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Ontario Scraps Lake Wind-power Plans

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The Star is reporting that the Ontario provincial government has halted its march toward wind power built on lakes, citing environmental concerns.

Rural residents where some wind power facilities are installed have complained of health problems such as nosebleeds and headaches stemming from the low-frequency noise. This could pose a problem for attempts to find renewable energy sources as the province phases out coal plants, The Star said.

“There isn’t a lot of science on freshwater offshore wind while there is tons of science on land wind farms,” Energy Minister Brad Duguid told the Star. “We need some time to review the science and we don’t have it today.”

Wind-power opponents hailed the ruling, even though no lake-based projects are on tap. According to the Star, about 1,500 applications for wind and solar projects have been received by the government but fewer than five were for offshore wind projects.