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Alnwick/Haldimand Township places moratorium on wind projects

Valerie MacDonald — Northumberland Today — March 3, 2013

ALNWICK/HALDIMAND TOWNSHIP – With a packed council chambers backing The Alliance for the Protection of Northumberland Hills’s presentation against two industrial wind turbine farms near Grafton and Centreton on the Oak Ridges Moraine, Alnwick/Haldimand Township councillors concurred during last week’s meeting.

In addition, councillors agreed to recommendations from the group that would halt further wind developments until health and safety issues are adequately addressed through study and regulation and will forward the resolution about a moratorium to all the municipalities in the Oak Ridges Moraine area, as well as to the government ministries involved in Green Energy Act approvals, plus a few other ministries.

“Council passed the resolution as presented,” said Deputy Mayor Ray Benns who chaired the meeting.

In part, it stated: “To place an immediate moratorium on approvals of industrial wind farms until such time as low frequency noise and infrasound from industrial wind turbines is reviewed and mitigated through the REA approval process and based on conclusive and independent clinical health studies that eliminate the potential of adverse impacts to health, safety and well being of the public.”

Mayor Dalton Mcdonald previously declared he had a conflict of interest due to the fact that he rents land near one of the wind projects and lives close to the other end of the project. The remaining five councillors supported the resolution and Benns, as chair, did not vote.

“I have to stay neutral,” he said.

With the mayor’s conflict of interest, Benns said he anticipated chairing more meetings in the future.

“The key issue here is the well being of people, the aesthetic beauty of the Moraine and Northumberland County,” Alliance presenter Tyne Bonebakker said in a subsequent interview.

“I see a rapid shift in public opinion,” he added.

People generally have supported green energy but as health issues related to industrial wind turbines are brought to light there has been a turnaround, he said.   Continue reading, here….

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