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Offshore turbines face new limits  

Credit:  By Jonathan Sher, The London Free Press, www.lfpress.com 19 August 2010 ~~

Ontario’s Natural Resources ministry is considering constraints on offshore wind farms but its not clear if the limits will appease a tidal wave of protest from those who live along Lake Huron.

The ministry this week published a draft policy that could place constraints on where turbines could be placed, including:

* Navigational lanes

* Areas of core commercial fishing activity

* Sensitive environmental and ecological areas and features

* Areas subject to important recreational activities

* Cultural heritage features

* Areas of natural gas activity

* Areas of inland lakes not subject to the proposed five kilometre exclusion zone

* Other inland waterbodies (eg Lake Simcoe, Lake Nipissing, Lake Nipigon, Lake of the Woods, etc)

Citizens will have until Oct. 4 to provide feedback and suggestions by phoning (705) 755-1499.

Three companies whose identities the Ministry hasn’t disclosed have applied to build 12 wind farms in Lake Ontario, one as close as 50 metre, the hoped-for development and uncertainty fueling anger among cottagers and residents who fear turbines will ruin their lakeside views and the tourism that is a cornerstone to beach side communities.

Ontario’s environment ministry has proposed creating a five kilometre buffer along the shoreline.

Source:  By Jonathan Sher, The London Free Press, www.lfpress.com 19 August 2010

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