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As the Liberal Leader Candidates tour Middlesex and Lambton, the Middlesex Lambton Wind Action Group aren’t far behind. The local group were able to talk with Liberal Candidate Kathleen Wynne in Strathroy Saturday about the issue with wind turbines, but WAG Member Muriel Allingham wasn’t very convinced with what she had to say.
She added no matter who’s elected this weekend, they will be hearing from the Middlesex Lambton Wind Action Group. Allingham says they have to be involved because they have to continue moving forward with this issue and we need to get a moratorium on further wind development until it is proven to be completely safe. (Listen here)
Strathroy Age Dispatch
Liberal leadership hopeful Sandra Pupatello made a whistle-stop visit to Strathroy on Friday, Jan. 4. Pupatello made a brief appearance at Duke on the Sydenham restaurant to discuss her platform and meet with local Liberal supporters. As a former cabinet minister with portfolios including social and community services, education, and economic development and trade, Pupatello feels well qualified to be the leader of the Liberals and Ontario’s next premier.
Pupatello says her number one priority is job creation. “We need to get our province firing on all cylinders,” says Pupatello. “Bringing a greater number of jobs and investment to our province would see every sector flourish.”
Before she had an opportunity to speak with local Liberal supports, several members of the Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group approached Pupatello. They wanted to know her views on the current wind turbine projects in this region. Pupatello indicated that, moving forward, there needs to be a more balanced appeal process. However, she didn’t comment on the current projects. “I really believe we need a third-party process when it comes to the appeals process,” said Pupatello. “I can understand your frustration when it’s the government running the appeals.” Read article
The Middlesex Lambton Wind Action Group decided to pay Liberal Leader candidate Sandra Pupatello a visit last Friday when she was in the area. WAG Member Muriel Allingham says they were there to let Pupatello know that they don’t want wind turbines in our community and would like the Green Energy Act repealed until the health issues are definitively taken care of. Allingham was happy with how it went. Read article
March 13th, 2012 . Blackburn News
Tim Hudak’s energy critic says the Green Energy Act is pitting neighbour against neighbour.
Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli spoke at a town hall meeting in Strathroy last night, where he says at least 250 people shared their thoughts for and against wind farms. “The health concerns came up. We have issues where it pits friend against friend, farmer against farmer, family against family, in terms of ‘I need the cash from the wind turbine’ versus ‘don’t put that next to me.’”
Fedeli says at tonight’s town hall in Blenheim, he’ll talk about how soaring energy costs caused by the Green Energy Act are behind the province’s high unemployment rate.
The meeting gets underway at 7 pm at Deer Run Golf Course.
Story by Dave Richie, Blackburn News.
Wind Turbine Town Hall
The focus and the message was as strong as wind blowing on a wind turbine, but last night at Amy’s Restaurant a jammed packed crowd of well over 200 filed in to listen and have their opinions heard on the issue of wind turbine and solar power. It was a town hall meeting hosted by Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton and the message was clear. To listen to constituents and take the message forward.
A wide variety of speakers addressed the crowd including farm residents, to wind action group members to people concerned that their health problems had to do with these turbines. The dignitary head table was comprised of McNaughton, PC Energy Critic and Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli, Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson, and Chatham-Kent MPP Rick Nicholls
Healthy discussion at this week’s Strathroy-Caradoc Council about an issue that this municipality really doesn’t have much say in. Council decided to support neighboring Adelaide-Metcalfe and a motion to support a moratorium for a proposed Wind Farm Project. Council was split on the decision voting to a 3-3 tie and broken by Deputy Mayor Brad Richards who was the acting Mayor Monday. Richards is in favor of it simply with a neighbor helping a neighbor train of thought.
While half of council supported this motion based on concerns over a wind farm project, the other half of council believed keeping this issue within the Provincial Government and how things are currently moving forward was sufficient enough for their liking at this particular time.
Watch council meeting here, about 7 minutes in: Feb 21 Council Meeting
The decision to add wind farms should rest in the hands of the municipality, not the province. That’s what Tory Opposition leader for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex Monte McNaughton told myFM during a visit to Strathroy Friday. McNaughton says currently because of the Green Energy Act even though local councils would like to oppose wind turbine development in their communities, they aren’t able to.
Many in local rural communities such as Adelaide-Metcalfe and nearby Chatham-Kent have been attempting to reverse decisions set by the Ontario government for wind farms in their backyards.
December 21st, 2010
WATFORD — A proposed four-turbine wind farm could be generating electricity near here by the fall of 2011.
A second and final public meeting for the Zephyr Farms project is scheduled for Feb. 17, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Brooke-Alvinston-Inwood Community Centre’s Upper Hall in Alvinston.
It follows an initial public meeting held in the summer for the 10-MW project, proposed for a site bounded by Old Walnut and Ebenezer road, just south of Churchill Line.
If provincial approvals are in place, construction could begin in the summer and the turbines could be operating by the fall, according to Brent Hall of Mississauga-based Green Breeze Energy Inc.
Members of the public can view copies of the proposal at the township office in Alvinston, or online at www.oneworldenergy.com , Hall said.
“If people want to read them and make comments, we welcome the questions.”
Hall added the project has been designed to be as “noninvasive as possible.”
The proposal calls for the turbines to be decommissioned and removed in the fall of 2036.
“I would say the community is split about 50-50, those that think it’s a good idea and those who think there’s a problem with them,” Brooke-Alvinston Township Mayor Don McGugan said about community reaction.
“I still maintain, I don’t have a problem with them if they can prove to me . . . there’s not a health issue.” Read the rest of this entry
Thu, 07 Oct 2010 7:06:20 EDT
It’s the pool in Strathroy-Caradoc but the touchy subject of wind turbines in Adelaide-Metcalfe has some constituents running for municipal office this year avoiding the topic. Esther Wrightman of the Wind Action Group based out of Kerwood says only six of nine candidates decided to answer a questionnaire put out by the group. Wrightman says she wasn’t concerned whether or not the candidates were in favor of wind turbines in Adelaide-Metcalfe but more that they would show transparency and look to represent the community.
Of the candidates that did respond, Wrightman says all supported health and real estate studies prior to wind projects being pushed forward.
Here’s a bizarre contradiction by Adelaide-Metcalfe township council:
At the last meeting of the Adelaide-Metcalfe township, the council clearly stated that they are not in favour of wind farms until health studies are conducted and that they supported a resolution to that effect submitted to the province by the City of Kawartha Lakes in October, 2009. When the local radio station, MyFM Strathroy, called me to ask why the Adelaide-Metcalfe council supported a motion asking for this moratorium, I told her I didn’t know. This was confusing since they had denied our request twice in the last 6 months for a similar motion—no surprise considering 3 of the 5 council members have a conflict of interest on this issue. I indicated that I felt glad to see this happen but could not clearly express why the flip-flop. My hope was that the media could get a straight answer on this.
So here is what the radio station learned when they approached the township…
Thu, 28 Jan 2010 9:32:10 EST
They are holding their stance despite what some may think. Mayor of Adelaide-Metcalfe John Milligan said the municipality is not in support of a moratorium now or were they ever, as he says the proposed Wind Farm to be added to the community is in the provinces hands. Milligan says a meeting held Tuesday evening by TCI Renewables -the company responsible for putting the turbines in the ground…didn’t entertain discussion but allowed for individual community members or municipal staff to speak directly to the experts and ask their questions. Milligan says he believes most community members are in favor of the wind farm. The Adelaide-Metcalfe Wind Farm is anticipated to be in the ground within two years.
Click here to hear the mayor defend himself.
Here is the signed letter that shows the council supporting a moratorium on wind turbines.
I can’t help but laugh at this blatant statement; do they not read what they sign?? Trying to play both fiddles? Sorry but it doesn’t work that way….!
105.7 MyFM Strathroy Caradoc Mon, 02 Nov 2009 8:49:50 EST
MPP Maria Van Bommel turned down a motion to impose a moratorium on all new wind turbine projects in the province. The motion was put forward by Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Murdoch which asked that turbine projects be considered safe by the Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of the Environment before moving forward. Though Van Bommel delivered a speech in Queens Park outlining some of the concerns from constituents in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, in the end Van Bommel voted with the Liberals against the motion. Spokesperson for the Middlesex Wind Action Group Esther Wrightman of Kerwood says they had really hoped Van Bommel would vote in favor of the moratorium. Listen here
Mon, 31 Aug 2009 8:32:13 EDT
As a proposed wind farm on its way for construction within the next few years faces barriers, another deal is being signed. It looks as though a wind farm is coming together in Lambton County. The proposed wind farm would be located in Plympton-Wyoming. A public meeting is scheduled for mid September to hash out the details. In Adelaide-Metcalfe however development manager with TCI Renewables of Montreal Quebec -the company constructing the turbines, says they hope to have a 40 turbine wind farm compete by 2011, although there have been a few roadblocks.
The Green Energy Act put forth by the provincial government was designed to advance renewable energy projects in Ontario. New requirements were added to the project in Adelaide-Metcalfe to comply with Green Energy standards. Gallager says a local groups opinions against the construction of the wind turbines has been voiced as well and adds that with any new development often comes opposition. Click hear to listen.
Tue, 11 Aug 2009 8:58:07 EDT
A large group turned out for the heated debate over wind turbines being proposed in Adelaide-Metcalfe. The project which is moving towards construction is now attracting the attention of residents who say they knew nothing about it. TCI Renewables out of Montreal Quebec has just wrapped up the next step with the Ministry of Environment but spokesperson for Middlesex Wind Action Group Esther Wrightman challenges the company saying they didn’t follow the MOE’s guidelines to properly notify residents in the community.
Wrightman also says the health studies completed by the company were not released to residents and says she also wanted clarification on the plan to change zoning bylaws for 28 of 40 wind turbines which will be placed in Adelaide-Metcalfe. Mayor of Adelaide-Metcalfe John Milligan says out of a handful of residents against the project there are many more who are in support of adding wind turbines to the rural scenery.
105.7 MyFM Strathroy Caradoc
Click here to listen or read the transcript below of Adelaide Metcalfe township Mayor John Milligan on the Adelaide Wind project
“The province is on side for green energy, the county has all approved green energy, most municipalities approved green energy. We’ve only had you know, 2 or 3 people concerned about health issues., and the landowners are the ones who have leased their land to these companies to do it too, eh?” John Milligan
Strange that there were only “2 or 3 people” concerned about health. We had 3 people at the first council meeting 2 months ago, 15 at the meeting 1 month ago, and 35 at the meeting on Monday. We have also sent him a list of the 40 municipalities that have asked the province to conduct a full epidemiological study on the health effects of wind turbines. We asked Adelaide -Metcalfe council to do the same.
Wind Farm Concerns Addressed At Council
Mon, 10 Aug 2009 8:04:28 EDT
The project is moving towards construction but now residents in Adelaide-Metcalfe are standing up against a new wind farm which has been proposed to be built by TCI Renewable of Montreal Quebec. The 40 turbine farm will be placed on farm fields in the county to generate wind energy. TCI Renewable says on a windy day the farm is expected to generate 72 megawatts of power. The concerns of local residents will be addressed tonight at Adelaide-Metcalfe town council as some say more studies need to be conducted to look at the health implications of turbines. Mayor of Adelaide-Metcalfe John Milligan says the group has asked the town to put a moratorium on the project to stall any progress moving forward. Milligansays though there are some who feel the project should not go forward there are others who think the wind farm would be positive.
Milligan says one of the biggest concerns has been the safety of children and the proximity of the turbines to schools. He says turbines are placed twice as far away from schools as they are from a residence and are at least 1.2 km away.