OFA turbine stance applauded

by Pieter van Hiel, Niagara This Week
Excerpt:   The statement was welcomed by local anti-turbine groups across Ontario, including West Lincoln Wind Action Group (WLWAG), which has been lobbying against proposed turbine projects in west Niagara since late 2010.  WLWAG founder and president Neil Switzer said the OFA statement was a vindication of his group’s work.   “I commend the OFA for having the courage to speak the truth and acknowledge that there are some real serious problems with the industrialization of rural Ontario,” said Switzer. He said the OFA statement was particularly telling, as the group had previously expressed support for wind turbines.  Read article

West Lincoln Residents demand more for turbines

Petition calls for 2km setbacks, full restitution of property value
by Amanda Moore, Niagara This Week
When it comes to wind turbines, West Lincoln residents want more. Distance that is, between their homes and the massive, storeys-tall industrial wind turbines which are being proposed for their community. John Dykstra and his wife Catherine Mitchell appeared before council Monday to talk about setbacks. Under provincial regulations, the minimum setback required for industrial wind turbines is 550 metres plus a maximum noise level of 40 decibels, a distance they argue is nowhere near enough. Read article

Residents decry lack of wind turbine notification

West Lincoln council addresses wind concerns with project proponents

by Amanda Street, Niagara This Week
When Ken Martin wanted to build a shed, he had to go through the planning process. His neighbours were notified of his intentions, and once it was over, he could erect the simple building.  His neighbours, who have optioned their land to Niagara Region Wind Corporation for its 230 megaWatt wind turbine project, were not required to share that information, nor was NRWC required to go through regular planning channels. That’s because the provincial government’s Green Energy Act took decision making away from local municipalities, which is a “grave” concern for Martin and others who shared their thoughts with council Monday night.  Read article

West Lincoln not giving up on wind battle

by Amanda Street, Niagara This Week

Consultant, wind group advise council to look at options

While West Lincoln council won’t be going down without a fight, there may be little it can do to protect residents from industrial wind turbines approved by the province. Continue reading

A call to arms against wind in Niagara Region

Stephana Johnson

by Pieter van Hiel, Niagara This Week

“You’ll have to devote the rest of your days to fighting these, if you allow them to get here in there first place.” That was the message retired schoolteacher and Green Party candidate Stephana Johnston had for West Lincoln residents last Wednesday, at a public information meeting on the alleged negative effects of industrial wind turbines.

Five large wind power turbines are scheduled to be built in West Lincoln in May 2011. More than 450 residents packed the gymnasium of Caistor Centre School for the meeting, which was organization by the newly formed West Lincoln Wind Action Group. Continue reading

Niagara Region Group forms to oppose wind turbines

West Lincoln

by Steve Henschel    Niagara This Week

Their hands may be tied but their mouths aren’t gagged.

This was the message delivered to town council last Monday night by a group of concerned citizens joined together into the West Lincoln Wind Action Group (WLWAG) — a grassroots community organization representing concerns with a proposed wind turbine development by IPC. Continue reading