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Two rural Ontario farmers are waging a legal battle against a group of energy companies responsible for a proposed wind farm, arguing that the large-scale project contravenes their constitutional right to safety and security.
"We want the community to know exactly where each candidate stands because the next government will either approve or not approve the project," group spokeswoman Irene Bond said Thursday afternoon.
Lisa MacLeod, the incumbent for the riding, told the Citizen editorial board that her stand was not only because of her constituents' adamant opposition to the project, but stemmed also from a fundamental objection to Liberal clean energy plan, which she claimed was contributing to high hydro rates in the province.
Schmidt says when she's at home she can't sleep, has migraines, feels dizzy and nauseous, and often vomits. She has come to the conclusion the only solution is to move, but asks: "Why should I have to leave home so big companies can make a lot of money?"
"If the municipalities had an opportunity to see that they were properly placed maybe the position of Arran-Elderslie council may change. If (Bennett) is indicating they are a good thing and there are lots of places in the provinces that want them then that would be a good place for them to go. The council of Arran-Elderslie is saying they are not welcome here."
"The problem is, is that we actually have surplus electricity. We're giving away our electricity to our neighbours and at the same time we are going to be charging individual Ontarians for their own power at a higher rate than they had before." The turbo-charged subsidization of one sector can come at a cost to others, Miljan said, tying some of Europe's recent financial problems in part to "heavy" subsidization of green technology in certain countries.
Councillor Paul Ainslie will ask Mayor Rob Ford's executive committee to order hydro to tear down its anemometer, a fridge-size device that measures wind speed and direction from a platform about one kilometre off the Scarborough Bluffs. Ainslie, who represents the area, also wants the city to slap a moratorium on wind turbines in the lake.
The wind farm near Saint-Valentin, 40 kilometres southeast of Montreal, would have had 25 turbines ...But the community was starkly divided over the proposal, with some residents supporting wind power while others, including the mayors of some local municipalities, organized an opposition group to protest the scheme.
A Wolfe Island couple experienced a setback Wednesday in a hearing to have their property assessment lowered because of nearby wind turbines. Ed and Gail Kenney had hoped to call John Harrison, a retired Queen's University physics teacher, as an expert witness to back their case.
Entegrity entered the wind energy market at a promising time in 2002, when wind was emerging as a popular alternative to traditional energy sources. Entegrity sold small, 50-kilowatt wind turbines across North America ...It closed its doors two years ago, leaving $10 million in unpaid bills.
"At the very least," Mahood said, "we hope that it slows the development of these things down and gives time for the community to develop its own plan, its own made-in-Lambton-Shores strategy to deal with so-called renewable energy." Municipal councils in neighbouring Plympton-Wyoming and Dawn-Euphemia Township have also passed resolutions calling for a provincial moratorium and independent health study.
Grey Highlands council at its regular meeting on Monday, July 25 turned down a road use agreement for the Plateau Wind Project. In a 4-3 vote council defeated the agreement. The defeat of the agreement doesn't mean much in the long-term picture.
The Sable Island wind turbine project has cost taxpayers at least $1 million so far, but that green power is still years away from working, CBC News has learned. The turbine blades are spinning, but they're not powering anything.
"This clear favoritism disadvantaged Mesa, as well as other wind developers, and clearly violates the spirit, goals and objectives of the North American Free Trade Agreement," Robertson said. Mesa's filing also mentions the "buy local" requirements and challenges the "preferential treatment".
An open house hosted by Wpd Canada regarding its proposal to erect eight wind turbines just west of Stayner attracted several hundred people late Wednesday afternoon. The majority of those that attended the session were against the project.
The group's application for a judicial review alleges numerous deficiencies in the government's environmental review process and its failure to address the cumulative effects of multiple industrial wind developments in the community. "The ministry is ignoring the effects on our health, safety.
Current indications are that the Progressive Conservatives under Tim Hudak would oppose widespread development of more industrial wind farms, but the Liberals under now-Premier Dalton McGuinty would intend to stay the present course on Green energy.
Halifax regional council put off a decision on wind turbines in rural and industrial areas Tuesday following a long public hearing. More than 20 people spoke out during the meeting at City Hall. Most of them were in favour of allowing turbines.
"We've talked to people who have had a lot of health troubles living near these wind farms," Stewardson said. "And I personally don't like the look of them. The aesthetics of our rural countryside will be ruined."
Members "just want wind energy developments, particularly large wind energy developments, to be located in places where they will not be a hazard to human health, safety and the environment," he said in a recent release.