by Kris Svela, Wellington Advertiser
WELLINGTON NORTH – This township has joined a growing list of communities across Ontario that have passed resolutions opposing wind turbine development within their boundaries.
Council on Monday approved a resolution declaring the township “not a willing host.” It also approved three similar resolutions submitted for support from three other communities, including Minto. Wind turbine opponents, who packed the council chambers, applauded the decision.
Since 2010 the township’s economic development committee has been in talks with a company interested in establishing a turbine project split 50-50 between Wellington North and neighbouring Southgate Township. Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES) has been looking at the project and has met several times with the committee with plans to erect turbines in the Conn area of Wellington North.
At the Sept. 9 council meeting, the township’s business economic development manager Dale Small made a pitch to council not to pass the resolution. Small noted the recent announcement by the provincial government aimed at giving municipalities greater input into wind turbine developments failed to give municipal council’s the authority to halt projects. Read article