Kelly McShane, Cottage Country Now
POWASSAN – Local wind power opposition is gaining momentum. “The key is communication. It’s been very difficult to get information,” said Anne Smith, who is in opposition to a proposed wind power project that would be located near Maple Hill Road, south of Purdon Line. Smith said the lack of information is intentional on the part of the developer.
“It causes controversy and that’s part of a strategy by the developer to get their project completed while we’re all busy with infighting,” she said.
Smith organized a public meeting at the Powassan Legion on April 30, which was attended by about 100 concerned residents looking for information on the Anemos Energy proposal. According to the company, the project could be up and running by 2015. “It’s the placement in the process that gets everyone upset,” she said.
According to Smith, residents weren’t informed about the project until it was about two years underway.
“We saw them clearing land, but we just assumed we were getting a new neighbour,” she said, noting she was shocked to find out the clearing of land was to accommodate a wind resource measurement tower. read article