By Rob McCormick, Peterborough Examiner
BETHANY – A question-and-answer meeting quickly deteriorated Thursday night as more than 230 area residents opposed to a proposed wind farm in their community chanted, blew whistles and shouted down a panel of experts assembled to answer their questions. “We don’t want you here” and “Go home,” they repeatedly yelled as the meeting got under way in the gymnasium of Rolling Hills Public School.
The Snowy Ridge project, a five-turbine wind farm east of Hwy. 35 north of Hwy. 7A, is one of two proposed for the area. The company running the project, Sprott Power Corp., expects to submit its application to the Ministry of the Environment in February, said David Eva, the project manager. If approved, the wind farm would begin operation in the fall of 2014, he said.
“In our view it’s a well-designed project,” Eva said before the meeting. “A lot of thought has gone into not only a project that meets all the necessary guidelines, but can also be integrated within the community, so ultimately, we are confident that it should receive its approvals. We are very much committed to proceeding.”
He acknowledged community opposition to the project, but suggested there is “a spectrum” of opinion. “There are some strong supporters,” he said, as well as “people who are more ambivalent, and there are those who are dead set against it.” As the meeting got underway, no one in the school gym seemed ambivalent, and if there were any strong supporters among the combative crowd, they kept it to themselves. Read article