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Final wind farm arguments  

Enbridge will get to make its final push to the Ontario Municipal Board.

The company’s representative, Jane Pepino, is using today’s session to re-enforce the evidence and testimony presented by the proponents of the 500 million-dollar project.

Four appellants each made their final statement yesterday to Adjudicator J.P. Atcheson

Peggy Hutchison, representing appellant Kathy McCarrel and 24 others, was the first to make their closing statements.

McCarrell, a spokesperson for Windfarm Action Group, says their side has been arguing for the last seven weeks that the wind project will cause undo harm to the residents living nearby.

She says Enbridge has not satisfied their request to address setback, noise, shadow flicker, and ice throw issues.

She says witnesses who live near other wind farms were brought in to present their experiences of hardship to the Board.

However, McCarrell says that doesn’t mean Enbridge would be forced to scrap the entire 110-turbine project.

She suggested Enbridge can buy or lease adjacent properties and that could relieve some of the issues.

She says the problem here is the placements of the wind turbines are within a short distance of properties that are not associated with the project.

McCarrell says their noise expert, John Coulter, suggested that if Enbridge reduce the Province’s standard from 40 decibels to 35, that could solve some of the noise problems.

The Municipality of Kincardine will also be presenting their final statement today and the appellants will be responding to all of the proponents’ comments tomorrow.

by Ken Hashizume

Bayshore Broadcasting

12 June 2007

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