Gengrowth project slowed by town of Amherstburg

Amherstburg Echo

Rick Fryer

…The issue also will be appearing at future council meetings thanks to a notice of motion by Councillor Rick Fryer. He said local municipalities should have a voice “in matters that affect local watershed planning” and that proposed offshore wind farms in Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair raise concerns over water quality, human health along with animal and plant life.

Fryer’s notice of motion asks that those concerns be forwarded to Essex MP Jeff Watson and Essex MPP Bruce Crozier and “the relevant ministries,” that all other municipalities in Essex County be asked to endorse the resolution and that the county, Pelee Island, Windsor and ERCA be asked to develop “a joint regional position” regarding offshore wind turbines proposed for the Essex-Windsor region.

AMHERSTBURG – Town council has held any progress on the South Side Wind Farm in abeyance until more information comes from the province.

Town council had requested a representative from the provincial Ministry of the Environment (MoE) to meet with them at their Feb. 8 meeting. Council wants more answers pertaining to setbacks and health concerns.

Those issues were once again raised Monday night by residents, led by Mick MacCorquodale. MacCorquodale made his third straight appearance before town council airing concerns he and neighbours have with the five wind turbine project proposed near Malden Centre.

Councillor John Sutton made the motion to hold any progress in abeyance until the town meets with an MoE representative. Correspondence will be sent to the wind farm’s proponent, GenGrowth.

The issue also will be appearing at future council meetings thanks to a notice of motion by Councillor Rick Fryer. He said local municipalities should have a voice “in matters that affect local watershed planning” and that proposed offshore wind farms in Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair raise concerns over water quality, human health along with animal and plant life.

Fryer’s notice of motion asks that those concerns be forwarded to Essex MP Jeff Watson and Essex MPP Bruce Crozier and “the relevant ministries,” that all other municipalities in Essex County be asked to endorse the resolution and that the county, Pelee Island, Windsor and ERCA be asked to develop “a joint regional position” regarding offshore wind turbines proposed for the Essex-Windsor region.

South Point Wind out of Leamington is reportedly considering wind farms consisting of a total of 700 turbines for areas of Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair. One sight is off of Amherstburg’s shoreline in Lake Erie. A public meeting is scheduled for the Amherstburg Recreation and Cultural Centre March 27 between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

3 thoughts on “Gengrowth project slowed by town of Amherstburg

  1. This province needs more Councilors like you, Mr. Fryer. Rural Ontario is being fed to the dogs by the McGuinty government. Thank you for having the moral courage to speak out.

  2. “A Call to Arms” by Councils across Ontario is our only HOPE of stopping McGuinty and his Ministry “Mandarins” who DO NOT reflect the Citizens of Ontario’s interests!

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