by Kris Svela, the Wellington Adevertiser
Wellington County council is prepared to assist the Oppose Belwood Wind Farm Association (OBWF), but it won’t dig into its wallet to help the group in its fight to stop planned wind turbine developments. Council heard from association executives at its June 28 meeting. Dave Hurlburt and Janet Vallery updated council on the association’s efforts to halt projects that could see 49 turbines erected between Belwood and Fergus.
The group contends the provincial government, through its Green Energy Act, is paving the way for turbine projects without input from local residents about potential health hazards. “It’s unprecedented industrialization … with loss of democracy,” Vallery told council. “These turbines are imposed on us.”
Among concerns raised by the association is the development of the four turbine Springwood project by wpd, which borders on a residential area. “The wpd project is situated in a significantly dense residential rural area and there are over 100 homes within the two kilometer radius of the project,” states information given out by the association. “The county and municipalities have the ethical duty and legal obligation to protect the health, safety, quality of life and well being of citizens and their property. Read article