Huron Bullet News
QUEEN’S PARK— A private members bill calling for a moratorium on all industrial wind energy development until third party health and environmental studies have been completed will be brought forward in the Ontario Legislature by Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson on March 8.
She filed a notice of the motion on Dec. 8, 2011, just before the Legislature adjourned for the year.
Thompson said she has heard from many constituents in Huron-Bruce and from residents across Ontario who are concerned about the environmental, physical, social, and economic health of their communities, and believes third party studies should be completed.
“The health and well-being of the people of Ontario should be first priority when developing renewable energy projects,” said Thompson.
“The McGuinty Liberals have failed to listen to rural Ontario, and have forged ahead placing industrial wind turbines in communities that are not willing hosts, without knowing the health and environmental implications.”
The Ontario Federation of Agriculture, the province’s largest advocacy group for farmers, called for the suspension of contract awards for large-scale wind energy development projects last month. It issued an eight-point position paper that, in part, called for great municipal input in the planning process, criticized the pricing schedule, and asked for provincially developed protocol to measure noise generated by wind turbines.
“We are surprised and disappointed the OFA is proposing to put thousands of jobs at risk in Ontario and limit the ability of farmers to participate in Ontario’s clean energy economy,” said Robert Hornung, who is president of CanWEA, which is the voice of Canada’s wind energy industry.
Thompson has developed a petition to the Ontario Legislature in support of her motion. To obtain a copy, please visit her website and click on Petitions.