By Susan Hundertmark, Seaforth Huron Expositor
uron East is now an unwilling host for industrial wind turbines (IWTs) and their infrastructure after a unanimous decision by Huron East councillors at their April 2 meeting. However, the close to 60 St. Columban community members who packed the council chambers left angry and disappointed that councillors did not reopen discussion on a second motion that would have created an agreement with St. Columban Energy LP protecting the property values and health concerns of neighbours of the proposed 15-turbine project as well as requiring sound studies before, during and after the completion of the project.
“I am totally disappointed with council,” said HEAT (Huron East Against Turbines) member Gerry Ryan after thanking councillors for passing the motion declaring Huron East an unwilling host for IWTs. “All we’re asking for is for you to protect the people. I thought you would represent us tonight.”
After council held an hour-long closed session to discuss advice from two lawyers, Mayor Bernie MacLellan told the close to 60-person crowd that council would need a two-thirds’ majority to reopen discussion on the proposed agreement with the wind developers, which would ultimately need to be ratified by a bylaw, since Huron East had already explored and turned down the possibility of passing a bylaw to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of its citizens living near industrial wind turbines on Feb. 21, 2012. Read article