Mapleton council has endorsed a resolution from North Middlesex declaring that municipality is “not a willing host” for industrial wind turbine (IWT) projects.
The resolution from North Middlesex states, “We are one of many Ontario communities that have had no choice in the matter of whether we are willing and equipped to undertake having these mega projects invade and forever change the rural landscape of our community. Our municipality already has limited financial resources for maintaining our aging infrastructure and how we are being forced into straining these resources even further with having to hire solicitors, engineers and project coordinators, as small municipalities our size do not have the human or economic resources to adequately deal with these highly technical projects in order to ensure our citizens are properly protected now and in the future. These projects are being forced onto communities with no regard on how this will impact these resources and more importantly the health and safety issues that are attributed to these IWTs.”
Municipal councils around the province have been passing similar motions since the first Throne speech by Premier Kathleen Wynne declared municipalities should have a say in the development of energy projects within their borders.
Anti-turbine lobby group, Ontario Wind Resistance lists 50 municipalities that have declared themselves unwilling to host industrial wind turbine projects.
Mapleton council passed a “not a willing host” resolution at its May 28 meeting. Centre Wellington is the only other Wellington County municipality to have passed such a motion. A motion to add Mapleton’s support to the North Middlesex resolution passed unopposed at the regular council meeting on June 11.
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