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Hudak calls on Chiarelli to Enforce the Laws Regarding Turbines

Amanda Moore — Grimsby Lincoln News — February 28, 2014

WEST LINCOLN — Tim Hudak has renewed the call for a province-wide moratorium on new industrial wind turbine projects.

Last week, in an open letter to Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli, Hudak requested the Liberals implement an immediate moratorium on future projects in light of “the recent chaos” in West Lincoln.

The chaos the Ontario PC Leader is referring to is the revelation that four of the five HAF Wind Energy turbines do not meet setback requirements established by the ministry. Hudak said the ministry’s response is “unacceptable.” Since The News reported on the issue, it has come to light that four of the turbines infract on the minimum property line setback distance, rather than three as initially reported.

“The notion that the government is forgiving turbines that are breaking the law is just wrong,” Hudak told The News.  “What they should do is stop them. Put in a moratorium. And secondly, enforce the law. If the turbines don’t sit with the law, take them out.”

Hudak has called on his Liberal counterparts numerous times to initiate an immediate moratorium on wind projects due to ongoing concerns of Ontarians in relation to health, plummeting property values and a loss of democratic rights. The Niagara West-Glanbrook MPP says the government needs to scrap the expensive Green Energy Act and focus on putting Ontario’s economy back on track — which includes reining in out-of-control energy costs.

“I’m not going to give up,” said Hudak. “It’s [moratorium] the right thing to do to get power rates under control and to restore local decision making. I’m not going to give up until that’s done.”

Hudak said the Liberal’s “expensive energy experiment” is a failure that has done nothing but drive hydro bills through the roof, cost Ontario jobs and divide communities down the middle. Hudak’s plan to put Ontario back on track was introduced Feb. 18, when legislature resumed. His Million Jobs Act will be debated at Queen’s Park Thursday.  Finish reading article here….

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