The new Ontario NDP candidate in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex says he wants to see study completed before the Otter Creek Wind Farm project gets shovels in the ground.
“Until there has been a proper environmental assessment done at this site that considers the valid concerns of this community, namely the potential effect of pile driving on nearby residential wells – the Otter Creek Wind Farm should be put on hold,” said Todd Case in a written statement.
“I understand that the Otter Creek project relies on the same consultant’s analysis that was used to predict the environmental impact of Samsung’s North Kent One project. After disruptive pile driving construction began at the North Kent site, residents began complaining about black well water. Wallaceburg residents have reasonable grounds to fear that the same thing will happen there.”
Case also points his finger at the Liberal government.
“The Wynne Liberals have created a privatized, for profit system of green energy in Ontario that has allowed private energy developers to pit community against community and neighbor against neighbor,” Case stated.
“And the Conservatives are no better – they won’t tell you their plan because they have always stood for cuts and privatization.”
Case added that Ontario needs a party that will make green energy work for the public interest, not private profits.
“We need a party that will tackle climate change and work with local communities to make sure the next generation has a healthier place to call home,” he stated.
“That party is the NDP – it’s one of the reasons I’m running in 2018 and one of the reasons I think an NDP government with Andrea Horwath at the helm is the best choice for what comes next in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex and across Ontario.”
The Otter Creek Wind Farm project will be the topic when the Wallaceburg Area Wind Concerns group holds a public meeting on Thursday night.
It will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the UAW Hall in Wallaceburg.
Three guest speakers are lined up for their meeting:
– Keith Benn, P. Geo, is set to present ‘Climate Evolution is Normal’ and ‘Never Believe a Model when it Contradicts Facts.’
– Warren Howard, Wind Concerns Ontario executive, is set to present ‘Wind Turbines 101’ and share his experiences dealing with communities, the Ministry of Environment, noise and health concerns.
– Monte McNaughton, MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, is set to discuss the topic and outline his community support.
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