As opposition continues to grow across Ontario, another community group has been formed locally with a view toward barring further industrial wind turbines in the province pending further studies of their impact.
On last Wednesday night, 109 people came out to learn more about three giant wind turbines being proposed for Amaranth Township.
The meeting was led by David White, a member of the community and an experienced manager in the electrical engineering field who has become increasingly involved in the past two years, in groups forming across the province to oppose the government’s pursuit of erecting as many of the wind energy projects as possible without the benefit of an informed thirdparty study and in face of mounting concern over the negative health impacts the wind turbines may have on people’s health and that of their pets, farm animals, wildlife, as well as the steep declines in nearby property values.
Mr. White discussed the Whittington Wind Project in particular and covered wind turbine facts, figures and concerns as well as a list of health issues that have arisen. The wind turbines proposed for the development are 2.05 megawatt turbines that stand 100 metres [379 feet] at the hub plus blades 45 metres [149 feet] long, for a total of 479 feet with a blade at full vertical.
He said these turbines would dwarf large high tension towers, and the blade tips can travel as fast as 260 km/h [160 m.p.h], and would have a massive impact on their immediate environment. He suggested area residents visit www.wcorhe.org for details about the health and environmental impacts.
He was followed by lawyer Rob Filkin, who laid out the legal options for the group and suggested that the best options for the immediate future were to support with donations the Ian Hanna lawsuit and to work at the local level to delay and halt this development. For more information on that lawsuit visit: http:// windconcernsontario.files. wordpress.com/2010/05/ia n_hanna_lawsuit-_donation_ form1.pdf
Almost all those in attendance signed up and paid $25 in membership dues. The monies collected will be used for signs, mailings, and publicity and to contribute to the Ian Hanna lawsuit.
The Prince Edward County farmer is taking the Ontario government to court over its plans to boost wind farm development across the province.
The government has proposed building a wind farm containing five turbines within 900 metres of the Hanna home on Big Island in the Bay of Quinte, just south of Belleville.
He contends his community of about 100 homes will be overwhelmed by the turbines.
In his court action, an application for judicial review, he is asking the court to halt the building of wind turbines until independent studies rule out concerns about their effects on people’s health.
The legal action could slow down millions of dollars in wind projects under the government’s Green Energy plan.
Members of Wind Concerns Ontario, a coalition of 51 community groups that have sprung up across Ontario are joining his fight against the rush to develop wind farms.
Locally, the Whittington Coalition was spearheaded last month by Betsy and Jim Collin, who are in the process of expanding their 300-acre spinach plantation to 500 acres on both sides of the Mono-Amaranth town line at 15 Sideroad.
The existing 300 acres under cultivation, along with the B.J. Collin Limited warehouse and the new $1- million Collin home, is directly across the town line from the proposed WPDCanada Corp.’s 6.9 megawatt wind farm.
CanWEA says the small-scale industry has grown by 55 per cent in the past year. In the meantime, however, there are wind generating projects totalling 754-MW at various stages of development across Canada. By the end of 2011, wind-energy capacity is expected to reach four gigawatts.
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