Wind debate blows into Bluewater

Also see Exeter Times-Advocate: Bluewater council updated on wind projects, concerns
By Vanessa Brown, Lakeshore Advance
Members and supporters of Bluewater Against Turbines (BAT) packed the council gallery to standing-room only last week for a plea from the group’s president that council fight for the health and safety of its residents and lobby for longer setbacks from homes than the current 550 metres.  “We do not want these turbines – we don’t want them ever, to be quite frank,” stressed BAT president Dave Griffiths. “And if this so-called government-for-the-people manages to shove them down our throats, as they seem to be so good at, I am asking our council to please, please ask for longer setbacks from your citizens.”  Read article

4 thoughts on “Wind debate blows into Bluewater

  1. The purpose of the PRIVATE community meetings with Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, Conservation Authorities, school boards etc. , according to the article above, is to know where the company can throw it’s money locally – $435,500 annually to be precise.

    When I challenged project director Nicole Geneau about wanting to throw money at our local school board she told me,“we didn’t come in there with any blank cheques, we went in there to learn”. OK, so which time was she lying? To me, or to the Bluewater Council? That’s your biggest problem NextEra – you won’t tell the truth.

    • NextEra could be running the show anyway and not the Ontario government.. NextEra sure has contacts in high places that can call the shots around the world.

  2. Another great reporting job!
    She said property value reductions aren’t the company’s responsibility and that NextEra hasn’t experienced declining land values near any of its turbines.

    “Right. But that’s not to say they won’t, and that’s not to say that you shouldn’t have any contingency plan in place in case they do,” Gillespie said. “But I think we’ve gotten your response, which is it’s not your problem.”
    Dalton McGuinty says the same sort of things too.

  3. This company is boasting that there will be 400 temporary construction jobs because of this project. A close relative of mine worked on a wind turbine project a couple of years back, The conditions for these workers is not good.

    We all know how high these things are. There are no elevators so the workers have to climb the internal stairwell to get to the turbine. Once there, there are no washroom or eating facilities.

    These projects are being built in areas with high unemployment. Once the project is in full swing, the workers are then required to work 7 days a week, 10 to 12 hours per day. Need a day or two for something important? Either work or quit because there is always another guy who will take your place.

    Once the job is done, so long.

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