St. Catharines Standard
WAINFLEET – As far as wind turbines are concerned — Andrew Watts says they blow. During a public meeting in Wainfleet township council chambers Tuesday night, Watts pleaded with Niagara Region Wind Corp. (NRWC) to stop moving forward with its proposed Wainfleet wind turbine farm until “you know what you are doing.”
Watts was one of several residents to offer comments at the meeting to receive input toward NRWC’s municipal consultation component required in the Renewable Energy Approval process. A municipal consultation form requests comments from the township on the use of municipal lands and infrastructure, landscaping, emergency management procedures, and building permit requirements as they relate to the proposed wind farm. The company is proposing to build up to five three-megawatt turbines on private lands, but including the use of municipal lands for the construction, operation, and decommissioning of the project.
Wainfleet hired Jones Consulting Group Ltd. to review NRWC’s application and documents and offer comments, which will become part of the renewable energy approval process. Watts said the Jones report questioned a lack of documentation from NRWC that should be in the renewable energy approval package and felt it was “appalling” the company would come forward without that work. “They are a private, for profit company that still hasn’t got their paperwork together.” Read article