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Wind Rush

(Ontario; 42 min.)

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Driving by a wind farm, looking at the rural houses, it's easy to be skeptical about the talk of wind turbines making people sick. We're told that wind turbines are good and green. So how could those people living by them have an issue?

But there is a problem — and it's there because some governments and wind companies didn't do their homework before installing megawatt after megawatt of huge industrial machines. And as a result there are people living among the turbines who are suffering.

In the new documentary film WIND RUSH, produced for CBC Doc Zone by Toronto's 90th Parallel Productions, the battleground for the pro and anti wind forces is southern Ontario. The government there pledged to wean the province off coal fired generation plants and replace them with green wind energy.

But as soon as the turbines went up in places like Wolf Island, Amaranth and Bruce County, people realized they could hear them. Sometimes it was like a whisper, but other times it sounded more like a jet taking off.

And then it got worse.

New turbines started coming in at two and three times the size of the old ones. And they were even louder. It led to chronic sleeplessness for many people living close by — and that can lead to diabetes, depression and heart disease. Others were affected in their inner ears by low-level sounds that set off their equilibrium. Doctors started seeing patient after patient complaining of the same sets of symptoms. And then people started to realize that no one had done any significant human health studies before giving the green light to the turbine farms.

WIND RUSH takes viewers to southwestern Alberta, where wind has been an energy staple for more than twenty years. There is plenty of room for humans and windmills to coexist—a stark contrast to Ontario, where the same prairie technology was installed in a dramatically different landscape. The film then moves to Denmark, a country long considered the poster-child for the wind energy movement. But as WIND RUSH reveals, the relationship between the Danes and turbines has soured.

WIND RUSH talks to people on either side of the turbine divide, and then turns to scientists to try and determine what has gone wrong. In the next several years the turbines will double in size again — bigger, louder and more powerful. But without sufficient research have the people who live among the wind farms been forgotten?


The titles in the box below are available on a compilation DVD (NTSC). Request a copy at DVD/wind-watch.org. Please consider making a donation to help support this free public service.

More videos are available in the Resource Documents.

Welcome to Mars Hill

(Maine; 22 min.)

Voices of Tug Hill

(Lewis County, N.Y.; 21 min.)

Life Under a Windplant

(Meyersdale, Pa.; 26 min.)

Wind Turbine Strobe Lights and Eerie Noises

(Fenner and Wethersfield, N.Y.; 7 min.)

Industrial Wind Energy Information

(compilation from above videos and the "Truth About Industrial Wind Energy" presentations; 39 min.)

The Wind Turbine Battle / Der Kampf um die Windräder

(Germany; 29 min.)

Wind Farm Issues — Compilation

(Fife, Scotland; 6 min.)

WINDFALL

(Meredith, N.Y.; 1 hr. 23 min.)

WIND RUSH

(Ontario; 42 min.)

Windbag of Aeolus [Ασκός του Αιόλου]

(Greece; 10 min.)

La nueva conquista: Eolicos en Oaxaca

(Mexico; 10 min.)

Infrasound from Wind Turbines / Infraschall von Windkraftanlagen / Infrasons des éoliennes

(Germany; 10 min.)

Wind Turbine Syndrome, a matter of bad prevention?

(Denmark; 13 min.)

Wind Turbines and Public Health

(Australia; 7 min.)

No Safe Place

(Prince Edward County, Ont.; 13 min.)

Presentations before the Concerned Citizens of Moore and Argyle Township

(Michigan; 3 videos)

The Falmouth Conference on Human Rights

(Falmouth, Mass.; 5 videos)

Wind Turbine Information Session

(Scituate, Mass.; 2 hr. 10 min.)

Potential Placement of Wind Turbines

(Shelburne, Mass.; 1 hr. 57 min.)

Realities of Wind Energy

(Dekalb County, Ill.; 1 hr. 20 min.)

Battery Blues

(Hawaii; 4.5 min.)

This Is Green Energy?

(Lowell, Vt.; 1.5 min.)

Mad World of Wind Turbines

(3.5 min.)

Wind Turbine Construction

(6 min.)

Wind Turbine Assembly

(6 min.)

Concrete Pour: Wind Turbine Foundation

(Ireland; 5 min.)

Europe's Ill Wind

(25 min.)

A Taste of What's Planned

(Whitelee, Scotland; 3 min.)

Testimony: Wind Turbine Noise

(Vermont; 19 videos)

Ontario Wind Turbines

(6 min.)

Living Near a Windfarm: Cape Bridgewater, Victoria

(4 interviews)

Victim Impact Statements: Australia

(13 interviews)

Interviews with Wisconsin Wind Farm Residents

(5 interviews)

Wisconsin Wind

(Fond du Lac County and Lincoln Township; 1 hr. 49 min.)

Throwing Caution to the Wind

(Port Rowan, Ont.; 7.5 min.)

Throwing Caution to the Wind

(Barrington, R.I.; 17 min.)

Helen Fraser Interview

(Shelburne, Ont.; 21 min.)

Amaranth Wind Turbines, Noise and Health: Barbara Ashbee Interview

(Amaranth, Ont.; 17 min.)

Pandora’s Pinwheels: The Reality of Life with Wind Turbines

(Australia and New Zealand; 1 hr. 57 min.)

Wind Turbines: The Test of Time

(7 min.)

What Wind Turbines Sound Like

(Fond du Lac County, Wis.; 2.5 min.)

Wind Turbine Noise and Shadow Flicker

(Fond du Lac County, Wis.; 9 min.)

Industrial Wind Turbine Shadow Flicker in Wisconsin 2008

(Fond du Lac County, Wis.; 2.5 min.)

Wind Turbine Flicker

(Scituate, Mass.; 7 videos)

Shadow Flicker and Noise

(Freedom, Maine; 3 videos)

Shadow Flicker

(The Netherlands; 3 min.)

Foliennes — Éoliennes à tout prix?

(Québec; 7 videos)

The Truth About Industrial Wind Energy

(Kansas; 12 presentations)

Infrasound and Motion Sickness

(Ontario; 18 min.)

Noise of Turbine in Aberdeenshire

(Scotland; 2 min.)

Sound Recording

(Wales)

Wind Turbine Breaks Up in Storm

(Denmark; 3 videos)

Burning Wind Turbine

(Portugal; 4.5 min.)

Burning Wind Turbine

(Indiana; 2 min.)

Wind Turbine Fire

(Isselburg, Germany; 2 videos)

Wind Turbine Fires

(Germany)

Washing Wind Turbine from Helicopter

(Spain; 3 min.)

The Battle for Cefn Croes

(Wales; 3 min.)

The Destruction of Cefn Croes

(photo collection)

Vulture Fatally Collides With Wind Turbine Blade

(Crete; 30 sec./6 min.)

A Rough Wind: The Impact of Industrial Windmill Facilities on Birds and Other Wildlife

(Pennsylvania; 20 min.)

Raptors and Wind Turbines

(Norway; 6.5 min.)


More videos are available in the Documents Library.

Also see more videos at the National Wind Watch You Tube page


NWW also recommends:

The Politics of Peat

RTE News footage of the bog slides caused by wind facility construction in Derrybrien and other sites in Co. Galway, Ireland
(compiled by the Scottish Wind Assessment Project)
Write to SWAP to obtain a copy.

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