Andrew Smith has written a compelling, and very informative, report of the June 7th public meeting in Listowel, for the proposed Conestogo industrial wind project.
Chilly reception for Invenergy at Listowel public meeting | Your online newspaper for Southwestern Ontario:
LISTOWEL – The term annoyance gets tossed around a lot when debating wind turbines. No matter what definition though, those in attendance for a public meeting in Listowel were clearly annoyed.Please Read the entire article at southwesternontario.ca
Nearly 200 people attended the first public information centre hosted by Invenergy Canada at the Royal Canadian Legion on June 7, in anticipation of their Conestogo Wind Power Partnership project in North Perth and Perth East.
James Murphy, director of development for Invenergy Canada, explained the proposed 69 MW project would position 27 turbines in the area, though the exact layout for the turbines is yet to be determined. Murphy was also unable to confirm the size of turbines to be used, but that it could be up to 3 MW...
Another question was whether wind turbines would be sited within one km of Elma Public School in Newry, where autistic children receive special education. Knopper said he was not aware of any scientific evidence or studies of people with autism living in proximity to turbines, which brought disagreement from members of the audience.
...dairy farms compose a large portion of the local farming industry, with 12,800 dairy cows producing up to three per cent of the milk in Ontario. With no setback required for livestock operations, the farmer was concerned with how turbines will affect milk production.
“Dairy is the heart and soul of this community, we don’t want to be the guinea pigs,” he said. “Why would you do the experiment on the most dense area for dairy in Ontario?”
Perhaps a question on many people’s minds that night, was how Murphy is able to sleep at night, knowing the project isn’t welcomed in the community. Murphy said since the beginning he has committed to the project to the highest standard possible, and that will continue.Mr. Murphy was recently anointed a member of the Ontario Clean Energy Task Force the McGuinty government has compiled from his ilk, as it displaces the professional planning function of the Ontario Power Authority (see "When is a Plan Not a Plan")