Wellington County rejects wind energy process due to concerns on several issues

Chris White

by David Meyer, Wellington Advertiser

GUELPH – Wellington County council has told the Ministry of Environment it has no interest in taking part in the public consultation process that would permit wind turbines to be built in Wellington County.

Council made that decision on Feb. 24 in a closed session, after which Warden Chris White announced the county would make public a letter from its solicitor early this week. Continue reading

Wellington residents want John Wilkinson to clarify statements

Minister of the Environment, John Wilkinson

Greg Layson, Guelph Mercury

GUELPH — Rural residents of Wellington County are demanding to know whether their municipal governments have the right to veto the development of wind farms.

Residents — and the opposition at Queen’s Park, as well — want provincial Environment Minister John Wilkinson to clarify statements he made on the record in May.

Five months ago, Wilkinson, who at the time was the Minister of Revenue, addressed Mapleton Township council. A resident asked him if there was anything the township could do to stop the proliferation of wind farms. Continue reading

Wellington County hears of difficulties and methods to fight wind turbines

War­den Joanne Ross-Zuj

by David Meyer  Wellington Advertiser

GUELPH -County council has sent a legal opinion it ob­tained to fight wind turbines to its planning committee for com­ment.

Council had a report from lawyer Peter Pickfield at its Aug. 12 council meeting. War­den Joanne Ross-Zuj said after the closed meeting the legal opinion will also be sent to all muni­ci­pal staff in the county. County council is taking the lead on ways to oppose wind tur­bine pro­jects where it can in the county, and is working with its lower tier municipalities to do that. Continue reading

Belwood wind farm group takes message to Wellington County

By Francis Baker, News Express Staff, Fergus-Elora News Express, www.centrewellington.com

Groups of wind turbines across the province will be devastating to the rural environment, say members of the Oppose Belwood Wind Farm Association.

“It looks like rural Ontario is under threat” thanks to the province’s Green Energy Act that seems to be pushing wind generating technology, the association’s Janet Vallery told Wellington County councillors last week.

“Rural Ontario in the near future may be faced with 4,200 wind turbines,” she said.

And what’s being planned for the Belwood area and other places around the province aren’t the small windmills some farmers have put up in their fields already, which are about 130 feet tall, Dave Hurlburt told councillors.

“These things are massive,” he said. “They’re much bigger than what we’ve seen in Europe, and much bigger that what we’ve seen in Shelburne.” Continue reading