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Councillor Wells wants Norfolk to oppose more wind turbines

John Wells wants Norfolk County to reinforce its stand against the spread of industrial wind turbines.
The county twice has asked the province to impose a moratorium on approving wind turbines while health studies take place.
Now the Port Dover councillor will ask county council to tell the province that Norfolk will not support introduction of any more turbines in the county.
Haldimand County approved a similar move last week.
Counties have no power to stop new turbines.
Under the Green Energy Act, the province sets the rules and approves projects whether municipalities like them or not.
But perhaps the county can slow the process, Coun. Wells said in an interview.
Companies seeking provincial approval for projects get higher preference if they have municipal support.
Coun. Wells said county councillors are divided over wind turbines.
He said he would rather err on the side of caution and wait for the results of health studies before approving more turbines.
Mayor Dennis Travale recently sent councillors an appeal from the Town of Tillsonburg supporting more turbines to protect 300 jobs at a turbine factory in the town.
Norfolk councillors were scheduled to vote last night, Feb. 19, whether to discuss Coun. Wells’ motion.
If they voted “yes,” their discussion will likely take place on Feb. 26.
Coun. Wells said his motion will be based on one approved by Haldimand County on Feb. 11.
It read: “Whereas Haldimand County has accepted its fair share of wind turbines through provincial approvals pursuant to the Green Energy Act.
“Now therefore it is the position of Haldimand Council that it will not support the introduction of any further wind turbines within the county and that the province be so advised.”