Protest slows 402 into Strathroy
Here from the London Free Press an up-to-the minute report on this morning’s anti-corporate-wind-power protest. Follow our Twitter feed for the moment-to-moment.
Anti-turbine activists take protest to Hwy. 402 for mass rally 31
If you plan to hit Southwestern Ontario’s busy Hwy. 402 Saturday morning, you may want to find another route.
Activists are sweeping into the area for a slow-moving rally on the 402, from Forest to Strathroy, to vent frustration at the growth under the Liberal government of wind farms in rural Ontario — especially in the southwest — with high-rise size industrial wind turbines.
OPP have encouraged the anti-turbine protesters not to use the 402, citing safety concerns for both activists and drivers alike.
But police will be on hand, just in case their calls go unheeded.
The protest is to begin at 10 a.m. at Michigan Line in Forest and will inch down the 402 toward Strathroy.
Many of Ontario’s industrial wind turbines are located in Southwestern Ontario. Their rapid growth, and the lack of local control over where they can be built after the province snatched that away, helped cut the Liberals to a minority government in the last election, losing many rural seats.
A series of new large-scale wind farms is scheduled to be operational in Southwestern Ontario by the winter of 2015, including the 40-megawatt Adelaide Wind Project, South Kent Wind Project (270 MW), Grand Bend Wind Farm (100 MW), Cedar Point Wind Farm (100 MW), Goshen Wind Energy Centre (102 MW), Jericho Wind Energy Centre (150 MW), and the K2 Wind Project (270 MW).
What: Hwy. 402 anti-wind turbine rally
Where: Starts at Forest on-ramp to Hwy. 402, ends in Strathroy
Begins: Oct. 19, 10 a.m. at Michigan Line