Our family farm is in the former St. Vincent Township, now the Municipality of Meaford and my husband and myself were at the meeting of Silcote Wind Farm Project in Meaford.
We met many people extremely upset with these large overbearing objects around them. There were many ques- tions that needed answering but this did not happen. Our concerns were with the future and the repercussions on the land. Answers were either vague, ignored or totally off topic from the representatives of Inter- national Power Corporation. Our concerns are as follows:
1) Who is responsible at the end of the term (20 years with another 20 year option) for the removal of the tower, the mas- sive amount of cement in the ground, the fences and the roads? IPC”s not quite the answer was they would repair the turbine if needed or replace it with a new one.
2) How can a proper health study be done when it must encompass an aging process to equal the time frame of the lease (20 t0 40 years). IPC’s answer pointed to their placards neatly arranged around the room.
3) Why are the wind turbines being place on the Niagara Escarpment which is an interna- tionally recognized as a protected biosphere? The answer to this question was referred to the Green Energy Act.
4) What about insurance and liability? The land owner would have to check the individual policy.
5) Final question: If the Silcote Wind Turbine Project is such a bang up great idea, why did IPC sneak around, getting some people to sign up two years ago and kept it a secret from their neighbours and if it’s such a money making project, why doesn’t IPC make a firm com- mitment to Ontario and Meaford by purchasing the land instead of long term leasing?
These are just a few questions that needed to be answered honestly to provide the municipality of Meaford with a picture of the future.
Sherry Pottage, Clarksburg