The group West Elgin Residents Opposing Wind Turbines made their position clear to West Elgin council last week, reminding them they remain opposed to wind farms.
The update on their activities, presented by the group’s vice-chairman Mac Ford, was a reminder to council of the long list of reasons why they don’t want the turbines in West Elgin.
It was in September 2013 when the municipality and residents confirmed they were opposed to industrial wind turbines.
Residents formed a group opposing them and the municipality passed a resolution declaring itself a non-willing host to turbines.
Ford said economically, wind turbines are arriving at a time when there is a surplus of electricity in Ontario. Add to that wind turbines are regarded as inefficient when it comes to generating power.
“We cannot afford this wind experiment,” Ford said. “About 80% of wind power is surplus.”
Ford noted every wind turbine takes up approximately three acres of land.
Turbines are considered not friendly to the environment, Ford said. They contribute to the death of bats and birds and in West Elgin, could be a hazard to the bald eagle population.
Ford added he dreaded the thought of turbines around his home where bald eagles have now re-established themselves.
Wind turbines in West Elgin are not seen as an incentive for those wanting to move into the future Seaside housing development at Port Glasgow, Ford pointed out.
Coun. Richard Leatham joined Dep. Mayor Mary Bodnar in re-affirming their opposition to wind turbines in West Elgin.
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