POWASSAN RESIDENTS FIGHT WIND FARM
Powassan – A visibly distraught Barb Ashbee spoke with passion about what her family endured when wind turbines came to her home town. Ashbee was one of three speakers at a town hall event hosted by STOMP (Stop Turbines On Maplehill Powassan) last night to highlight the negative impacts a proposed industrial wind farm could have on the community.
Upon entering the Powassan Legion more than 130 attendees were greeted by the sound of a wind turbine at 1250 metres piped through the public address system. “People were surprised at how irritating the sound was, even though it represented a turbine more than a kilometre away” said Anne Smith, one of the event organizers. “It really brought home the fact that maybe they haven’t been told the whole truth about ‘green’ energy.”
Ashbee talked about the health effects her family suffered, and how her search for help from the McGuinty government fell on deaf ears. We understand that Ashbee and her husband sold their home to the wind company to escape their nightmare.
Retired pharmacist Carmen Krogh presented scientific data as to why turbine projects should be halted until independent, peer reviewed studies have been completed.
Vic Fedeli, Nipissing MPP and PC Energy Critic spoke about how the McGuinty government is replacing clean, affordable hydro-generated power with wind power. Massive subsidies to wind and solar companies from the United States and Germany are what have caused hydro rates to double. “This is all about Dalton McGuinty’s green agenda” said Fedeli. “He is willing to sacrifice the fiscal health and the industrial base of this province to see his fantasy realized.”
Organizers were pleased that the town hall, the second in Powassan, was so well attended and that momentum seems to be building for their cause. “We want to make sure that everyone from council right up to the Premier understands that residents are not going to roll over and play dead when it comes to wind turbines on Maplehill. The time to speak up is now, and our voices are going to be heard loud and clear” said Smith.
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