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
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
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
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