Leamington council vows fight on wind farms

Windsor Star

LEAMINGTON, Ont. — The new Leamington council unanimously agreed Monday it is opposed to wind turbines in Lake Erie.

“I don’t care if I lay across a road in front of truck bringing them,” Leamington’s new Deputy Mayor Charlie Wright said before moving a resolution on council’s opposition to any wind turbines in the western basin of Lake Erie.

Local municipalities, residents, and the developer who has proposed 15 turbines south of Leamington and Kingsville and then 700 turbines around Essex County in Lakes Erie and St. Clair are waiting for the provincial government to announce regulations for offshore wind farms.

The provincial government asked for comments last summer and fall on guidelines including the Ministry of Environment’s proposed five-kilometre exclusion zone for turbines off the shores of lakes.

The proposed guidelines wouldn’t kill SouthPoint Wind’s plans for more than 700 turbines, said Jim Liovas, president of SouthPoint Wind and the Liovas Group in Leamington.

“The farther out we go, the better the wind is,” said Liovas who didn’t speak to council Monday but attended the meeting for another matter.

SouthPoint Wind had proposed putting turbines more than one kilometre offshore, he said.

“The place to put them is on the lake,” Liovas said in an interview.

He said the lake belongs to all the residents, not just those who live on the lake and said the opposition is a Nimby, not-in-my-backyard, issue. “There’s a lot of misinformation out there. We’re waiting for the guidelines.”

He said the 15-turbine, 30-megawatt pilot project would cost around $100 million.

He wouldn’t name the financial backers for the proposed wind farms but said the financing is not an issue.

Liovas said SouthPoint Wind is “full steam ahead” on research and development while it waits for direction from the provincial government and the 15 turbines if allowed would provide more accurate research on turbines in freshwater.

He said he doesn’t want to respond to the opposition until he sees what the provincial government wants to do.

5 thoughts on “Leamington council vows fight on wind farms

  1. “He said the lake belongs to all the residents, not just those who live on the lake and said the opposition is a Nimby, not-in-my-backyard, issue. “There’s a lot of misinformation out there. We’re waiting for the guidelines.”

    Three comments spring readily to mind:

    1) If one doesn’t live on or near a lake how else can one be a “resident” of it?

    2) If this bozo means to say that lakes belong to everyone and not just those who live on or near them, then why does he think he and his ilk have the exclusive right to cover these lakes with wind turbines? Maybe there are other entities out there that want to industrialize these natural environments with something of far greater benefit to humanity and the planet then are IWTs?

    3) Yes there IS a “lot of misinformation” out there; 100% of which is being spewed by green energy proponents!

    You can fool some of the people some of the time because some are in fact fools. This is what we call GOVERNMENT! However, fools are in the minority!

    Judgment day approaches!

    B.B.W.

  2. Industrial Wind Turbines are polluting our open spaces whether on land or in our Great Lakes.

  3. i voted for charlie and will be the next person lying on the road beside him. wind and solar power is a complete waste of our money. with the feed in tariffs sucking our tax dollars away, a few people are making a huge fortune on every solar panel and turbine placed in ontario . as for smart meters , 4 billion wasted just in ontario alone. hst, ecco tax, tire disposal tax, billion wasted on e health scam, the list just goes on and on. as a retired person, i cannot afford any of this on my fixed income and i know there are so many of us on fixed incomes that cannot afford mcginty anymore.

  4. Good luck lying on the road! Much of the installation will be done on the water from boats/ships brought from Europe which are already equiped to install turbines.

    However, you might be able to stop the cables from coming on shore.

  5. And you can just bet that financing is NOT an issue for this guy!!!

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