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Resolution to restore local authority and for risk assessment or industrial wind turbines

Date: October 4, 2010
To: Ontario Municipalities
Re: West Lincoln Wind Action Group’s Concerns Regarding Industrial Wind Turbine Development

The following motion was enacted by the Council of the Township of West Lincoln on October 4, 2010.

Moved by Alderman Sue-Ellen Merritt and seconded by Mayor Katie Trombetta:

WHEREAS the Ontario Green Energy and Green Energy Act removed from the Municipality any planning authority over renewable energy projects within their jurisdiction; and

WHEREAS significant public concern and opposition to Industrial Wind Turbines has been expressed across the Province, together with seventy Municipal Councils now passing resolutions for a wind turbine moratorium on Industrial Wind Turbine development;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Premier of Ontario be requested to restore local planning approval authority, immediately, to local governments regarding decisions on Industrial Wind Turbines; and

FURTHER THAT a moratorium be placed on the establishment of any new Industrial Wind Turbine developments in Ontario until a comprehensive, independent, and peer-reviewed scientific study can confirm that industrial wind energy projects do not pose a risk to the community, the health of its citizens, property values and the rural environment; and

THAT this resolution be forwarded with a request for action to: the Premier’s Office, the Ontario Ministries of Health, Environment and Energy: Niagara Region’s MPPs; and MPs: the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO); Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM); Niagara Regional Council; Niagara Regional Medical Officer of Health and all Niagara area municipalities; and

THAT this resolution be and is hereby approved prior to ratification by Council.

Carried.

Yours truly,
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Derrick Thomson
CAO