Hundreds attend final public meeting for wind turbines in Fergus

by David Meyer, Wellington Advertiser
FERGUS-They left the signs outside, but hundreds of people opposed to the Springwood wind farm near here swamped an open house with a sea of green shirts, many of them with stickers voicing specific objections to wind turbines.  The proposed project consists of four wind turbines that would produce 9.2 megawatts of power in total – enough to provide power for 1,980 homes. The project is owned by wpd Canada and is bounded by Sideroad 20 (in old West Garafraxa) to the northwest, County Road 16 to the northeast, 2nd Line to the southwest and Sideroad 15 to the southeast.  Read article

9 thoughts on “Hundreds attend final public meeting for wind turbines in Fergus

  1. I may be mistaken, but I believe Jutta stated in a previous media article that she accepts technical support from the wind industry and that she receives money for expenses. Does anyone remember that?

  2. Some people cite others who aren’t bothered by turbines as if that is some sort of objective judgment that should settle the discussion. So what? Who cares what a community in Germany thinks about anything? (BTW, note the introduction of Europe into the discussion – they do everything perfectly there….)
    I’m not bothered by the sound of my motorcycle or my stereo, but there are others in the neighbourhood who don’t feel the same way.
    Much of this argument is aesthetic, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t count – rural beauty and enjoyment is as important as any pointy headed scientific study.
    And isn’t it touching the wind industry needs a spokesperson demanding civility because they’re getting bullied by all those nasty citizens….who insist on speaking up for their rights against a domineering provincial government and a trillion dollar industry.

  3. Much of this argument is aesthetic, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t count – rural beauty and enjoyment is as important as any pointy headed scientific study.

    Some of the pointy headed types feel the same way yah know! 😉

  4. I don’t think that the look of these turbines really matter, what really matters is the fact that these turbines cost more by far than anyother method of producing power and taxpayers are going to be flipping the bill. And also that the amount of power produced by wind turbines is so small compaired to other methods that the whole situation involed with upseting residents near turbines and splitting comunities over this issue is the worst thing about them. In fact these things are useless and the biggest waste of time and money this goverment has ever pressed on the people of this province. If wind turbines were a good idea the majority of residents aroud these turbines would agree with putting them up. But we don’t and our municapaity can’t even vote for or agenst this project, the provincal goverment has over ruled them from doing so.

    • Hey Jerian,
      I like your comment!
      But, you say,
      “But we don’t and our municapaity can’t even vote for or agenst this project, the provincal goverment has over ruled them from doing so.”

      There’s good news!
      Your municipality can – just say ‘NO’
      Then what?
      A McGuinty government ‘Rule by Regulation’ would side step your municipality.

  5. Hard to ignore that the majority at this meeting obviously do not support IWT developments.

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