THEY CAME, they complained, they left.
That, in a nutshell, is what Norfolk council was told, following the appearance of the president of a company set to build four wind turbines east of Port Ryerse.
German-born Uwe Sandner of UDI Renewables Corporation of Nanticoke, was on hand to explain his project to councillors, and at one point he blamed the internet for providing “one-sided information” about wind turbines. He told councillors how he had already met with local residents who, he said, did not have open minds about wind turbines.
He said they simply believe “it’s bad for your health and property values will go down.”
So the residents listened to what he had to say, continued to grumble, and they left in a disgruntled state. This has become a standard reaction across the province because, under Ontario law, there is nothing else residents or municipalities can do, since companies looking to set up green energy projects simply go through Queen’s Park for approvals.
Like it or not, that’s the way it is.
But Sandner still tried to assuage their concerns, claiming that the type of turbines going up near Port Ryerse are “the quietest machine on the market” because they have no gear-box and are also “the most environmentally friendly.”
Problem is that he, and other individuals like him, are not finding many believers anywhere in Ontario.
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