Light winds have not silenced the residents of Carson Road, who have come to blows in the last year over several wind turbines.
By David Judd
The fight against wind turbines proposed near Port Ryerse has become more public and more personal.
Forty protesters waved signs and handed out information sheets last Wednesday on normally quiet Gilbert Road.
The road dead ends at the home of Anne and Wally Faulkner, a short distance from Lake Erie, west of Port Dover.
The unlikely occasion for the protest was the summer picnic of the Port Dover and Woodhouse Horticultural Society.
Society president Anne Faulkner hosted the picnic in her gardens.
The protesters had no bone to pick with the horticultural society. In fact, one prominent sign thanked the society for beautifying Port Dover and Woodhouse.
But the protesters, mostly from the Port Ryerse area backed by contingents from Haldimand and West Lincoln, strongly objected to the Faulkners and their neighbours — the Smiths, the Steinhoffs and the Woolleys — leasing land for four industrial wind turbines planned for the Port Ryerse Wind Farm. Continue reading article at: http://www.portdovermapleleaf.com/opposed-health-and-property-are-at-high-risk/
Date: July 31
Place: Imperial Theatre, 168 Christina N, SarniaMAP
Activists fighting industrial wind turbine projects in rural Lambton County are taking their message to Sarnia residents at a public meeting July 31. Ingrid Willemsen, a member of We’re Against Industrial Turbines – Plympton-Wyoming (WAIT-PW), said it’s organizing the town hall meeting at Sarnia’s Imperial Theatre, 7 p.m., along with Conservation of Rural Enniskillen (CORE) and the Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group (MLWAG).
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Just like many of you wind warriors out there, my husband and I have written many letters to our Liberal MPP’s, Ministers, and their aids…we’ve even tried phoning their offices…being “passed around” to the next and the next person with no avail. With the phone calls, it gets very frustrating because we literally are talking to people who have “NO CLUE” or background info on what we are talking about…and in my opinion, are mostly ignorant to the issues facing Rural Ontario.
Did you know that all Ministers including the Premier have 15 days to respond to our letters?
We have now resorted to consulting with Ontario’s Ombudsman. In my area alone (and I’m sure this is happening all over Ontario), we have recently submitted over 50 letters & counting, to the Ombudsman. Many letters are months old and have serious concerns from local residents. Responses have been requested in all emails or letters. It is very sad that now we must resort to begging for a response to the many questions/concerns we expect our government to answer.
I encourage you all to send the Ombudsman your emails/letters which have gone unanswered. Blanket, Propaganda responses do not count either….here is the contact info below:
Thanks goes out to “Bonnie” for coordinating this effort for us in the Haldimand, West Lincoln and Wainfleet areas!
I’m a farmer, township trustee and participating landowner in the Shady Oaks Wind Farm where I have four turbines on my land within a half mile of my home. When I signed up, corn was a third of today’s price, and there are other things I wish I would’ve known before signing.
First, the company’s business strategy is to name and sell the idea of a wind development to another company for construction once it’s approved. After securing acreage for Shady Oaks, they sold the project to a Chinese wind turbine manufacturer and partner of theirs. The original company disappeared after the project changed hands, and the number of turbines grew from 30 to 72.
Now nine months after construction, the township is still waiting for $800,000 to fix the roads. Second, they destroy crops and roads with no regard to landowners. They used nonparticipating farm fields as driveways, tile was crushed, and no one would listen to our complaints. There’s still damage to roads that trucks weren’t supposed to use but did anyway. Read the whole testimony at: http://fairwindenergy.org/testimony.html
July 24, 2013 – Manitoulin Expositor
As evidenced by the large barge in the North Channel or numerous cement trucks headed to and from the Green Bush, construction is well underway on the McLean’s Mountain Wind Limited Partnership’s (a joint project between Mnidoo Mnising Power General Patership Inc. and Northland Power Inc.) wind farm. Continue reading at: http://www.manitoulin.ca/2013/07/24/wind-farm-moves-ahead-on-land-and-under-water/
Discontent is growing in Denmark about the health effects of wind turbines. The Health Minister promises independent studies.
Kolding is Denmark’s 7th largest city with 57,000 inhabitants. Its jurisdiction extends 605 km2 and includes a total of 89,000 inhabitants (76,000 for Sønderborg).
Adds Dr Mauri Johansson, EPAW’s spokesman for Scandinavia: “During the last 12 months, several smaller municipalities had done the same, in spite of strong pressure from government. They are not satisfied with the noise regulations, and demand that independent studies (i.e. objective ones) be done concerning the effects of wind turbines on health. Continue Reading at: Danish Cities put a Moratorium
The findings also contradict the NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) hypothesis, meaning those who don’t support turbines locally do not support them generally. In this case, Baxter argues the NIMBY hypothesis is not helpful for understanding why people support/oppose or feel impacted by turbines. ”Health is really front and centre,” says Baxter. “Literature suggests that how people feel about the look of turbines in the landscape, aesthetically speaking, is one of the best predictors of turbine support but that is not the case in our study.”
A new study from Western University shows the winds of change may be blowing when it comes to operating large-scale turbines in rural Ontario. In “A case-control study of support/opposition to wind turbines: Perceptions of health risk, economic benefits, and community conflict,” published recently by Energy Policy, Jamie Baxter from Western’s Department of Geography and his team explore the conundrum that while a relatively strong majority of rural Ontarians actually living with turbines in their farming communities (69 per cent) support them, the level of positive feedback in the control community was surprisingly low (25 per cent).
Baxter concludes that the results from the control group signal that rural Ontario may, in the future, want to close their doors for business where turbines are concerned and that a more radical retooling may be needed for sustainable turbine policy.
The findings also contradict the NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) hypothesis…
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