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