One anti-wind advocate doubtful real change will come
By Debora Van Brenk, The London Free Press
Changes are expected “very soon” to give municipalities more power regarding the location of green energy projects, but it doesn’t instill much hope in a local anti-wind advocate. “I don’t imagine it will take any (wind turbines) down that are there,” said Lisa Michaud, a member of Chatham-Kent Wind Action Group. The Thamesville-area woman joined the group after her family launched a lawsuit against Suncor Energy in 2011. The lawsuit claims they have suffered such symptoms as vertigo, nausea and sleep disruption caused by the Kent Breeze Wind Farm being located near their home. She doesn’t believe any rule changes will have much of an impact, because she feels the Municipality of Chatham-Kent supports green energy projects.
A working group of four Liberal cabinet ministers is reviewing ways to improve the consultation process for green energy projects such as wind and solar installations as well as natural gas power plants, confirmed Beckie Codd-Downey, spokesperson for Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli. She said the group — which involves the ministers of municipal affairs, rural affairs, environment and energy — is looking at a number of options to improve local control. “Going forward, we need to give communities a strong role in the planning process so that we get these decisions right the first time,” Codd-Downey said. While one Liberal source said the new rules might come before provincial legislators take their summer break, Codd-Downey said the timing is not yet set. “The Minister has said he hopes to see something in the near future.”
Michaud said she would like to know what the government’s definition of soon is, asking is it 2013 or 2016? Read article