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Arran-Elderslie council backs OFA moratorium on wind turbine construction

Arran-Elderslie council is backing an Ontario Federation of Agriculture request for a moratorium on construction of industrial wind turbines in the province.

The OFA, which has about 37,000 members, on Friday called for the suspension of wind turbine construction across the province until concerns such as possible health effects, setbacks, property devaluation and destruction of wildlife habitats are properly studied and addressed.

Mark Davis, Arran-Elderslie’s deputy-mayor and an outspoken critic of wind turbines, suggested that if the moratorium is not put in place before the joint conventions of the Rural Ontario Municipalities Association and the Ontario Good Roads Association in Toronto in late February “that all municipal officials in attendance at the conference representing municipalities in opposition to the autocratic and dictatorial processes utilized by the government in establishing the Green Energy Act leave the room immediately when the premier or his designate addresses the conference.”

“We have to somehow get the attention of city people. We have to demonstrate our frustration, anger and disappointment. They have to understand what a serious problem this is,” Davis said.

Arran-Elderslie “has been a leader in the municipal fight against turbines, but the fight is not over. The pressure (to erect turbines) could increase,” Davis told council Monday, “and we owe it to our ratepayers to stand firm against them.”

Council unanimously supported a resolution Monday showing support for the OFA moratorium and calling on other municipalities in the province “who share these concerns regarding the damaging and devastating repercussions within our communities” to support the call for a one-year moratorium on turbine construction “with yearly extensions as required . . . until the concerns are properly studied and addressed.”