You’ve heard the story no doubt about the camel who put his nose in the door of the tent and gradually moved a little bit more, a little bit more, until eventually, the entire camel was inside the tent.
That’s exactly what happens with wind turbine projects. Look at the Shelburne area in Ontario: the original proposal was for 20 and now there are 133 with 100 more proposed, and dozens more all over the surrounding area. The Big Thunder project in Thunder Bay is nominally 18 turbines but when a councillor pressed the company at a recent open house, the company had to admit that yes, what was on their official application was for 18 now, then 32 more in Phase II and 50-60 more in Phase III. You can bet the reaction would be a little different if they had come out initially saying they would build 100 turbines, rather than 18.
Wolfe Island started with 24 and grew to 86; hundreds more are proposed for offshore from the island.
So what are just eight to 10 industrial wind turbines in the south Ottawa area? Perhaps, just the beginning.
You can contact the North Gower Wind Action Group at firstname.lastname@example.org