The authority estimates studies on 15 turbines south of Leamington and Kingsville and on 700 turbines proposed for both lakes could cost more than $250,000.
Concern over turbines surrounding Essex County and anger over having to fund environmental impact studies was clear around the table.
“I don’t think anybody could grasp what could happen with putting this many turbines in our lakes,” said Amherstburg Coun. Rick Fryer.
He said he’s concerned about sediment being stirred up during construction and affecting drinking wather.
Construction of turbines in Lake St. Clair could affect downstream municipalities such as Windsor, he said.
The board agreed to ask the Association of Municipalities of Ontario to approach the provincial government and protest the removal of planning powers in the Green Energy Act and the addition of the financial responsibility to fund studies.