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Huron-Bruce MPP calls for wind power moratorium

In her third week in the Ontario Legislature, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson, tabled a motion to see a moratorium placed on all further industrial wind development until a third-party health and environmental study has been completed.

“The health and well-being of the people of Ontario should be first priority when developing renewable energy projects,” said Thompson. “The McGuinty Liberals have failed to listen to rural Ontario, and have forged ahead placing industrial wind turbines in communities that are not willing hosts, without knowing the health and environmental implications.”

Earlier this year, the McGuinty Liberals backtracked on their plan to erect hundreds of offshore wind turbines across Ontario, citing health and environmental concerns. However, the Premier failed to extend the same moratorium to wind turbine projects built on land, and they have moved ahead.

Offshore wind turbines projects were scheduled to be built in many Liberal-held ridings, including the previous Minister of Energy’s Scarborough area riding and Huron-Bruce.

“The suggestion that offshore turbines are a problem, and that turbines on land are not is a slap in the face to rural Ontario,” said Thompson. “If the McGuinty Liberals truly believed there were health and environmental concerns with industrial wind turbines, they should extend the moratorium to on land wind projects until a proper health and environmental study can be completed.”

Earlier this week Ontario’s Auditor General confirmed the Progressive Conservative stance that “the McGuinty Liberal’s approach to renewable energy is flawed and has lacked proper oversight.”

“The Auditor General hit the nail on the head,” said Thompson. “These industrial wind farms were constructed in haste, without proper planning, and without the proper science. A third party health and environmental study is crucial to ensuring families living close to industrial wind farms have their health and safety protected.”