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Rural residents oppose wind turbine farm near Mclean

RES Canada has been in contact with landowners within the area and there is some opposition, as well as some support," explained Jeannie DesRochers, Reeve of the R.M. The company is offering compensation for people who would be living near the turbines. But DesRochers said there are concerns about land values and health effects.

Concerns about land value, health impacts drive opposition

A wind farm project near Mclean could be stopped in its tracks before it even gets started.

RES Canada is interested in building a medium-sized wind turbine farm in the R.M. of South Qu'Appelle, near the town of Mclean.

"They've been in contact with landowners within the area and there is some opposition, as well as some support," explained Jeannie DesRochers, Reeve of the R.M.

The company is offering compensation for people who would be living near the turbines. But DesRochers said there are concerns about land values and health effects.

But before those things can be addressed the R.M. council has to decide whether the project can go ahead. RES Canada has identified where it would put the turbines; the next step is to install a meteorological test tower to measure wind quality. But the R.M. has a bylaw against that, so for the project to move forward the bylaw would have to be amended.

Tuesday night a meeting was held in Maclean for residents to discuss the issue.

"We had a really great group of people that were respectful, spoke their concerns, and stated their own information that they had gathered."

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Concerns about land value, health impacts drive opposition

A wind farm project near Mclean could be stopped in its tracks before it even gets started.

RES Canada is interested in building a medium-sized wind turbine farm in the R.M. of South Qu'Appelle, near the town of Mclean.

"They've been in contact with landowners within the area and there is some opposition, as well as some support," explained Jeannie DesRochers, Reeve of the R.M.

The company is offering compensation for people who would be living near the turbines. But DesRochers said there are concerns about land values and health effects.

But before those things can be addressed the R.M. council has to decide whether the project can go ahead. RES Canada has identified where it would put the turbines; the next step is to install a meteorological test tower to measure wind quality. But the R.M. has a bylaw against that, so for the project to move forward the bylaw would have to be amended.

Tuesday night a meeting was held in Maclean for residents to discuss the issue.

"We had a really great group of people that were respectful, spoke their concerns, and stated their own information that they had gathered."

According to people who were there, a majority of residents voted not to amend the bylaw.

The official decision won't be made until March 5 when the R.M. council gathers to vote. If they vote against amending the bylaw, the wind farm won't be able to move on to the next step.


Source: http://ckom.com/story/rural...

FEB 28 2014
http://www.windaction.org/posts/39960-rural-residents-oppose-wind-turbine-farm-near-mclean
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