Rob Learn — North Bay Nipissing News — March 12, 2015
MATTAWA – It was a message loud enough and clear enough that the proponent of a controversial wind energy project couldn’t ignore or deny on Friday night at a community meeting in Mattawa.
François Morin, senior development manager with Innergex, said the company needs to re-examine its proposal to install 50 to 60 wind turbines north of the Mattawa River and address community concerns the $350 million investment is raising.
“If we can’t gather enough support that will be the end of the project,” said Morin. “But I am going to continue to speak with the people here and listen and hopefully work with them.”
Morin made the comments at the end of a two-hour session at the Mike Rodden Arena’s community hall where about 200 people listened to nearly a dozen speakers argue against the proposed installation in Olrig and Mattawan townships.
“When it comes to the quality of life in our township I can ensure all here tonight that we the council of the municipality of Mattawan Township and our residents are neither complacent nor gullible,” Mattawan mayor Peter Murphy said. “We will oppose this project at every opportunity and every forum.”
The meeting was organized by Chief Clifford Batien of the Mattawa/North Bay Algonquin First Nation and Chief Dave Joanisse of Antoine First Nation and attracted MP Jay Aspin and MPP Vic Fedeli along with a host of local mayors.
Both chiefs spoke about the ongoing treaty negotiations between the Algonquin First Nations and the provincial and federal governments and the key role Crown land is playing in the dealings. The proposed wind turbines would rest solely on Crown land. Continue reading here……