By David Meyer
Vol 43 Issue 12
ELORA – Centre Wellington council’s committee of the whole heard on Monday afternoon that several farmers who signed lease agreements for wind farms near Belwood are willing to back out of them.
A delegation led by Dave Hurlburt, Laura Humphrey, Gerry Ellen and Darryl Burnet came to council to ask for its help in opposing the wind farm planned by Invenergy that surrounds much of Belwood and reaches into Dufferin County. They represented a group that is opposing the proposal for up to 35 wind turbines.
Hurlburt acknowledged council has no authority over the project because the provincial Liberal government took it away and gave it to the Ministry of Environment, but he said, “We feel this council has a strong role to play” in opposing it.
Darryl Burnett said, “Not only would they not sign, they want out.” He said at least “five of 15 farmers [in East Garafraxa] would back away” if they could.