by Dean Dean Fitzsimmons, Campobello Island, NB
I am a retired Chief Warrant Officer (30 yrs – RCAF) who made my career in demolition/ bombs/ safety etc. and taught safety practices to the RCMP as well as military personnel. I was born on Campobello Island, NB, and now have retired here.
Last year without the knowledge of residents in the peaceful hamlet of Welshpool, Campobello island, a project was approved by our newly formed and inexperienced Rural Community of Campobello Council, and who also sent a letter of support for the project initiated by an American resident who owns land here who started the project through a little known American wind turbine company.
We have a documented paper which happened to highlight a study on the same company and model number projected to be erected here which states the absolute contrary to what the turbine company has stated, and which is parroted by our Mayor! The residents of Welshpool are totally opposed to this project. The proposed average setback distance is approximately ½ mile however; a motel, restaurant and bakery are situated much closer! Our Council has remained silent and does not take our grave concerns regarding the unsafe setback, ice chard throw, possible turbine malfunction andfire (dangerous on a small island), devaluation of property, infra and lowfrequency noise that is so detrimental to health issues (especially those with pre-existing conditions of which there are many!) into consideration, developing a cavalier approach to it all.
Our elected representative for our ward did not even notify us regarding this project and no topical agendas for the meetings were posted. We have all made numerous protests through the Council, our representative, our Provincial and Federal representatives, aswell as other avenues at our disposal. We have a vast collection of documents written by the scientific community that are documented and credible. We are opposed to the turbine being erected in our small community! Yet the beat apparently goes on, with no response from anybody! We are being victimized by big dollars and green greed while everybody knows, around the world, that the wind turbines are unsustainable and not viable. It is all about green credits, subsidies and land leased rental fees, regardless of the detrimental effects to the victims forced to live within unsafe parameters of the wind turbines. They are taking them down in Germany as they have recognized the problems and are scurrying to build coal generating and nuclear plants! Where is the wakeup call for the government and local officials? We need your help.
Please write a letter of support, against the installation of this turbine in our peaceful community of Welshpool! We need responsible citizens of Canada to stand up with us and for us.
We are getting desperate for support although many wonderful organizations have been so very helpful and we are most appreciative, we are not making any headway that we can track thus far, after weeks of work!
Direct as follows and thank you
924 Rte 774 – Unit 3
Welshpool, NB E5E 1B1
Tel: (506) 752-9181
Fax: (506) 752-2961