by Siobhan Morris, 610 CKTB News
Wind development opponents are rallying at Queen’s Park this afternoon.The demonstration comes as Progressive Conservative MPP Todd Smith introduces a bill the party says would restore decision-making power to municipalities on wind farms. PC leader Tim Hudak tells 610 CKTB News, the Liberals’ Green Energy Act has robbed municipal councils of that power.
The Niagara West-Glanbrook MPP doesn’t believe the province knows best, local councils do. Hudak can’t understand why local officials should have a say on roads, zoning, even where hot dog stands go—but not massive wind development.
The mayors of Wainfleet & West Lincoln turned up for the rally at the legislature.
A $550-million dollar wind development is set for those communities. Together, Niagara Region Wind Corporation & ENERCON Canada plan to put 77 turbines in Pelham, Wainfleet, West Lincoln & part of Haldimand County.
The project would also see ENERCON build 2 factories in the region to build the turbine components.