Opponents of Horizon Wind Inc.’s plan to build turbines on the Nor’Wester mountain range are bringing in a heavy hitter on Monday in an attempt to stall council’s decision on settling a $126-million lawsuit with the southern Ontario company.
Anna Marchese, a spokesperson with the Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpement Protection Committee said they intend to present John Laforet, president of Wind Concerns Ontario, to council to ask for the delay in order for them to fully understand the impact of the agreement.
“The message to wind developers can’t be as simple as, “Just sue and we’ll roll over and play dead for you,” Laforet said in a release issued late Sunday.
“Wind Concerns Ontario is gravely concerned about the precedent of the terms of settlement would set for the future of wind development in Thunder Bay and around Ontario. The public portion of this draft deal would deliver a significant blow to the property rights of wind project participants, citizen involvement in the decision-making process and the few rights municipalities have left in making these decisions.”
Laforet is hoping to meet informally with councillors before the vote, and will be holding a news conference at 5:45 p.m. at city hall.
He was also in Thunder Bay last December, part of a province-wide tour.
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