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Friday, February 4, 2011

Grey Highlands Fights Wind Turbines

Grey Highlands | by Kevin Bernard  

Grey Highlands files appeal has been filed against an Ontario Energy Board ruling.

Grey Highlands is appealing an Ontario Energy Board ruling that allows a wind energy developer to use municipal road allowances for its distribution lines.

International Power Canada wants to run hydro poles from its Plateau Wind Project in the Maxwell Feversham area.

The Energy Board ruled in January that IPC was a distributor of electricity and was entitled to access municipal road allowances for its transmission lines.

Preserve Grey Highlands Citizens Alliances spokesperson Virginia Love admits some poles exist along a few of those roads already, but IPC wants to put lines where none exist.

She says it will take away from the beauty of the area and she is glad the municipality has launched an appeal.

Mayor Wayne Fitzgerald was one of two members of council who voted NOT to appeal the ruling of the OEB.

Five councillors voted for an appeal.

He believes the Green Energy act is the law and there is no point wasting money fighting the ruling.

No date has been set for an appeal to be heard.

 

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