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HEAT fight plan for turbines

Huron East Council and the citizen forum, HEAT – the Huron East Against Turbines – are no strangers.

The group has made over 30 presentations to the municipal body in the past two and a half years.

On Tuesday night – activist Gerry Ryan and 60 of his closest friends again packed the Council chambers to demand representatives pass a health, safety and property protection by-law as is allowed under the Municipal Act.

At the end of HEAT’s lengthy presentation, Councillors Larry McGrath and Nathan Marshall put a motion forward requesting that Huron East draft such a by-law for representatives to consider.

Discussion at Council table indicated members don’t want to rely on any generic by-law supplied by the advocacy group.

Gerry Ryan tells us 70 Ontario municipalities are on record as either enacting similar by-laws, or passing motions requesting a moratorium on wind development.

He worries that the province’s existing 11 hundred turbines are about to be joined by six thousand more.

Ryan says HEAT has refined its presentation, and is highlighting work by lawyer Eric Gillespie on the legal consequences of “negligent misrepresentation.”

HEAT is also spurred by turbine developer Nextera’s recent statements on accessing Hydro One’s Seaforth transformer station as a point-of-entry for electricity produced at its planned wind farm in Bluewater.

The group is demanding a second Open House for the St. Columban project, as the proposal has changed greatly from when it was first outlined.

Huron East Council also supports the holding of a second Open House.

In a meeting dominated by wind turbine discussion, Council received a verbal report from Rob Tetu, the delegated representative for Huron East on the Inter-Municipal Wind Turbine Working Group which meets monthly in Chesley.

And members were advised of a planned Nextera public meeting, December 7th at the Seaforth Arena.