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West Lincoln petition backs setback for wind turbines

Dan Dakin — St. Catharines Standard — February 11, 2013

WEST LINCOLN – WEST LINCOLN — Call it a do-it-yourself referendum.

When West Lincoln township council decided not to pass a bylaw requiring a two-kilometre setback for industrial wind turbines, Cheryl Jeffery took matters into her own hands.

The Wellandport resident’s home will have four turbines within one kilometre of it, if a $500-million wind farm development moves forward as planned. So she held her own unofficial community vote in an attempt to convince council to reconsider.

“I don’t think council understands there are a lot of people that don’t want these,” she said during a West Lincoln township planning committee meeting Monday night at South Lincoln high school.

“I wanted to put a little pressure on council to tell them this community is speaking to them.”

Jeffery said she spent $1,000 to mail 3,500 flyers to homes across West Lincoln asking for votes on a two-kilometre setback — which would be nearly four times the 550-metre minimum set out by the Green Energy Act.

Jeffery said of the 1,270 responses she received, 1,231 agreed with a two-kilometre setback, 22 disagreed and 17 didn’t want turbines to be built at all regardless of setback rules.

Though council wasn’t planning on voting on the two-kilometre setback Monday, Ald. Alexander Micallef, who has previously suggested asking for the bylaw, said it has made him reconsider the idea.

“The thought has always been there, but my hold-back right now is to see what happens with Wainfleet,” he said, referring to the nearby municipality that’s defending itself in court after being sued for enacting a similar two-kilometre bylaw.

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(Editor’s Note:  Well done Cheryl!!  One person CAN make a difference! — DQ)
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2 Comments on “West Lincoln petition backs setback for wind turbines”

  1. Admin February 12, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    Kudos to the West Lincoln folks! They are many, they are mad and they’re not taking it anymore: WL Council, wake up! The Wind Developers’ threat of lawsuits is part of the scam, and their repetition of, “it’s illegal” is an opinion, not a fact.

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