MP Shipley, MPP McNaughton want wind turbine moratorium
Today, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex PC MPP Monte McNaughton joined with Lambton-Kent-Middlesex CPC MP Bev Shipley in calling for a moratorium on continued industrial wind turbine development. McNaughton and PC Leader Tim Hudak have long called for a halt to further turbine development and were bolstered by the recent announcement of a Health Canada research study that will explore the relationship between wind turbine noise and health effects reported by people living near wind power developments.
“Since my election, MP Shipley and I have worked together on several important projects, the most recent is our announcement continuing the call for a full moratorium on all further wind turbine development,” said McNaughton. “I have heard from thousands of people from across Lambton-Kent-Middlesex and they have told me loud and clear that they would like a pause, a moment to stop and consider these developments prior to more shovels breaking ground.”
Shipley recently sent a letter to Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty urging him impose an immediate moratorium on new wind turbine projects. The letter follows-up on earlier efforts at Queen’s Park by McNaughton and the Ontario PC Party including:
• PC MPP Todd Smith’s Bill 10 – designed to restore local planning authority to municipal councils;
• PC MPP Lisa Thomson’s motion proposing a moratorium on turbine construction until further health and environmental studies are completed;
• PC Opposition leader Tim Hudak’s Bill 42 – calling for an end to the Feed in Tariff Program.
“Dalton McGuinty’s failed green energy scheme is driving up the cost of energy and is preventing our local economies from achieving their full potential. With the announcement of a Health Canada health study, I am again calling for a full moratorium on further wind turbine development until these important questions can be answered,” concluded McNaughton.