Offshore wind: Ontario's moratorium right decision
Locally, there has been a great deal of legitimate concern about the impact of a proposal to put 715 turbines in lakes Erie and St. Clair. Residents, doctors and municipal politicians have expressed concern that wind turbine construction would stir up sediment and possibly release toxins near the intake pipes channelling water into treatment plants. There have also been questions about the impact of the giant turbines on fish and wildlife.
March 2, 2011
in The Windsor Star
In a surprising and welcome move, the McGuinty government has decided to place a moratorium on offshore wind turbine projects in the province. Energy Minister Brad Duguid said the province made the decision to put a hold on any new approvals and suspend current applications on the basis of environmental concerns.
"There isn't a lot of science on freshwater offshore wind farms while there is tons of science on land wind farms," Duguid told the Toronto Star. "We need some time to review the science and we don't have it today."
In some ways, that's a startling admission since the government... [continue via Web link]