MABOU – A non-profit society will be presenting a film documentary that examines conflicts over industrial wind turbines in rural New York state.
The Eco Awareness Society will present the Maritimes debut of Laura Israel’s “Windfall,” a feature-length film that documents how 40 wind turbines in the farm town of Meredith, N.Y., divides residents as they fight over the future of their community.
The film will be presented at Strathspey Place in Mabou on Tuesday at 7 p.m., at no cost. A question-and-answer session with the producer via Skype will follow the film.
The society promotes awareness and understanding of ecological and energy principles through scientific evidence, and formed in 2007 to make available evidence and information on industrial wind power projects that it says wind industry proponents and the provincial government will not provide.
“Our goal is to protect the unique nature and culture of Nova Scotia and preserve it for future generations,” spokesperson Susan Overmyer said in a press release. “We are delighted to be able to bring this amazing documentary to Cape Breton.”
Attracted first to the financial incentives that would seemingly boost their dying economy, according to the film, a group of Meredith townspeople grow increasingly alarmed as they discover the impacts that the 400-foot high windmills could bring to the community.
Overmyer said given the recent proposal to construct a large wind project near the Cabot Trail, as well as the proposed project for the Mabou Highlands, this film will be a preview of what may be coming to Cape Breton.
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