Turbines not welcome in unique community, farmer says

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LISTOWEL – North Perth council was encouraged to maintain a strong opposition to a proposed wind turbine project at their meeting on Monday, hearing from a local dairy farmer. Farmer Steve Dolson delivered a presentation to council on May 6, outlining a scenario for the community if a wind turbine project from Invenergy Canada moves ahead.

In a case study of a wind turbine project from the Ripley area, Dolson showed that many residents left their homes and have put them up for sale, leaving empty barns across the community. “This is what can happen in a community when the turbines come in,” Dolson said. “When the livestock leave and the people leave, the community will suffer a great deal.” Dolson expects the situation in North Perth would be even more devastating, due to a higher concentration of livestock operations. “Compared to North Perth, there were hardly any livestock operations,” he said. “When you intensify that with livestock operations, it’s a scary thought.”

Dolson stated that farmers won’t be the only ones impacted if turbines are constructed across North Perth. Dolson listed feed dealerships, large animal veterinarians and sales barns as just some of the support businesses that could be endangered by the wind turbine project. Read article

8 thoughts on “Turbines not welcome in unique community, farmer says

  1. I appreciate the fact that North Perth is fighting for North Perth but it is my opinion we need to support one another and work together to stop this madness.These IWT are no better in Lambton County, Wellington County or Niagara etc than they are in North Perth. The Countries that Ontario has modeled this insanity after are headed down the road of bankruptcy and so are we. Lets fight for all of Ontario not just our little corner.

  2. Compare this situation to an insect infestation across Ontario where each community has to first rid itself of the bugs and then go help other communities to do the same.

    • similar to a PARASITIC infestation of a “Non-willing Host”?
      IWTs = parasites
      Communities = unwilling hosts

      • You might wish to voice your opinions to the Dairy Farmers of Ontario and the Dairy Farmers of Canada. I also told them that many of the dairy farmers in our area are host farmers. I am cross border shopping for dairy products. (I realize not everyone can do that) But let the farmers hear your voices!!!

    • yes – think globally, act locally. Any argument against the turbines is good. Easier to get local support for a local concern – and they know their local situation. They are still adding to the growing chorus. It gets harder and harder to brush us off as a few discontented Nimbys who didn’t get contracts. lol Welcome aboard, North Perth.

      • Sarah – cross border for dairy – are you aware that you are getting synthetic hormones courtesy of Monsanto? And Monsanto makes the wind companies look like the saviours of the planet. They are a seriously evil company. The synthetic hormones can cause neurological and genetic problems. Their dairy is cheaper because of BGH ( I think) which Canada, fortunately, still doesn’t allow, but Harper will probably let that in when he thinks we’re not looking.

  3. North Perth council –
    to ponder – economic development & ‘tourism’

    ‘[excerpt] In a case study of a wind turbine project from the Ripley area, Dolson showed that many residents left their homes and have put them up for sale, leaving empty barns across the community. “This is what can happen in a community when the turbines come in,” Dolson said.’

    The evidence is ugly!

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