Kincardine council first to sign on to municipal coalition to regulate noise from wind turbines

Chatham Kent wind turbines from Lake Erie and Rondeau Bay15By Steven Goetz, Kincardine News
Kincardine council is the first to officially pledge support and funds toward a proposed municipal coalition to draft and defend a noise nuisance bylaw regulating industrial wind turbines. The decision follows a presentation at the Jan. 9 council meeting from North Perth Councillor Warren Howard on behalf of a working group of local anti-wind activists and representatives from at least 21 municipalities.

The group proposes a coalition of municipalities to share the cost to draft a noise nuisance bylaw targeting wind turbines and to defend the bylaw in court against expected challenges from wind companies and the Ontario government.

The proposal relies on the legal opinion of a lawyer hired by local anti-wind group HALT, which says that powers in the Municipal Act related to “health, safety and well-being of persons” and to regulate “public nuisances” are unaffected by Ontario’s controversial Green Energy Act (GEA), which strips municipal zoning and planning powers related to renewable energy projects and has paved the way for dozens of large wind projects across the province. Read article

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