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"If they move these, or bring the wind turbines here, we will move somewhere else," said Alan Whincup, and he says no one he knows wants the turbines either. "We moved here for the beautiful countryside, and not to see these wind turbines that are going to be as high as the mountain itself."
The town's planner discovered the footings of a wind turbine going up across the road. She insisted that Armstrong, for his half of the farm that falls within 550 metres of the turbine, would have to get the property rezoned to never allow a home to be built on much of it.
Murray, who purchased a home in the area 30 years ago, said the wind farm would lead to plummeting property values and fewer tourists, adding that it would have a "catastrophic" impact on the economy. "Wind turbines are imposing structures and definitely not the kind of thing one wants to see from a golf course," she wrote. "Turbines are a curiosity, but only once."
Escalating concerns about industrial wind turbines have prompted the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) to urge the province of Ontario to suspend further development until farm families and rural residents are assured that their interests are adequately protected.
Provincial environmental assessment, which also consulted with local First Nations, concluded that the proposed project poses no significant threat to the natural environment. However, the certificate specifies certain regulations and responsibilities that the company must abide by to prevent or minimize environmental impact.
Opposition to wind power is about far more than health, as some critics suggest. There is good reason to believe Ontarians have been sold a bill of goods about turbine developments, that they're not nearly as efficient nor will produce the number of jobs the Dalton Gang says they will.
"We do not want these turbines - we don't want them ever, to be quite frank," stressed BAT president Dave Griffiths. "And if this so-called government-for-the-people manages to shove them down our throats, as they seem to be so good at, I am asking our council to please, please ask for longer setbacks from your citizens."
Almost all post operational studies of wildlife mortalities from wind turbines in Ontario have been kept secret from the public, allowing government and industry to contend that wind turbines kill very few birds. Until we have public access to independent mortality studies, we will not know the full cumulative impact. The damage to the environment, however, goes well beyond the slice and dice effect of the turbine blades.
We think there's no doubt that a wind turbine 500 or 600 metres away from a house will cause health problems for some of its inhabitants, particularly if they have read some of the literature available from wind power critics. Accordingly, we think the law should require all owners of industrial wind power projects to offer to purchase any residence within two kilometres of a turbine at full market value.
Janet Grace, a local realtor and former president of the Kingston Real Estate Association, said Thursday that when retirees go to buy property like the Kenneys', "quality of life is important." Having power-production facilities nearby, she said, may be a negative factor in making their decision.
Mayor Joe Chapman thanked Wakegijig for giving their side of the issue, and as he accepted the petition he said, "I know some here do not agree, but I stand with you." There was no vote on the request by the group to support their opposition to the turbines, but Chapman indicated that would happen at a later date.
"I say we are under threat because the government is in the process of turning our rural communities into industrial wind power generating plants. There will be a massive visual impact; there is potential for negative health impacts; and our quality of place will be diminished as long as the wind turbines are standing."
At least 76 Ontario municipalities plus other entities such as health boards and conservation authorities continue to demand a moratorium on such projects until an independent and unbiased third party has completed a study on health effects of wind turbines.
If the GMP project goes ahead, decision-makers will be viewed as having "destroyed one of the beautiful pristine areas of Vermont ... for no good reason at a time when a better alternative was just about to come into reach."
I know that Manitoulin Island is the largest island in a freshwater lake in the world. First Nations have lived on the island and nearby mainland for more than 10,000 years. This proposed wind factory has caused a lot of division in communities; between various Aboriginal tribes, some who wish the project to proceed and hope to gain financially and those who wish to see the lands and air remain untouched.
While the Liberals insist it's all about clean energy, a recent article in a British newspaper shows wind turbines are anything but green. A story by Simon Parry and Ed Douglas in the Daily Mail, Jan. 29, describes a horrific toxic stew brewing in China as a result of our search for the great, green holy grail.
No Renewable Energy Approvals for offshore have been issued and no offshore projects will proceed at this time. Applications for offshore wind projects in the Feed-In-Tariff program will no longer be accepted and current applications will be suspended.
Although I believe in finding green sources of energy I am deeply concerned about the preservation of the natural landscape, our greatest resource, especially in areas of scenic beauty and scientific importance. Unfortunately the Silcote Corners Wind Project pits one against the other.
Cam Pritchard knows he can't stop the wind. But he's hoping he and a few hundred neighbours can slow it down, just enough. Pritchard, an organizer with the newly formed West Lincoln Wind Action Group, is fighting a planned wind farm slated for the western edge of town, mostly because of health and property value concerns.
Given its natural beauty, why would anyone want to erect 43 steel towers on this landscape? According to the Manitoulin Coalition for Safe Energy Alternatives, the wind turbines destined for McLean's Mountain will be 26 stories high. ...An industrial-scale wind turbine installation does not suit this landscape.