A group of Cochrane Heights residents continues to be very vocal with local media outlets about their fervent opposition to the proposed 60-foot high wind turbine that the Cochrane High Sustainable Development Committee has applied to install on the west side of the school this fall.
Concerned citizens and area stakeholders, Brenda Samborski and Dimitry Scholte, appeared in a CTV newscast July 20, reiterating their concerns about the proposed wind turbine and their frustration with what they say has been a lack of transparency and willingness to compromise by supporters of the turbine at Cochrane High.
“Nothing has really changed from our perspective,” said Samborski. “Just that we have needed to go through the media because the school doesn’t want to listen to us.”
The group’s concerns include the visual obstruction the construct would cause, the lack of evidence about the impact of wind turbines on human and animal health when placed in residential areas that Health Canada now admits to and low-frequency noise.
Health Canada announced last week that they will commence a study on the effects of wind turbine noise on people who live in close proximity to them.
Samborski said that she wants the community to understand that she and her fellow group members are all for green energy solutions and would support the project – should it be moved to a more rural location.
The group is holding a public information consult on July 26, meeting on the sidewalk in front of Cochrane High School at 7:30 p.m.
“We’re going to be giving out information about the petition and why we haven’t been coming around with it (because a petition can only be enacted after a decision has been made by the Cochrane Planning Committee, or CPC), information about the permit application process and the role of the CPC and we are encouraging people to voice their concerns with local media,” explained Samborski.
Jared Kassel, manager of development services for the Town of Cochrane said the CPC should reach a decision by mid-August; should the permit be approved, those who oppose it will have a period around two weeks to appeal the decision; learn more at cochrane.ca.
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