WEPAT represents hundreds of concerned citizens between the municipalities of West and East Perth, and as such, comments that it represents a small vocal minority are erroneous. In a recent editorial in The Beacon Herald there is a reference to an Ipsos Reid where the editor took the information of this poll to make his point. http://www.stratfordbeaconherald.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3242516
There are major flaws by using one poll to paint those that raise concerns about industrial wind turbines as a vocal minority. It is very important to determine who paid for that survey. It was commissioned by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), a very lucrative lobby group. Some of the questions on the survey are questionable. Also, there is no indication of exactly who was surveyed. If you survey someone that lives in the heart of an urban area, there is no chance that industrial turbines will ever be installed near their homes.
Specifically in the Sebringville area, 2 farmers want industrial turbines for sure. But what about the others in that immediate area? Faced with industrialization that could impact their health and will decrease their property values, it is doubtful that only a small minority would agree to wind turbines in their community.
For those that are interested in the survey, it can be found at http://www.canwea.ca/wind-energy/talkingaboutwind_e.php.