By Don Crosby, Owen Sound Sun Times
Some Grey Highlands councillors and residents were disappointed at how unprepared representatives of a wind energy development project were when they appeared before council earlier this week. Representatives of Natenco — a wind energy consultant firm and the shareholders of Flesherton Wind Energy (Silver Springs) refused to disclose the identity of the owners of the project during a special council meeting held on Monday. “There is no relevance to who the owners are. It’s not relevant,” said Ken Zuckerman, a spokesman for the owners in answer to a question by Coun. Lynn Silverton. That answer brought a gasp from three dozen people who packed the council chamber. “I don’t know why they had a problem with telling me who the owner of the project is. That very statement at the beginning made me very wary of everything else they said,” said Silverton later during an interview. Grey Highlands resident Donna Close was incensed at the refusal of the owners of the project to attend the meeting at the request of the council and then have their representatives refuse to cooperate. “It’s incredibly insulting. Of course it’s relevant. Who is going to be financially responsible for this project? Ownership is relevant. . . the proponents were supposed to come to this meeting. We’ve got people who showed up that don’t know the answers. Why once more do we have the hired guns. They are the consultants. Why aren’t the owners here? They are the ones I want to see face to face,” said Close, whose property is called a receptor which reflects its near proximity to a turbine. Read article
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