MPP Todd Smith’s Feb 2 town hall was a big success

Cumulative impact of wind turbines -- Prince Edward County to Wolfe Island

More than 300 County residents filled St. Andrews Church to overflowing on February 2 to participate in MPP Todd Smith’s town hall on wind energy in Prince Edward County.
There were a number of presentations, the major theme being the natural environment of the County’s South Shore and the shoreline and waters east of the County over to Wolfe Island..  Particular attention was given to the damage that would be caused by Gilead Power’s Ostrander Point project.  Other topics addressed included human health, property values and natural justice.

Point to Point PEC Foundation made a short but intriguing presentation on extending the St. Lawrence Islands National Park to include the South Shore and adjacent marine area.  Nipissing MP and PC Energy Critic Vic Fedeli spoke on the implications of the McGuinty government’s renewable energy policy.

There was a one-hour period for questions and comments from attendees and many people took the opportunity to speak.  Visitors from Wolfe Island (86 turbines in operation) and Amherst Island (37 turbines proposed) spoke of their experiences and their fears, respectively.

Attendance and participation at the meeting demonstrated the solidarity of County residents in their opposition to large-scale, uncontrolled wind energy development in the County.  Todd Smith’s initiative in proposing the meeting, and Mitch Heimpel’s work to organize it are much appreciated.

For a more complete account by CountyLive, see http://countylive.ca/blog/?p=22184 .  There will be video available at a later date.

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Posted on February 4, 2012, in Advocacy / politics / legal, Natural environment, Ostrander Point. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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