Mayor urging township residents to not speak to wind developers

right-to-remain-silentPaul Morden, Sarnia Observer
Enniskillen Township residents should feel free to exercise their right to remain silent when wind energy companies come calling, says Mayor Kevin Marriott. EDF EN Canada has reportedly been approaching residents and groups about its Churchill Wind Project proposal, a 100 to 150-MW wind farm it wants to build in Enniskillen and neighbouring Plympton-Wyoming.

Marriott said he turned down a request from the company to meet with township council, and urged others in the community to do the same. “We’re unwilling hosts,” Marriott said. “We’re not interested, end of discussion.” Enniskillen was among approximately 80 Ontario municipalities declaring themselves unwilling hosts for wind turbines after the provincial government said it was changing how it awards renewable energy contracts.

The 2009 Green Energy Act took away municipalities’ planning powers for wind projects, leading to an outcry from many rural communities and municipal councils. Last year, the province said a new system of awarding renewable energy projects will require companies to work with municipalities. Read article

4 thoughts on “Mayor urging township residents to not speak to wind developers

  1. The Mayor responsibilities is that he or she is chief of there jurisdiction and therefor he or she has the power to say no specially to install a precautionary stop notice on this harm by so many forth coming witnesses. they wheel this power yet are shy about it.
    All you get is back wash and telling local residence to do his or her job.
    Queens park can therefor park there ass back into what they should not be dealing with and that is the communities role and mayor that honours those request from there own jurisdiction.
    And not being a host sounds to polite and that comes from the wicked witch herself. Do something brave. Tell them really were to go and then DO IT! Show we have the authority to protect our communities as they cannot. Quit being the host to the
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  2. Power of the mayor! – ‘end of discussion’
    All politics are Local politics – pass it on;
    and, make it loud!

    ‘[excerpt] Marriott said he turned down a request from the company to meet with township council, and urged others in the community to do the same.

    “We’re unwilling hosts,” Marriott said. “We’re not interested, end of discussion.”‘

    Top Energy Dog:
    ‘[excerpt] “It will be very, very difficult for a developer to be approved without municipal engagement, in some significant way,” Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli said last June.

    But, Marriott said that until the province clarifies what it means by municipal engagement, “We’re being vigilant.”‘

    Ontario:
    Time to Wake Up!
    ‘[excerpt] By early June, Ontario is expected to finalize its plan for awarding contracts for up to 300 megawatts of new wind-generated electricity this year, and a similar amount in 2015.

    “The government has been really wishy-washy on what this new process does consist of,” Marriott said.’

    Thugs!
    Kathleen and Andrea sitt’n in a tree!
    How long do they expect to keep up their ‘kabuki politics’?

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