Chris Halliday, Orangeville Banner
A trio of new, larger wind turbines will soon dot the landscape of Amaranth Township. The province approved the Whittington Wind Project on Friday (Feb. 15). Proposed by Mississauga-based wpd Canada Corporation, the project will see three 145-metre tall wind turbines (ground to blade tip) installed on lands bordered by 20th Sideroad to the north, 15th Sideroad to the south, 2nd Line of Amaranth to the west and Mono-Amaranth Townline to the east.
“We believe the application we had was a solid application. It met all of the (province’s) requirements,” said Kevin Surette, manager of communications for wpd Canada Corporation, noting construction could begin as early as this fall. “We did all the necessary studies,” he added. “The ministry found that our work was satisfactory and decided to let us move forward.”
Amaranth Mayor Don MacIver certainly didn’t welcome news of the Whittington Wind Project’s approval. Both his municipality and Dufferin County have requested the province place a moratorium on all wind projects until results of Health Canada’s study into the potential health effects of wind turbines are known. “The province doesn’t seem to want to listen,” MacIver said. “Where is the priority in this government? Pieces of metal or people?” Read article