09/20/2012 04:12 EDT | Updated 11/20/2012 05:12 EST

Federal Tories treat wind different than oilsands: developer

OTTAWA - A wind power developer says the federal government is treating his industry differently than it treats other energy sources such as the oilsands.

Last summer, Health Minister Leona Aglukaak announced a $1.8-million study on the health effects of wind turbines.

John Andrews of wind developer IPC Energy in Ontario asked if the department was doing a similar study involving the oilsands, he was told the oilsands come under provincial jurisdiction.

Andrews points out wind power is also regulated entirely by the provinces.

Wind power is highly controversial in Ontario.

Provincial Conservatives have called strongly for a moratorium on any further development.