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Samsung-Pattern to challenge Kincardine wind power policies

A call has been made to the public to show support for Municipality of Kincardine’s Wind Generation System Development Policy, which will be challenged by Samsung-Pattern at this week’s council meeting.

Karen Breitbach of Central Bruce-Grey Wind Concerns issued a media release Friday, urging the public to attend the Dec. 7 council meeting at the Municipal Administration Centre at 5 p.m.

Breitbach said leaseholders within the project have been invited to a party, but have excluded other community members of the community that expressed interest in the project.

“Their willingness to engage all community members expressing interest in their project appears to be limited to an exclusive selection of landowners,” she said.

The group has said Samsung will challenge the “various safeguards” put in place by council, as well as guidelines for developers to offer certain protections to the community. She said the exclusion of non-optioned landowners at this party sends a message that those without turbines are “not deserving of their consideration.”

“This is not reaching out to the community and is clear indication of further attempts to divide our rural communities,” said Breitbach.

“It is a clear indication that transparency and openness to engage the community as a whole has not been the intent nor will it be the actions of Industrial Wind Developers.”

Wind Concerns is supporting council, as it its charged under the Municipal Act to “protect the safety and welfare of its citizens.”

A large number of residents within and surrounding the hamlet of Armow have expressed their opposition of the Samsung-Pattern Armow Wind Project, out of fear for the potential health effects, impact on property values for non-optioned land and the general enjoyment of their properties.

“This has become more evident and necessary than ever in view of the many health problem experienced by people living too close to Industrial Wind Turbines,” said Breitbach. “Let your attendance speak loud and clear in support of all concerned residents and of past victims whose health has been affected by these projects.”