Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones says Premier Dalton McGuintyâ€™s shelving of offshore wind turbine projects is another example of the Liberal governmentâ€™s poorly planned energy experiments.
The Liberals announced they are backtracking on a plan to erect hundreds of offshore wind turbines, citing health and environmental concerns. However, the Premier failed to extend the same moratorium to wind projects on land.
â€śThe suggestion that offshore turbines are a problem, and turbines on land are not, is a slap in the face to rural Ontario,â€ť Ms. Jones said in a press release. â€śIf the McGuinty Liberals truly believe there are health and environmental concerns with wind turbines, they would place a moratorium on all wind projects until a proper health and environmental study can be completed.â€ť
The setbacks established for offshore wind turbines is five kilometres, but on land turbines are required to have a setback of only 550 metres from a residential dwelling. Host landowners can also opt to be closer than the 550 metre setback.
Last year the Progressive Conservative Party called for a moratorium on all wind projects until a comprehensive health study could be completed. The Liberals voted unanimously against this motion.
Groups from across Ontario have been writing the Ministers of Energy, Environment and Health asking for a review of the health and environmental impacts of wind turbines for onshore projects. The Ministries have previously denied that there was any health or environmental implications to wind turbines.
â€śOntarians living in close proximity to wind turbine projects on land deserve the same consideration as the wind projects slated for offshore,â€ť said Ms. Jones. â€śIf the Minister of the Environment now deems there are health and environmental risks with wind turbines offshore with a five-kilometre setback, then rural Ontario families living much closer to wind turbines deserve the same consideration.â€ť
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