'Just sit back and wait and see what the results are'

Add Patricia Davidson to those Conservative MPs calling for a moratorium on wind turbines in Ontario.

“We know that there’s a tremendous amount of concern in the community,” Davidson said. That’s why MPs in southwestern and eastern Ontario pushed Health Canada for a study, she said. “In the meantime, I think that it makes perfect sense for all of us to just sit back and wait and see what the results are.”

Suncor Energy is proposing to build the Cedar Point Wind Power Project, which could see as many as 62 wind turbines placed in Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores and Warwick Township as early as 2013. More turbines are proposed for other projects in Lambton Shores and neighbouring Middlesex and Huron county’s. “If all of these turbines go ahead and we find that there are health issues,” Davidson said, “then that’s really putting the horse before the cart. I think we need to have the results first.”

See previous coverage here, here and here.

Ontario’s chief medical officer reported on the available scientific evidence on wind turbines in 2010. Health Canada has extended the deadline for public submissions ahead of its study.

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