LISTOWEL – North Perth council has taken a stance against wind energy projects, passing a resolution at their meeting Monday night. Mayor Julie Behrns said the resolution was passed in support of the concerns of residents as a wind turbine project is being sought by Invenergy Canada in the community. “It’s become a real issue in North Perth, with several farmers signing leases,” Behrns said. “North Perth has heard from the residents, and the residents are extremely concerned.”
The resolution stated concerns over conflicting health information regarding the impacts turbines have on those living in close proximity, and how the municipality’s hands are tied as far as seeing the project move forward.
“There’s been a number of suggestions to the lack of control because of the Green Energy Act that municipalities have,” Behrns said. “It’s very difficult to be an elected municipal official right now when you have no control.”
The resolution will be forwarded to Premier Dalton McGuinty as well as Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece, requesting the province implement a moratorium on wind turbine projects in agricultural areas until an independent health study and environmental impact study are completed.