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Sunday, June 2, 2013

"change in pressure pressure hit her like a truck"...wind farms...yoi

NEW ROSS — Nance Ackerman says the change in pressure hit her like a truck when she stepped out of her car.

She said she was about 1,100 metres from the nearest wind turbine at Pubnico Point Wind Farm, where she went last June to interview two women for a film she was making on wind power.

“My chest suddenly hurt,” Ackerman told a Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board appeal hearing Thursday into the Municipality of Chester’s approval of a wind farm in the New Ross area.

Ackerman said her heart pounded hard, she couldn’t swallow and she got a migraine as the patio doors on the house pulsated in time with the turbines. She said all her symptoms disappeared by the time she was eight kilometres away.

Ackerman spoke on the first day of a scheduled eight-day hearing.

The $200-million wind farm has been approved by both Chester and the provincial Environment Department. It would be the largest in the province, with 34 turbines between Vaughan and New Ross.