Creek-Cultus-Frogmore. That’s an area on the north shore of Lake Erie–a beautiful spot–where industrial wind turbines were built several years ago.

You can read more about the process of approvals and how the community did not want the project in a chapter of Dirty Business: the reality of Ontario’s rush to wind power*, by Clear Creek resident Stephana Johnston. Today, Johnston wrote in the book, in her community of 140 homes, 30 were vacant and for sale, or occupied but for sale…as the months go on, fewer people are able to live in the homes.

A few weeks ago, Tracy Whitworth wrote to someone in Maine, who is also experiencing health problems due to exposure to the noise and vibration. Here is what Tracy wrote:

My name is Tracy.  I know your situation all too well.

My home sits empty in Clear Creek, Ontario.  My life of hell started in the fall of 2008.

Yesterday was a very bad day for us.  Spirits are very low.  My son and I had a discussion just last night.  We talked about people and money; people not caring about others; the humiliation we have felt; the fight that is ahead of us; the scars that will be with us for the rest of our lives.  Like yourself, my government and the wind companies have destroyed my life.  They almost killed me.  I am not out of the woods yet.

I went to my home today—my home where I cannot live.  I still have some of my things there, where I had left them.  I walked the property, looking at the trees I had planted over the years; looking back at a life that no longer exists, or ever will.  It was very sad.  I drove around the township, again surprised at yet another new real estate listing and even more vacated houses.

Approximately one in three houses are empty.  Two of the vacant homes were homes of young families with children.  I was glad they were able to leave.  Others have left; a few have passed on (died).  I consider myself fortunate that my son had the sense to get us out of there.  Today I tolerated half an hour of exposure to low frequencies.  When I left, I had started to become lethargic.  I was dizzy, nauseous.  My head hurt.  I felt such pressure.

For the rest of her account and to read the comments from others, go to

Once again, we ask that people learn more, and not rely 100 percent on what the government is saying, not what the “environmental” groups are saying, nor the wind developers…there are real stories from real people out there, who have no other agenda but to get their lives and health back.

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