The fight to cancel a proposed wind turbine project in the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich picked up some extra support after a stop into the office of Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek by representatives of the group, Dutton Dunwich Opponents of Wind Turbines (DDOWT) on Nov. 25.
While there, they presented Yurek with more than 1,800 petitions and letters from both residents from the community, as well as supporters from across the province, urging the provincial government to cancel the Strong Breeze wind project approved earlier this year.
The petition asking for the cancellation was launched by DDOWT in light of a decision by the government to suspend the Large Renewable Procurement (LRP)-2 process in late September.
The Strong Breeze wind project however was approved in April under provisions of the LRP-1 procurement process. That came despite the objections of the municipality, which had declared itself an unwilling host to the development after a survey showed 84 percent of its residents were opposed to industrial wind turbines in the community.
“The municipality and the people are against this project coming forward, and they need their autonomy – we don’t need the energy and they need to stop,” said Yurek after accepting the petition.
Yurek remarked almost everyone he talks with has something to say about the price of electricity. “They are all concerned about energy rates and the wind projects play a big role in our skyrocketing energy (costs). There is a lot of people outside of Dutton Dunwich in Elgin County that would like to see this project scrapped.”
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