MPP demands answers on contract process from Chiarelli
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2016
YUREK QUESTIONS MINISTER ON WIND TURBINES IN DUTTON/DUNWICH
QUEEN’S PARK – This morning MPP Jeff Yurek rose in the Legislature to question the Minister of Energy on the recently awarded industrial wind turbine project in the Municipality of Dutton/Dunwich, found in MPP Yurek’s riding of Elgin-Middlesex-London.
“This government has stated that municipalities will have a say in wind projects however; in this latest round of contracts this seems not to be the case. Minister will you explain to the municipalities in my riding why their views do not matter to this government?” questioned MPP Jeff Yurek.
On March 10, 2016 Invenergy was awarded a 60 megawatt project in the Municipality of Dutton/ Dunwich. The Municipality of Dutton/Dunwich had declared themselves an unwilling host for Industrial Wind Turbines after conducting a survey which showed 84 per cent of residents were opposed to a wind project.
On the contrary, the municipality of Malahide declared itself as a willing host and their project was denied. The government promised to listen to rural Ontarians but has failed to do so.
“It is unfortunate that this government has blatantly chosen to ignore the local voice on these projects. The approval of the Dutton Dunwich project is literally tearing this community apart. Unfortunately, this government continues to ignore the voice of rural Ontario,” concluded MPP Jeff Yurek.