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Company pulls wind turbine project near temple development  

Credit:  Kawartha Lakes This Week | March 6, 2014 | www.mykawartha.com ~~

(KAWARTHA LAKES) Stoneboat Community Wind Farm LP has withdrawn its proposal to engage in a renewable energy project, reducing the number of proposed wind turbine projects in the Bethany and Pontypool areas to four.

The company posted the notice of project cancellation on its site Wednesday (March 5), adding all further project development work has been cancelled. The facility was proposed to be built on privately-owned agricultural land.

Like other wind turbine projects, Stoneboat has faced opposition by those wishing to see more investigation into the health concerns associated with the structures.

An added concern was raised by those involved with the development of the Cham Shan Temple that has been in the planning stage for two decades. Built using ancient techniques, the facility would serve as a bridge between Canada and China, the four sites mimicking the four great Buddhist temples of China; one in Cavan-Monaghan Township and the remaining three in Manvers Township.

Construction of all four could easily represent an investment of $100 million, with the great tourism potential as the Temple offers a place for those seeking a tranquil place to meditate. Opponents noted wind turbines would have a significant impact on that, especially since most of the money is donated.

Former local MPP and area resident, Rick Johnson said he is “pleased that the process is working.”

“People have to respect the process, whether it works to their benefit or not,” said Mr. Johnson. “This [news] is proof that it works.”

Currently, there are three other wind energy farms planned in Manvers Township; Sumac Ridge, Snowy Ridge and Settlers Landing. Only Sumac Ridge has received approval so far. The farms are operated by different developers and each has five turbines.

– with files from Mary Riley

Source:  Kawartha Lakes This Week | March 6, 2014 | www.mykawartha.com

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