More than 100 opponents of a proposed indsutrial wind farm in West Lincoln protested outside the company’s public meeting last Thursday.
Upset the farm by the Niagara Region Wind Corp. will devalue properties, be noisy and create health problems, they milled around the front door of the Smithville Christian High School where the firm was presenting its new draft site map for 77 turbines in West Lincoln, Haldimand County and Wainfleet.
More than 100 people took part in the protest, many holding signs with such sentiments as “Gagged and abandoned under McGuinty’s Green Act” and “Stop the Wind Turbines.”
The protest was staged by the West Lincoln Glanbrook Wind Action Group, which formed in opposition to a smaller project proposed by IPC Energy. The group used weather balloons to show a visual impact of just how tall the proposed turbines will be. This is the second time the group has staged what they call a “Look Up, Wake Up” campaign floating the balloons to the 572-foot height of the proposed turbines.
NRWC spokesperson Randi Rahamin estimated about 500 people came to the open house and, while she admitted they heard from opponents, she said they also heard from people who “support wind energy, renewable energy and that it is the way of the future.”
— The Hamilton Spectator
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