Letters: Noise affects everything

Sonic booms shake the house and rattle the windows in Shirley

Hi, my husband and I live in Shirley, about an hour west of Victoria, near French Beach Provincial Park.

From time to time, sometimes once/week, we experience what can only be described as sonic booms, which shake the house and rattle the windows, a scary thing in an active earthquake zone. We have heard the source is the U.S. military on Whidbey Island.

In trying to get information about this, I found the article I’ve copied below, and I apoligize for the length.

I am sending this article to you, because of all the articles and documents I’ve found, this is the most comprehensive IMO.

I hope you will look into this, because I suspect and wonder if any effects we will experience on the Canadian side will violate treaties, agreements, and laws which are supposed to protect Canadians from foreign militaries, in this instance, the US Navy.

Are we protected from the noise, the electromagnetic frequencies, and other effects of these war games on the other side of the Juan de Fuca Strait?

And not only people, salmon, orcas, otters, sea lions, halibut, birds will all be effected as well; not to mention tourism and surfing.

With the hamlet of Jordan River being threatened by BC Hydro, who thus far refuses to upgrade their nearby dam, what else are the inhabitants of southern Vancouver Island going to be subjected to?

I hope you will look into this.  Thank you for your time.

Helene Harrison

Shirley