Citizens of Orangeville expressed a collective sigh of relief after reading that the Stony Creek Wind Farm has been put on hold while Invenergy waits for more government subsidies from the Obama administration. Despite years of federal support, most forms of “clean energy” such as wind are still dependent on subsidies for survival, and some of the subsidies are set to soon be phased out.
Republican staff director McKie Campbell of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee recently stated, “It’s clearly against our national interest to engage in long-term subsidies where the moment you pull the subsidy, the business fails.”
Clear Skies Over Orangeville members as well as thousands of anti-industrial wind activists are carefully watching a legal challenge in neighboring Ontario, Canada. Twenty landowners have become participants in two separate collective actions opposing an industrial wind project. The claims are for alleged property devaluation and loss of use and enjoyment of the plaintiffs’ lands. The landowners near the proposed wind turbine development are clearly upset that 430- foot turbines are to be sited close to their property. The total value of the claims now exceeds $17 million. The claims are based on established legal principals and there appears to be precedent for these claims.
The case is being watched carefully since it was disclosed that 40 properties in the Town of Orangeville fall within the 885-foot setback recommended by General Electric for safety concerns.
Cathi Orr President and founder
Clear Skies Over Orangeville
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