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West Lincoln Wind action group plans public meeting  

Credit:  Niagara This Week, www.niagarathisweek.com 4 November 2010 ~~

Residents in the community will have an opportunity to learn first hand, just what type of impact industrial wind turbines could potentially have on their neighbours.

The West Lincoln Wind Action Group (WLWAG), which was recently organized by area citizens in response to the IPC Energy proposal to construct five industrial wind turbines in the community, is holding a public information meeting Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. The event will include several speakers who will talk about the impact turbines in their community have had on their lives. While originally planned to take place at Caistor Community Centre, organizers have changed the venue to Caistor Central Elementary School, 1794 Caistor Centre Rd. in West Lincoln.

“We want people to come out and be informed about what is going to take place in West Lincoln,” said Cam Pritchard of the WLWAG. “It is something people don’t even realize the impact it will have on our community.”

Education, said Pritchard, has been integral to the growth of WLWAG. As more residents learn of the project and its scale, the membership has grown to more than 60 people since an August public meeting on the proposal.

“People need to be aware and educated on this,” Pritchard said. “And it’s not just here in West Lincoln. We want to reach out to other communities – it’s happening all over the place.”

The keynote speaker will be Carmen Krogh, a retired pharmacist from Killaloe, Ont., who will present the latest findings from the inaugural Symposium on the Global Wind Industry and Adverse Health Effects. Stephana Johnston, a retired teacher from Port Rowan, Ont., will share her first-hand experience and knowledge of living next to an IPC Energy wind farm consisting of 18 industrial wind turbines, which were powered up Nov. 22, 2008. David Colling, of Ripley, Ont., will speak of his experiences as a dairy farmer, living next to 38 wind turbines that have been operating for nearly three years.

Pritchard encourages the community to attend the meeting. Everyone is welcome, he said. While the municipality and region have no control over the planning and approvals, as the province has the ultimate say because it is a “green energy” project, Pritchard said the community needs to be fully informed and educated on the project, and the potential impacts.

For more information on the WLWAG and its activities, visit www.wlwag.com.

Source:  Niagara This Week, www.niagarathisweek.com 4 November 2010

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