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A community group located in Prince Edward County is calling upon Premier-Designate Kathleen Wynne to institute safe setbacks from wind power generation facilities in order to protect the environment and human health. The County Coalition for Safe and Appropriate Green Energy or CCSAGE, released its open letter and a news release today.
The letter is from CCSAGE Chair Garth Manning QC, who says it is abundantly clear that the current setbacks are not adequate and were not based on any scientific evidence. Manning referred to the Auditor-General’s report of 2011, which was critical of the haste and lack of study behind Ontario’s Green Energy Act.
Jane Wilson, President of Wind Concerns Ontario (and Chair of Ottawa Wind Concerns) agrees: “We’re seeing dead birds by the thousand already, and hundreds of people exposed to the environmental noise from wind turbines in this province are now ill. It’s time for the government to step up, admit mistakes have been made, and act to protect the health and safety of people, and the future of the environment.”
Two wind power projects are currently proposed for Prince Edward County, one at Ostrander Point, a “globally significant” Important Bird Area, which is currently under appeal by community and naturalist groups. Hundreds of thousands of birds migrate through the area twice a year. Bird deaths at nearby Wolfe Island are higher than the wind developer there predicted.
The Open letter from CCSAGE may be viewed here: http://ccsage.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/open-letter-jan31-lh-1.pdf
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