By Dan Dakin, St. Catharines Standard
Like a giant fan blade slicing through the air, the debate over wind turbines in rural Ontario settings has pitted neighbours against neighbours and torn friendships apart. There’s little room for grey in the argument. In this special report, Standard reporter Dan Dakin looks at the issue through the eyes of each side.
He’s a farmer from West Lincoln who has signed on the dotted line to have an industrial wind turbine built on his property. His name? At his request, we can’t tell you because the man is afraid of the repercussions of going public.
The Niagara Region Wind Corp. wants to build 77 turbines on private land across West Niagara. To do so, it has signed 77 lease deals worth $50,000 annually for each turbine for the next 20 years. The farmer above said he has absolutely no concerns over health issues or decreased land value that the No side maintains is the problem with wind power generation. Read article