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LAMBTON COUNTY – Wind opponents from Lambton Shores want Lambton County to study what the economic impact of wind turbines in the community.
Michael Mahood and Marcelle Brooks recently spoke at a public meeting on the county’s Official Plan. They live near the future site of a 158 wind turbine project and are members of the Lambton-Middlesex Wind Concerns.
Brooks says Prince Edward County studied the economic impact of the green energy alternatives on the tourism-based community. It found that the project would generate up to $2 million for farmers who signed leases to host the turbines and municipalities receiving tax revenue. The study also estimated up to $40 million would be lost in annual revenues from local tourism business and through the municipal tax base.
“Lambton County is looking at more than 400 turbines, 250 in Lambton Shores alone,” says Brooks. “How can this not impact on our county?”
She says the Official Plan review is the perfect time to discuss the issue. “The Official Plan covers thins like economic development and tourism,” she says. “Local governments are not very well informed on this issue. We want to educate people…Knowing about these issues after 400 turbines go up is too late.”
Brooks also asked the county to consider asking the province for a moratorium on the development of wind farms until health studies are completed.
They also want the county to make sure wind developers provide fire coverage for the 49 storey turbines.
“We need to begin to ask for securities,” she says. “A lot of these things are in the power to do. Please get on it now.”
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