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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Wind Farm Projects Proposed

Grey Highlands | by James Greensmith  

Two seperate farms proposed for the Maxwell/Feversham area and Badjeros

 

A pair of wind farm projects are in the works for Grey Highlands, but residents and developers are at odds over the proposal.

The Zero Emission People want to build two separate 10 Megawatt wind farms, with a cluster of five turbines at each site.

The first is called the Skyway 125 Wind Farm Project -- located on privately owned farmland near Maxwell and Feversham.

The second development is the Skyway 126 Cloudy Ridge Project near Badjeros in Grey Highlands.

Dozens of people attended a public meeting in Feversham Wednesday, where the developers were on hand to offer information and answer questions.

Project Manager Bill York says they're currently in the process of conducting environmental studies on at risk and amphibious species.

York admits he has gotten a few calls from residents concerned with health issues, loss of property values and the location of the turbines.

But he notes there is scientific evidence indicating there are no adverse health effects from wind turbines, and property values can actually increase because of the added revenue from hosting a turbine on your property.

However, those answers don't satisfy Grey Highlands resident Lorrie Gillis.

Gillis says she hasn't seen any evidence from the developers that back-up their claims, and some real estate agents have told her there is an automatic decrease in property value if a turbine is even within sight of a home.

She adds the open house seems like every other windfarm proposal - a bunch of posterboards set up in a room, and no one around to answer the serious questions.

As for the next step, York says they'll finish all of their impact studies, then submit an application to the Ministry of Environment for approval.

If they get the green light, the turbines could be operating by the end of 2013.

 

 

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