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Wainfleet drives summit on wind turbines

Luke Edwards — Niagara This Week — December 17, 2012

There are 91 municipalities, almost exclusively small and rural communities, currently dealing with wind turbine issues. Instead of having 91 separate, small voices, Wainfleet Township is hoping to create one strong, uniformed voice.

“We’re trying to see if we can get these communities together and see what they’re thinking,” said Ald. Betty Konc.

The township is planning on hosting a turbine summit in late January or early February at the Jericho House. Since the township joined the group of Ontario municipalities calling for a moratorium on wind turbines Konc said she’s “been mentioning many times to many people” that the township should organize some sort of summit.

After not gaining much traction she went to the Wainfleet Ratepayers Association, thinking a summit organized by the association and endorsed by the township might be the way to go. Mayor April Jeffs came around, however, and council agreed to host the summit themselves.

“Do they (other municipalities) have any plans on doing something as bold as what Wainfleet did?” she said about one of the key questions she has.

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