The Municipality of West Grey

January 29, 2010 16:11 ET

West Grey Seeks Moratorium on Industrial Wind Turbines

WEST GREY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 29, 2010) - As Mayor of the Municipality of West Grey, on behalf of the Council and citizens of West Grey, I am calling upon the Province of Ontario to place an indefinite moratorium on industrial wind turbines in the Municipality of West Grey and other Ontario municipalities.

The Council of the Municipality of West Grey, as its meeting held on January 11, 2010 passed the attached resolution regarding industrial wind turbines and is seeking all Provincial Ministers, MPP's, local and area MP's and all Ontario municipalities, including Grey and Bruce Counties to support this resolution.

Yours truly

Kevin Eccles, Mayor

Municipality of West Grey

WHEREAS the need for renewable energy resources is recognized at the federal, provincial, municipal and local community levels;

AND WHEREAS the Council of the Municipality of West Grey has concern over the Green Energy and Green Economy Act in relation to its application to industrial wind turbines;

AND WHEREAS there is evidence that the Act has created incentives for one group of residents to profit at the expense of others, the Act does not acknowledge infringement on the rights of property owners who have not leased their land for industrial wind turbine development, and thereby receive no compensation despite the reduced value and enjoyment of their land;

AND WHEREAS there is also evidence of reduction in property values in areas currently with industrial wind turbines or in broad geographical areas where industrial wind turbines are being considered;

AND WHEREAS these issues will bring about a reduction of assessment to any municipality within these areas which would have a deleterious effect on the tax base of affected municipalities;

AND WHEREAS the Council of the Municipality of West Grey is dissatisfied with the Province of Ontario removing industrial wind turbine approvals and overall decision making approvals from the Municipal Governments;

AND WHEREAS the Council of the Municipality of West Grey is dissatisfied with regulations imposed by the Province of Ontario on the erection and operation of industrial wind turbines with respect to land use planning and the impact on building economically viable and sustainable communities;

AND WHEREAS the Council of the Municipality of West Grey is concerned with the overall adverse health effects that would be imposed on people in this community due to industrial wind turbines;

AND WHEREAS the potential health effects is proving to be destructive and divisive to the social and cultural fabric of our rural urban community;

AND WHEREAS other Ontario municipalities have passed resolutions articulating concern with the health effects and other issues associated with industrial wind turbines;

AND WHEREAS the Council of the Municipality of West Grey requires validated reports and studies regarding the total impact and projected future impacts of industrial wind turbines on our rural urban community;

AND WHEREAS the Council of the Municipality of West Grey raises the issue that there are enough industrial wind turbines erected and operating in the Province of Ontario at this time that should be studied for overall economic, social and cultural impact on rural urban communities, the people of the rural urban communities, the environment, wildlife, livestock and domestic animals;

AND WHEREAS these necessary Province of Ontario reports and studies should be provided to the Ontario Municipal and County Governments;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the Municipality of West Grey request the Province of Ontario to place an indefinite moratorium on industrial wind turbines in the Municipality of West Grey and other Ontario municipalities in order for the Province of Ontario to commission a third-party study regarding the health, safety and well-being of persons, and the protection of persons and property, including consumer protection of persons;

AND FURTHER that the Council of the Municipality of West Grey request that the moratorium on industrial wind turbines remain in place until the Council of the Municipality of West Grey is satisfied that the health, safety and well-being of persons of the Municipality of West Grey and the protection of persons and property, including consumer protection of persons of the Municipality of West Grey is satisfied;

AND FURTHER that the Council of the Municipality of West Grey call upon the Province of Ontario to consider the issues raised by the Municipality of West Grey and other Ontario municipalities and to consider alternative approaches to address the issues created by industrial wind turbines;

AND FURTHER that this resolution be circulated to all municipalities within Grey and Bruce Counties, including Grey County and Bruce County, requesting their support and that this resolution be forwarded to AMO for circulation to all municipalities in Ontario also requesting support of this resolution;

AND FURTHER that this resolution be circulated to all Provincial Ministers and MPP's, and the local and area MP's.

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