I feel compelled to write concerning a statement made by our MPP John Wilkinson in the March 25 Wellington Advertiser.
At a Mapleton council meeting held last year, Mr. Wilkinson was quoted as saying “that an application submitted to the ministry needed the signature of the council in order for it to be deemed complete.” He said that “if the application is not complete, the project will not proceed.”
He gave us (those of us from the community who were at that meeting), the impression the township had the right not to sign if it felt the company failed to address concerns raised by the municipality. He gave us the impression the municipality had some input in the approval process.
Apparently that doesn’t seem to be the case, since the Renewable Energy Application submitted by NextEra has been deemed complete by the Ministry of Environment and will soon be available for public comment, without the township’s approval.
Now Mr. Wilkinson is denying words spoken at that May 11 meeting by saying a municipality merely “has to be consulted.”
The community deserves an explanation why Mr. Wilkinson has altered his original statement to reduce the role of the municipality in wind turbine projects.
Also at a recent Mapleton tele-town hall meeting, Mr. Wilkinson indicated his Ministry of Environment has not received any complaints from people living amongst wind turbines. He also said the very same thing on a radio talk show a few weeks ago. However, based on networking with others, the ministry has, in fact, heard many complaints, so again I wonder why Mr. Wilkinson needs to alter the facts.
It leaves one to wonder at the integrity of the whole wind industry if Mr. Wilkinson feels the need to alter statements and deny what’s occurring in projects that are complete.
I also feel frustrated questions I have emailed to Mr. Wilkinson and other ministers in the government remain unanswered. Questions such as where is the science behind the 550metre setback from a non- participating receptor?
Could it be that there is no answer to that question, other than Ontario is too densely populated for a greater setback?
Do we, as Mr. Wilkinson’s constituents, have a voice representing us at Queen’s Park or are we merely being tossed into the wind?
D. Krul, ARTHUR