Sarnia Observer, Barbara Simpson
Jutting a thumbs-up out the window of a black SUV, Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper arrived at the Sarnia courthouse to a hero’s welcome Wednesday morning. About 30 demonstrators cheered and waved signs of support as the mayor rolled into the courthouse for the first day of the hearing into Suncor’s lawsuit against the Town of Plympton-Wyoming.
Sporting a sign listing the names of town councillors deemed ‘our heroes,’ Plympton-Wyoming resident Audrey Chapman said she applauded town council’s resolve to refuse to back down against the wind developer. “They decided to take the big corporation on,” she said. “It’s a David and Goliath situation.”
Suncor is suing the town over a series of bylaws meant to protect the interests of Plympton-Wyoming residents when it comes to wind energy projects. These include turbines being built at least two kilometres from neighbours – up from the 550-metre setback currently required by the province – and wind companies paying a $200,000 deposit per turbine to ensure each one is taken down at the end of its lifespan. Read article