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Still seeking answers

The Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee will oppose Horizon Wind’s application to the Ministry of Environment to build industrial wind turbines on the mountain range. The latest comment by Horizon’s spokesperson shows the blatant disregard for the concerns of citizens of Thunder Bay, Municipality of Neebing and Fort William First Nation (Another Step Taken in Wind Farm Bid – CJ, Sept. 7).

The NMEPC has seen no evidence of responsible consultation by this company since it sued the City of Thunder Bay over serious concerns expressed by citizens across the community and city council. Horizon continues to misinform our community including that their development would not affect the sugar maple forest when in fact the main transformer station would be in the very heart of this unique forest.

The developer has never informed the community of the true number of towers or size of their project. Horizon is in fact planning as many as 40 towers that are even larger than originally presented at their open houses.

Despite Horizon’s claim of “continuing consultation,” they have not held any consultation with area residents or, as far as we know, with FWFN, since settling their lawsuit over a year ago. Instead, Horizon continues to refuse to provide requested information and has forced the NMEPC to apply for access to documentation under the Freedom of Information Act.

We believe the growing opposition by communities and local provincial representatives (MPPs Bill Mauro and Michael Gravelle) regarding the inappropriate location of the proposed wind project will ensure the application is denied by the Ministry of Environment.

John Beals

President, Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee

Thunder Bay