...Marcelle Brooks of Middlesex Lambton Wind Concern. “It’s a fabulous step forward for Lambton Shores.”United Front - Sarnia This Week - Ontario, CA:
LAMBTON COUNTY - Three Lambton municipalities plan to present a united front as wind energy companies blow into north and central Lambton placing hundreds of turbines on rural property.
The Ontario government took away municipalities planning rights for green energy projects in the Green Energy Act. But communities are beginning to fight back as it becomes clear the scope and number of the projects on the books.
In Lambton Shores, Plympton-Wyoming and Enniskillen Township there are several major projects in the works, two of which have already been given energy contracts under the Feed In Tariff program - The Cedar Point Wind Project by Suncor and NextEra’s Jericho project. They are meeting together to find things they can do to protect residents in the face of the turbines.
“Some of the things other municipalities are doing they have no jurisdiction to do,“ says Lambton Shores Mayor Bill Weber. “We want stuff we can do.”
Weber points to Plympton-Wyoming’s bylaw requiring a $200,000 bond per turbine and two kilometer setback as things which he believes aren’t permitted under the Green Energy Act.
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“Our municipalities have to remember that their primary duty is to protect the people in their community regardless of what the Green Energy Act says...regardless of whether it can be acted on, they’ve done due diligence whether or not it can be acted on.”