I would like to make people aware of a podcast made by the London & St. Thomas Association of Realtors, and featuring Doug Pedlar, a friend and fellow Realtor, from Grand Bend.
Doug has made it his mission to spread the news about industrial wind turbines, to educate the public about their negative influence on property values, and the possible impact that they may have on people’s health, animal (livestock) health and production, and the environment. I would like to join Doug in urging everyone to educate themselves about this topic — and ask ourselves if this is something that could, ultimately, affect us all.
Many people do not understand the huge effect these large turbine projects potentially have, or at the very least do not feel that it will involve them in any way. Certainly, the concept of green energy is something we can and should all get behind. But is this more a case of going from the frying pan straight into the fire? I believe so.
At the very least, it is absolutely true, here and now, that wind turbine production is pitting neighbour against neighbour, and having a significant negative impact on property values where they are being put up. The truly frightening part is, due to “gag clauses” written into the contracts being signed, many people do not even know if their neighbours have signed up to become a part of a wind turbine project.
For this reason, Realtors do not know or have access to this information when we are selling properties, unless the projects are imminent enough that they have become public knowledge. By then, it is far too late.
Many of the property owners who signed on are only now finding out about the negative effects, but for them (and their neighbours) it may well be “game over.”
As professionals who are committed to the betterment and well-being of the communities in which we all live, Realtors are very concerned as a whole about how this will affect the people we serve. The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) is doing its part by educating its members on this relatively new territory, while lobbying the provincial government to provide further research and information in order for us to better serve our clients and communities.
To date, information has been slow in forthcoming, and lacking in solid fact, given the reality that not nearly enough satisfactory exploration has been done.
There is much to be done by way of research, public dialogue, including input and participation from municipal governments, and careful planning and development that includes consideration of cause and effect over dollars and cents before these projects should be allowed to go any further ahead, if at all.
Whether you believe or not, or feel this has any effect on you, please consider watching this video so that you are aware. Go to YouTube.com and search “Industrial Wind Turbines and their effect on our quality of life” by LSTARMembers.
Sue Fowler, St. Marys President-Elect, Huron Perth Real Estate Board