A citizen’s group which has led the opposition to industrial wind turbines in Dutton/Dunwich says it’s ready to fight their installation and approval at every turn, despite the fact a proposal for wind turbines in that area has been approved.
“At this point our primary objective is to seek the cancellation of this project and future inappropriate industrial wind turbine developments,” said Jamie Littlejohn a spokesman for Dutton/Dunwich Residents Opposed to Wind Turbines.
Invenergy’s proposal for the Strong Breeze wind farm was approved recently by the provincial government.
The decision was seen as a crushing blow against Dutton/Dunwich where 84% of people who responded in a poll two years ago were against them,
Dutton/Dunwich council was also one of the earliest municipalities in the western region of Elgin county to declare itself an unwilling host to turbines.
DDOWT met last week after the announcement to review the situation and discuss strategy.
As a result, it formed a response based on nine key points.
Littlejohn said DDOWT will be doing everything to see that Invenergy’s proposal was properly presented to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).
“This may be difficult due to the lack of transparency in the process,” Littlejohn said.
The citizens’ group said it also wants to challenge the political decision on Invenergy’s application and “flawed policy that led to this decision.”
DDOWT’s strategy is based not only on countering Invenergy’s plans, but challenging the philosophy behind the province promoting wind turbines as a green energy product based on the environmental, health and economic damage they are inflicting on rural Ontario.
Littlejohn said DDOWT will also investigate what it believes are flaws in the IESO evaluation approach.
It also plans to publicize “the impact of the current energy policy on all Ontario electricity ratepayers.”
Other planks in the DDOWT platform include: campaigning to remove the Liberal government at the next election; fighting the proposed Strong Breeze wind farm project at “every phase of the approval process”; provide support for leaseholders and property owners to rescind agreements if there were any misrepresentations, “undue influence or coercion to seek support for Invenergy; work with Dutton /Dunwich council and represent residents “to respect the will of the community.”
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