Province reviewing Strathroy wind farm- London Free Press
Fri, August 28, 2009 By RANDY RICHMOND
The province has begun reviewing a proposed wind farm that is blowinging up controversy near Strathroy.
But if the past is any indication, that review won’t satisfy opponents who want the province to force the proposal to go under an environmental microscope.
Of the 19 projects wind farm opponents sent to the province for review since January, none have been bumped up to a full environmental assessment, according to the Environment Ministry.
Seven are still under review, but 11 have already been turned down for a full assessment.
One proposal was withdrawn by the proponent.
Wind farm projects usually have to go through an environmental screening, but opponents can ask for a more comprehensive environmental assessment.
Five residents asked that the Adelaide Wind Farm project near Strathroy, proposed by TCI Renewables, be placed under a full environmental assessment, said Environment Ministry spokesperson Kate Jordan.
“These requests are under review now with ministry staff,” Jordan said.
She couldn’t say when the review might be done.
While they wait for word about the review, opponents to the wind farm are continuing their grassroots fight against the project and any future expansion.
Opponents have planned a Sept. 9 open house, where four speakers will outline the potential health and pollution risks of wind farms. Continue reading…