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Bruce County slows down wind project

Bruce County wants a full environmental assessment of a proposed 121-tower wind farm in Kincardine and Saugeen Shores.

Planners have been working with Enbridge Inc. for a month on a list of county concerns about the huge wind farm.

Many of the issues are now resolved, said director Chris LaForest.

Remaining concerns about noise will be investigated through the monitoring of the turbines, he added.

But setbacks are still an issue for some county councillors, residents and the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture.

Enbridge wants to put towers 50.5 metres from neighbouring property lines.

The county wants the setback increased to 121 metres, which is the full height of the tower and one turbine blade.

Bruce County is also concerned about the lack of provincial guidelines on wind farm developments.

"We're going to see more projects coming down the road, so I think it's time the province stepped in and gave some guidelines to the county and the municipalities to work with,'' said Huron-Kinloss Mayor Mitch Twolan.

But Sandy Donald, the Kincardine deputy mayor, said the county will discourage investment in wind energy if it demands full an environmental assessment.

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Planners have been working with Enbridge Inc. for a month on a list of county concerns about the huge wind farm.

Many of the issues are now resolved, said director Chris LaForest.

Remaining concerns about noise will be investigated through the monitoring of the turbines, he added.

But setbacks are still an issue for some county councillors, residents and the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture.

Enbridge wants to put towers 50.5 metres from neighbouring property lines.

The county wants the setback increased to 121 metres, which is the full height of the tower and one turbine blade.

Bruce County is also concerned about the lack of provincial guidelines on wind farm developments.

"We're going to see more projects coming down the road, so I think it's time the province stepped in and gave some guidelines to the county and the municipalities to work with,'' said Huron-Kinloss Mayor Mitch Twolan.

But Sandy Donald, the Kincardine deputy mayor, said the county will discourage investment in wind energy if it demands full an environmental assessment.

"If we delay the project any further, we're going to see a cascade effect take over in which all the wind projects in this area are going to start to falter,'' Donald said.

"I think a setback of 50 metres at the back of the property where there's no danger to any human being is quite reasonable.''

The decision to move slowly with the Enbridge proposal won applause from the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture. The federation wants setbacks big enough to protect neighbouring landowners, president Robert Emerson said.

Wind turbines may eventually bring restrictions on what neighbouring farmers can build or do on their land, Emerson said.

And loans might be harder to get for a farmer hosting a tower and for neighbouring farms, he said.

"The province has really shoved these wind projects through without the proper planning and standards from the provincial level," Emerson said.

"That's important to get that settled right now."

 


Source: http://www.therecord.com/NA...

JUL 13 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/3475-bruce-county-slows-down-wind-project
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