Q.3. I live in the area and graze cattle. Will the turbines impact my health or the health of my animals?
There is no scientific evidence that wind turbines affect human or animal health. Many scientific articles have been written on this topic and no evidence exists to suggest a causal link between wind turbines and health impacts.
Health Canada carried out an extensive study in 2012 to investigate any concerns. Over 1,200 participants in Ontario and Prince Edward Island who live near wind turbines were surveyed about their health. The results support the research to date concluding that no evidence exists to support a link between turbine operation, or noise, and health.2
Presently, there are thousands of turbines installed across Canada and hundreds of thousands around the world that are operating safely and without human effect. In the Pincher Creek area of Alberta, wind farms have been present for over 25 years and often cattle can be seen grazing right under the turbines.
Scientific research has shown that wind turbines can, in some cases, create an ‘annoyance’ factor for a small number of people. Some aspects of wind projects, such as the view and noise, can cause some people to feel annoyed, and this can lead to stress and other health side-effects.3 This is not a direct cause of health effects, but rather a by-product of stress and anxiety.
Proper siting of wind farms and good consultation regarding wind farms and their planning, as well as adherence to government researched noise limits, all minimize the risk of annoyance for individuals living near wind farms. It is also worth noting that for the proposed project there is only one residence within 2 km of the project properties and the region is already heavily developed with extensive oil & gas industrial activity, therefore, these factors will also likely reduce the risk of local residents being annoyed by the project.
2 “Wind Turbine and Health Study”, (Health Canada, 2015).
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3 “Wind Turbines and Human Health,” (Frontiers in Public Health, June 2014).