Roger Buurma says it is time for farmers to work together when the wind energy companies come to town. The Watford area farmer was one of about two-dozen people who crammed the Brooke-Alvinston Council Chambers when NextEra came to explain what it is planning for the Hardy Creek Wind Energy Center (see story on page 3).
After the meeting, a group of landowners and neighbours huddled on the front steps of the council chambers with Buurma to figure out they can do in the face of another multi-turbine project. Buurma is concerned wind companies are using a divide and conquer approach to convince landowners to sign wind leases. “All the farmers I’ve talked to, even if they are opposed to wind turbines, say ‘if we have to look at it I might as well sign up.’ It’s all negative; they’re not in favour saying ‘I like it’ but rather they’re signing because of what I’ll call fear and greed.”
And Buurma says the wind companies play into that, telling farmers their neighbours have signed so they might as well get in on the action. “They are signing up hoping they will be one of the lucky ones saying ‘hopefully it will be on my property not his.’” Read article