The North Gower Wind Action Group recently sent out a news release to announce that we had hired an environmental law firm to advise on how to protect local residents regarding the Marlborough wind turbine development. Chair Gary Chandler was quoted as saying, “It’s a shame that Ontario citizens now have to hire lawyers to find out what’s going on in the wind energy development process, and to protect people’s health and property values.”
Why was this necessary? Because the process in Ontario leaves out municipalities, and citizens…we have virtually no say in the process and the approval process is completely focused on getting these developments up and running. The wind developers do their own environmental assessments and, although citizens have the opportunity to review and comment, and request that the Ontario Ministry of the Environment do its own assessment, not one project in Ontario has ever seen that happen.
It is true that Prowind is following the process, but if it was so great, why are more than 50 municipalities/towns protesting?
And we’ve seen the results across Ontario: noise injected into the environment, worst at night; vibration and “infrasound”; bird kills; and more.
Prowind responded with a letter to the editor of the newspaper in Arnprior, Ontario. You can read it here: