by Amanda Moore, Niagara This Week
By fall 2013, the landscape of Caistor Centre could drastically change — if the government approves a proposal by the owners of the HAF wind energy project.
The owners of the project — a consortium made up of IPC Energy, Rankin Construction and Wainfleet Wind Energy — held their final public open house Tuesday, part of the Ontario government’s renewable energy approvals process for green energy projects. And while project manager Tom Lewis says there is support for the project in the community, there were more critics than supporters at Tuesday’s open house at the Caistor Community Centre.
One man, who did not want to share his name, said he will be able to see all five of the turbines from his back window, a view he didn’t have in mind when he purchased his wife’s family farm five years ago. “I had no idea I’d be able to see all five,” said the man. “I came out here for the peace and quiet. I can see all kinds of wildlife from my backyard — deer, coyotes, all kinds. And now I am going to see these big towers.” The man was able to better visualize just how tall those turbines will be thanks to a public awareness campaign launched Saturday by the West Lincoln Glanbrook Wind Action Group, a citizen’s group which opposes wind energy.
This past Saturday, the group raised several weather balloons to the height of the proposed wind turbines, to provide a sense of scale for the size of the storeys-high towers. The wind turbines to be installed across the municipality will be as tall as 145 metres. WLWAG is calling the campaign “Look Up, Wake Up.” Read article