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Concerned Cochranites talk wind turbine

Concerned Cochrane Heights residents have been voicing their concerns over a proposed wind turbine that the Cochrane High School’s (CHS) Sustainable Development Committee has proposed to put up on school property in recent weeks, both through local Cochrane media and even on a CTV Calgary newscast.

On July 26, the group of concerned residents continued to share the reasons behind their fervent opposition to curious neighbours and passerbys, as they gathered on the sidewalk across from CHS that evening, handing out information, gathering names of others opposed to the proposed wind turbine and listening to questions and comments expressed by their fellow neighbours.

“I think it went really well,” said Brenda Samborski, a concerned Cochrane Heights resident who is committed to keeping the wind turbine out of her neighbourhood.

“I was really hoping that the school would do something like this, but unfortunately, they’re still not working with us on this.”

Samborski asserted that in no way do she and her fellow anti-turbine neighbours wish to make this incident reflect poorly on the school or on the idea behind promoting students to think in terms of green energy – only that they feel there are such concerns as noise, health and safety and having a 60-foot-high structure as the centerpiece out their living room windows clearly suggest such a wind turbine should be moved to a more rural location.

She also said they would support an alternative green energy project right on school grounds, such as more solar panels or a much smaller wind turbine.

“We want to be as respectful as we can,” said Samborski, adding that she is encouraging curious and concerned folk alike to get in touch with her for information and updates at nowindturbine@gmail.com.

The Cochrane Planning Commission (CPC) are estimated to make their decision on the development permit by mid-August. At that point, the group of concerned Cochrane Heights residents can choose to launch a petition, should the permit go through.

Learn more about the CPC at cochrane.ca.