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March 27, 2013
Pettapiece demands moratorium on wind farm development
(Queen’s Park) – Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece again took his constituents’ concerns to the Ontario legislature on wind farm development. In a question to energy minister Bob Chiarelli, Pettapiece pressed the government to make good on its promises in the throne speech by issuing a moratorium on wind farm development.
The Liberals’ throne speech talks about suddenly wanting to work with municipalities,” Pettapiece said. “It talks about respecting local decision-making when it comes to energy infrastructure development like wind turbines. It stresses the need to have willing host communities.
“Well, minister, the premier is visiting a non-willing host community as we speak, and my community is definitely not a willing host community.”
In response, Chiarelli promised the government is “working on some changes” to give municipalities more control over the location of energy projects. Pettapiece was not impressed.
“It sounds like the Liberals forgot to include the fine print in the throne speech that states, ‘applies only to gas plants in the GTA where Liberal seats are at risk,’” Pettapiece said, referring to the cancelled gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga that will cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. The final bill is not yet known.
Despite the minister’s response, Pettapiece is very concerned about that the government still has yet to take any action.
“Minister, across Ontario, including Perth–Wellington, there are proposals for industrial wind turbine projects that are strongly opposed by the host local community,” he said.
For that reason, Pettapiece and the Ontario PC caucus are calling for an immediate moratorium.
On March 5, Pettapiece demanded Premier Kathleen Wynne put a stop to the Conestogo Wind Energy Project. He personally hand-delivered a copy of the package detailing the gaps in the project as recorded by the Municipality of North Perth.
At a minimum, Pettapiece is asking the government to provide another 90-day review period after Invenergy, the company proposing the wind farm, tries to fill in the gaps identified by the municipality.
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