Wind Farms contaminating Scottish water supply

Samples taken of the public water supply near the wind farm at Eaglesham Moor, Renfrewshire, Scotland revealed an increase than the maximum allowance of the presence of the chemical trihalomethane (THM) by almost 70 percent. The UK Daily Record reports radiologist Dr. Rachel Connor took samples over a four-year period showed high levels of the potentially cancer-causing substance. Dr. Connor also took water samples near her home that demonstrated heightened THM levels above the UK maximum.

The water supply services 30,000 people but regulators have dismissed her claims stating the high THM is related to other issues that are under investigation. The company that owns and operates the wind farm, ScottishPower Renewables, denies any problems related to their wind farms. However, what got Dr. Connor interested was a 2011 NHS water supply report that stated: Treatment and filtration difficulties have represented potential health risks. After becoming concerned about the potential for contamination, she decided to conduct her own tests. Dr. Rachel Connor states:

I obtained test results in 2013 from East Ayrshire Council and discovered that our water had been grossly contaminated with E.coli bacteria.

That was bad enough but I am far more concerned about the presence of THMs in the public supply.

We are drinking the stuff now but all the medical advice is that the effects may not be seen for 10 or 20 years.

Dr. Connor is not the first person to come to this conclusion. During December of last year, the Record reported a resident of Benbrack near Carsphairn and Loch Urr named Elliot Davis stated the Whitelee wind farm is contaminating his home’s water supply. Another resident named Sheena Mason stated that her drinking water turned orange when construction began on the wind farm near Ayrshire and Lanarkshire.

The company that owns the wind farms, ScottishPower Renewables, states that no one has come to them about water problems related to their wind farms. However, Dr. Rachel Connor also states:

Whitelee windfarm extension led to the excavation of over 800,000 cubic metres of peat. Disturbed peat puts more carbon into water.

Scottish Water’s own figures show that THM exceeded the regulatory level between 2010 and 2013 by an average of 28 per cent and a maximum of 68 per cent. But the chlorine and organic matter in the water continues to react over time, so the further away you are from the water source, the worse it could be.

This issue is certainly thought provoking and I think what Dr. Connor is talking about deserves to be investigated. I am somewhat reminded of Craig and Julie Sautner who were the couple featured in Gasland that alleged that their water was contaminated due to fracking only to have the EPA tell them it was not. However, in this case you have someone who took the time to scientifically test their drinking water and the results showed it was contaminated with a cancerous substance after the construction of wind mills.

Wind mills are now getting a reputation of not just killing endangered species and affecting weather patterns but also the sounds from them are affecting people’s health. In the case of Scotland, it is their construction that may affect drinking water. Environmentalists pitched wind power as one of the alternatives to fossil fuels. Now these illnesses and potential health issues are raised and not a peep from them expressing their disappointment if not outrage over the consequences and the greens withdrawing their support. How very convenient that they have advocated for a new energy source that has a side benefit to kill off humans by negatively affecting our health.