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Response from WCO on court ruling

Wind Concerns Ontario President John Laforet cautioned the Government of Ontario and industrial wind lobby not to celebrate the recent divisional court ruling regarding industrial wind turbines.

“The panel of judges determined it was not up to them to determine the wisdom of the Minister, which is a far cry from determining the Minister’s actions to be wise.” John Laforet said, noting “approximately 8 million voters in 107 ridings around Ontario, including 74 municipalities where motions of moratorium have already been approved by local councils will have the opportunity to rule on the wisdom of the Green Energy Act and Dalton McGuinty’s handling of the energy file on October 6th 2011. We’re confident that if the government doesn’t change its tune on this issue, voters will change the government.”

Wind Concerns Ontario also acknowledged the court did not rule that 550 metres was a safe distance for the installation of industrial wind turbines, something a wide range of international medical experts believes is far too close to be safe for humans. This is an issue of agreement among municipalities in Ontario representing more than two million citizens who’ve passed motions calling for a province wide moratorium until a full health study is completed.

“We stand by our statement: if the government and industry have nothing to hide, why not agree to a fully independent, third party epidemiological health study to determine what is a safe distance from homes. Is it really worth the risk of having industrial wind turbines too close to communities decommissioned once a study is done and proves they causing serious harm to residents?” Laforet added.

Wind Concerns Ontario is a coalition of fifty seven community based organizations in over thirty five counties across Ontario that opposes industrial wind development that harms human health, the environment and damages Ontario’s economy in the process. Combined, Wind Concerns Ontario members have won seventy-four local municipal motions of moratorium, a province-wide moratorium on all offshore wind development. Wind Concerns Ontario continues to call on the province to halt all land based industrial wind development until a human health and science based decision is made on the safety and merits of industrial wind energy.