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Cottagers’ Association finds majority don’t support wind power  

Credit:  By TROY PATTERSON, QMI AGENCY, www.owensoundsuntimes.com 26 October 2010 ~~

The Bruce Beach Cottagers’ Association is hoping a recent survey will help dispute statistics used by wind developers and the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), which argue wind energy is widely accepted and welcome.

89% of 251 residents surveyed oppose wind power near Hwy. 21.

“We wanted to find out, do we represent the majority?” said BBCA president David Tiernan, a third-generation cottager from Northville, Mi. “I now know which way to represent them.”

Tiernan said the survey was sparked by public meetings held by International Power for the proposed Huron-Kinloss Bluewater Wind Project, along with the news of potential offshore wind development and a series of CanWEA advertisements that use conflicting statistics to promote wind energy, he said.

The survey, conducted via e-mail and mail this summer by Ontario’s Erin Research, received responses from 251 residents from 183 cottages.

Tiernan said his first mandate as newly-elected president was to gather members’ opinions about wind power.

The survey also indicated:

* 8% of respondents were in support of wind power.

* 77% believe turbine fields will harm wildlife.

* 84% oppose offshore wind development.

* 88% believe offshore turbines will decrease property values.

* 74% think wind power is not an economically viable source of energy.

* 93% believe the BBCA should ally itself with other cottagers’ associations.

* 91% think the BBCA should work with Huron-Kinloss council regarding wind turbines.

Tiernan said the BBCA hopes to do surveys in the future about beach conditions and invasive species.

He said they’ve tried door-to-door surveys in the past, but they couldn’t get the consistency or reach the percentage of seasonal and full-time residents needed to make a viable survey. They also wanted to ensure it was sound if it’s challenged by politicians or wind organizations.

Tiernan said he has shared the results with Huron-Kinloss Mayor Mitch Twolan and plans to present the findings at a Nov. 8 council meeting.

[rest of article available at source]

Source:  By TROY PATTERSON, QMI AGENCY, www.owensoundsuntimes.com 26 October 2010

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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