by Patrick Raftis, The Wellington Advertiser
The opponents of a proposed wind turbine project here say the efforts of an Ohio-based blogger to provide detailed maps of turbine projects in Ontario fill an important gap in the information chain. Wayne Gulden, creator of the website Ontario Wind Turbines, uses Google Maps technology to indicate the site and scale of wind farms, both existing and proposed, across the province – including the NextEra Energy site in Mapleton as well as other projects near Belwood and Arthur.
Gulden’s main residence is Yellow Springs, Ohio, which is not currently the site of any existing or proposed turbine projects. However, he has a cottage on Amherst Island, an Ontario community in the middle of a region where numerous projects are either in operation or on the drawing board.
The lack of detailed information on a province-wide basis has been a sore point among turbine opponents for some time. “It’s important that people know where they are,” said Janet Vallery, spokesperson for the Oppose Belwood Wind Farm Association. She suggested the Ontario Power Authority has the information but is hesitant to release it because it will reveal the government’s plans to “industrialize” rural Ontario. “I think the government just doesn’t want people to know how bad it is,” said Vallery. Read article