OFA calls for halt of expansion of wind turbine plans

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GUELPH—Escalating concerns about industrial wind turbines has prompted the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) to urge the province of Ontario to suspend further development until farm families and rural residents are assured that their interests are adequately protected.

The OFA unveiled its strong stance in a new position statement on industrial wind turbines that will be presented to government later this month.

Since 2007, when the development of industrial wind turbines began in Ontario, the OFA has worked with government on regulations, cautioned farmer members on the pitfalls of wind leases and expressed concerns about pricing. Many of these issues have not been addressed, the OFA states in a release, causing tremendous tension among rural residents and community neighbours.

“We are hearing very clearly from our members that the wind turbine situation is coming to a head, seriously dividing rural communities and even jeopardizing farm succession planning,” said OFA President Mark Wales. “The onus is on our provincial government to ensure the interests of rural Ontarians are protected. OFA is speaking up to clearly outline the issues that must be addressed right now.” Read article

6 thoughts on “OFA calls for halt of expansion of wind turbine plans

  1. “OFA is speaking up to clearly outline the issues that must be addressed right now”

    Hey, Mr. Wales – you don’t think you’re jumping in a bit early, do you? Do you think maybe you should hold off on these wild statements for a couple more years – you know – make sure you really know which way the wind is blowing? (Sorry, couldn’t help myself!)

    You might also want to check with someone to find out which way is up. Then you could survey your members and see if you still have any credibility with anyone.

    Farmers definitely need a new organization to represent them.

    Good Lord! After 5 years of this nonsense, the OFA suddenly thinks there might be reasons for concern? What brought this up?

  2. When farmers found out that the OFA promoted the pasage of the Green energy Act thay should have quit this organization.
    Continuing to be a member enabled this to go on for the past five years.
    Too many people think they can have it both ways.

  3. Always interesting to see how the OFA likes to play both sides of the fence by claiming how they support the move away from fossil fuel towards renewables when part of their recent mandate is to push our provincial gov’t to commit to expanding the natural gas infrastructure in Ontario. Why is that? Is it because NG is cheap, efficient, and reliable unlike renewables like wind energy which OFA originally helped promote in the early years by providing public meetings for wind developers to contact their membership. And despite the fact that industrial wind is preoccupying the rural agenda, nothing is noted in their Agenda for Growth to actually address the impacts. Just as interesting is their mandate for Farmland preservation which has seen losses of thousands of acres due to turbines and solar panels placed onto prime Ag. lands and environmentally sensitive areas across S.W. Ontario. Despite their tentative admission that the push for green has been nothing more than a boondoggle, what is OFA doing to strike the balance for the province’s power requirements and local autonomy regarding land use? After reading this, I can only feel that it’s too late and too little and makes me again reconsider my membership as a farmer in their organization. – See more at: http://www.manitoulin.ca/ontario-federation-of-agriculture-calls-for-halt-of-expansion-of-wind-turbine-plans/#sthash.c7oOeqYf.dpuf

  4. Wynne gets a little help from her friends @ the OFA;
    and, it appears the OFA has ordered up ‘interests’ – of all rural Ontarians;
    and, those ‘interests’ – must be protected.

    ‘[excerpt] “We are hearing very clearly from our members that the wind turbine situation is coming to a head, seriously dividing rural communities and even jeopardizing farm succession planning,” said OFA President Mark Wales. “The onus is on our provincial government to ensure the interests of rural Ontarians are protected. OFA is speaking up to clearly outline the issues that must be addressed right now.”’

    Gee – it appears I don’t have a brain.

  5. This load of hooey from the OFA takes the cake.

    Mark Wales and Neil Tarlton are suckers and blowers extraordinaire!

    Boy, did the OFA ever straighten out those Liberals.
    Changes to the GEA are surely imminent … not!

    But don’t you worry none, at the next big agricultural soiree, Mark will be knees to the ground kissing Kathleen’s red wellies, just to show there’s been no hard feelings.

    The OFA needs to pull itself out of this free fall before all remaining credibility is lost.

  6. Isn’t this OFA membership renewal time again?

    Sunshine Hours, Jan.13, 2014
    “Baby Birds Doomed By Lightbulb Ban”
    Request for incandescent bulbs donations.
    Incandescent light bulbs are sed to provide warmth for injured and recovering birds.
    They also sever an important role in incubation.
    http://sunshinehours.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/baby-birds-doomed-by-lightbulb-ban

    Cityslicker environmentalists fail to think issues through before pushing their agenda on the public.

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