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Wind action group angered by vandalism

Wind turbine activists are fuming after vandals took target on one of their signs.

Sometime overnight on Nov. 15, vandals spray painted vulgar messages and images on a large sign on Westbrook Road. Vandals painted a male sexual organ and wrote the word “homo” on the sign, which read “West Lincoln is not a Willing Host.”

“Vandalism is a destructive action,” said Greg Masi, a member of the West Lincoln Glanbrook Wind Action Group. “It is the malicious and deliberate defacement or destruction of somebody else’s property. ”

Police are investigating the vandalism as the property owner’s property was also damaged in the incident.

“Local residents are concerned about the provinces lack of peer reviewed scientific research into health effects, environmental degradation and the loss of property value for those in close proximity to the industrial wind turbine sites,” said Masi. “The turbine issue has created division in the community, but now our freedom of expression has ended with an attack on public property.”

The WLGWAG formed in opposition to the first of two industrial wind turbine projects proposed for West Lincoln. The first project is in the final construction stages. Five, 80-metre turbine towers can be seen from Highway 20 in rural West Lincoln. Their blades will not spin until the new year, a company spokesperson previously told The News.

The second project, proposed by Niagara Region Wind Corp., proposes 77, 135-metre wind turbines with 50-metre blades. Forty-four of those turbines will be built in West Lincoln, the remainder in bordering Wainfleet and Haldimand County.

The sign has been repaired and moved to a new property on Westbrook Road.