There are now at least 60 municipalities in Ontario demanding the provincial government impose a moratorium on future wind farm development until independent investigations are completed that prove beyond doubt that industrial wind turbines do not pose any health threat to anyone in communities living in the vicinity of wind farms.
At least two such municipalities are initiating legal action against both wind energy companies and the government.
In Wainfleet, a municipality with a council too intimidated and scared to even question either the wind energy companies or the province’s Green Energy Act, we have two local companies who can’t wait to build Wainfleet’s first two wind farms.
IPC Energy has already been awarded a contract by the province to build a wind farm in Wainfleet. Rankin Construction, having lost its bid to be the first, intends to ensure it will be awarded the second wind farm contract in Wainfleet.
Neither has a problem with building wind farms in Wainfleet knowing that under the Green Energy Act, their Wainfleet friends and neighbours don’t have the right to even express an opinion about whether or not they want wind turbines in their township.
So, my challenge to both IPC Energy and Rankin is to put their money where their collective mouths are.
I want them to place one of their industrial wind turbines at the minimum set back distance from each of their private homes in Wainfleet.
I can’t think of any better way to show beyond doubt that whilst both IPC Energy and Rankin Construction should be in the business of making a profit, and I cannot fault them for that, their proposed wind farms are because they believe that what they are doing can only benefit all Wainfleet residents. And that these wind farms will never negatively affect the health of the community, the value of properties close to wind farms or, in fact, harm the Wainfleet community in any way.
Both IPC Energy and Rankin have the influence to do this, so I can’t wait to hear they have accepted my challenge!
Andrew Watts, Port Colborne