Strathroy Age Dispatch, Jacob Robinson
Even though construction has begun on a wind energy project in their own backyard, the Middlesex Lambton Wind Action Group is continuing to fight. With longtime activist Esther Wrightman of Adelaide-Metcalfe and Muriel Allingham of North Middlesex leading the way, the group staged a rally Jan. 31 that began in Parkhill. About 15 vehicles – many carrying signs and messages of their disapproval – convoyed through parts of the area that energy giant Nextera has earmarked for wind turbine construction as part of its Adelaide Project.
Wrightman and the group have battled proposed wind energy projects for years, and although it’s an uphill climb, they’re determined to stay the course. “There has been a lot of support – there’s also a lot of letdown because now that it’s here, it feels like an invasion,” Wrightman said minutes before the protest began. “People feel like they don’t have anything else they can do, so part of the reason we do protests is to get people together, rally and say, ‘we’re standing together on this, we still object, we still will object and these guys aren’t welcome.’”
Declining property values and the project’s affects on both Mother Nature and nearby residents are just a few issues the group has with the turbines – not to mention cost to the taxpayers. “Today, we want to let these (Nextera) people know that they’re not welcome in our community – this is our community and their presence in our community is destroying our property values, it’s destroying our neighbourhoods, it’s (pitting) neighbour against neighbour,” Allingham noted. “It’s creating a community that we don’t want to live in anymore.” Read article