NEWS
05/23/2014 08:38 EDT | Updated 07/23/2014 05:59 EDT

Mysterious Windsor Hum's source could be revealed at 10 a.m. ET

Results of a federally funded report on the mysterious Windsor Hum in the southwestern Ontario city will be released this morning.

Essex Conservative MP Jeff Watson will release the findings at a news conference at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor, starting at 10 a.m. ET.

The Windsor Hum began in 2011. Since then, residents in west Windsor and the neighbouring town of LaSalle have been complaining of a mysterious rumble or hum commonly described as an idling truck or locomotive.

In January 2013, Ottawa earmarked $60,000 for two research projects to find the Windsor Hum's origin.

Windsor Coun. Al Maghnieh has been fielding complaints about the noise for years, and has been vocal about getting to the bottom of the phenomenon.

"Two important things need to be established. One is pinpointing the exact source of the Windsor Hum. What it is exactly? Where is it coming from exactly?" Maghnieh said. "Two: We want to know exactly what the solution is to either stop it or reduce it to a point where it's not affecting the quality of life of residents."

Maghnieh is concerned about the health of Windsor residents.

"What impact on health are these frequencies, low-base frequencies, having? Are there damaging properties? Those are the questions we need to know," he said.

In February 2013, Prof. Colin Novak of the University of Windsor, and a group of fellow scientists and researchers from Windsor and London's Western University set up a state-of-the-art, $250,000 recording station in a woodlot in the western part of Windsor. It was a virtual ear, tuned to record the hum 24/7.

Windsor West NDP MP Brian Masse, also the party's border critic, has been calling for the report to be made public for months. He's looking forward to the release Friday.

In 2012, a federal study suggested the hum may originate from the U.S. side of the Detroit River, in the general area of Zug Island, an area of concentrated steel production and manufacturing in River Rouge, Mich.

The mayor of River Rouge said in 2011 that his city doesn't have the funds to investigate further.