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RM concerned about potential wind farm impact

Plans for a wind farm in southeastern Saskatchewan are up in the air pending further study. Council for the Rural Municipality of Martin voted Friday to revisit the proposed Red Lily Wind Farm Project, near Moosomin, at its meeting on March 17. In the meantime, a committee has been struck to gather more information about the project and the potential impact of wind turbines.

Plans for a wind farm in southeastern Saskatchewan are up in the air pending further study.

Council for the Rural Municipality of Martin voted Friday to revisit the proposed Red Lily Wind Farm Project, near Moosomin, at its meeting on March 17. In the meantime, a committee has been struck to gather more information about the project and the potential impact of wind turbines.

"We're going to maybe do some more touring (of wind farms) and try to get something that's some middle ground to work with, and come back to council with a recommendation from the committee," said Mark Bateman, reeve for the RM of Martin.

About 100 people turned out for a three-hour public meeting in Moosomin Thursday night to discuss plans for the wind farm.

Area landowner David McKinnon, who became concerned by the proximity of a proposed wind turbine to his home, started a petition to try to press for a "health, welfare and safety zone" around the turbines.

McKinnon, who will be part of the study committee, is pleased there will be further information collected before a decision is made.

"That's all I was trying to stress: We need to research this more," McKinnon said Friday.... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Plans for a wind farm in southeastern Saskatchewan are up in the air pending further study.

Council for the Rural Municipality of Martin voted Friday to revisit the proposed Red Lily Wind Farm Project, near Moosomin, at its meeting on March 17. In the meantime, a committee has been struck to gather more information about the project and the potential impact of wind turbines.

"We're going to maybe do some more touring (of wind farms) and try to get something that's some middle ground to work with, and come back to council with a recommendation from the committee," said Mark Bateman, reeve for the RM of Martin.

About 100 people turned out for a three-hour public meeting in Moosomin Thursday night to discuss plans for the wind farm.

Area landowner David McKinnon, who became concerned by the proximity of a proposed wind turbine to his home, started a petition to try to press for a "health, welfare and safety zone" around the turbines.

McKinnon, who will be part of the study committee, is pleased there will be further information collected before a decision is made.

"That's all I was trying to stress: We need to research this more," McKinnon said Friday. He invited two Ontario specialists to address the Thursday meeting to speak about adverse health impacts from wind farms.

In an interview earlier this week, a spokesperson for Algonquin Power, one of the companies developing Red Lily, cited an industry study released in December that found no link between wind turbines and health. Representatives of Algonquin also spoke at the meeting.

Red Lily Wind Power Limited Partnership, owned by Algonquin Power Inc. and Gaia Power, has put forward a proposal to construct a 25-megawatt wind farm about five kilometres west of Moosomin. In 2008 SaskPower finalized an agreement to buy power from Red Lily, conveying it through their existing Red Jacket substation.

The plan has been in development since 2004, but has been delayed while securing funding and arranging locations for the turbines.

Last month, a preliminary map was released showing the proposed locations for the 16 wind turbines. The map raised concerns among some residents like McKinnon, who would see a turbine 400 metres from his home.

Algonquin's April Meyer said the company has adopted "best practices," with proposed setback distances of 400 metres or 40 decibels, whichever is more restrictive. Meyer said Algonquin would like to erect the turbines this summer.

McKinnon said he's not opposed to wind farms, but wants to ensure there are safe buffer zones.


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FEB 13 2010
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