Peter Epp, London Free Press
[excerpt] Yet there is something else that is troubling about the authority’s [St. Clair Region Conservation Authority] response. How is it that this agency of the Ontario government can so zealously guard the environmental integrity of its watershed, and yet the same provincial government pays little heed to the consequences of its Green Energy program – even when that program takes in the same watershed?
Chatham-Kent is dotted with hundreds of wind turbines, and Lambton County is beginning to catch up, and most of these installations are located on farmland and built on foundations containing tons of concrete, concrete that will likely remain long after the turbines are gone.
It’s a curious paradox. Here we have a farmer who wants to grow corn on land formally used as a golf course, and he’s forced to walk a gauntlet of environmental red tape. But there is no such difficult path for the corporation that intends to build a wind turbine and leave behind a concrete legacy. Read article