To the editor,
For the benefit of families still living in rural Pictou County, I would encourage residents to press County Council to increase the setback distance for industrial wind turbines from 600 metres to 1.5 km or more from residents.
A special panel appointed is considering a proposal to increase the distance to 1 km but this is still inadequate.
Sound effects and blade shadow have affected the quality of the lives of many people living near wind turbines. Not all people appear to be affected in the same way, just as not all people are affected the same way by motion sickness in a car or boat. We can choose not to ride in a car or boat but avoidance of wind turbines is not a choice given many rural residents, some of whom may have committed their lives to their land and home. We owe it to them and to our own futures as rural residents to see that the setback is increased.
For those who do not see or feel the effects of industrial wind turbines, I invite you to take a drive on the next star-filled night from River John, Welsford area heading towards West Branch. You will see flashing red towers covering the once wild Cobequid mountain tops, lighting the area up like a year round Christmas celebration gone wrong.
Other pressures such as fracking, industrial forestry and open pit mining threaten to further turn rural areas into industrial landscapes. It may be argued that these ventures are needed as the county faces a decreased tax base but we must consider the huge cost we are paying. We may not just be robbing current residents of their way of life but the possible dreams of those who will follow in our wake.
Billy Mac Donald