Community Response to Wind Farms

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Understanding community responses to wind farms

A study of local views of five wind farms in the eastern Lake Ontario region

What is this study about?

  • The purpose of this study is to try and understand why wind farms are controversial in the eastern Lake Ontario region (focussing on five existing and potential wind farms in south-eastern Prince Edward County, Amherst Island, Wolfe Island and Loyalist Township) and offer recommendations to communities and policy-makers for navigating wind farm controversy

Who is behind this study?

  • Dr. Stewart Fast from the Department of Geography at Queen’s University is leading the study. Stewart is funded by an endowment to support post-doctoral research in the Department. There is no funding from companies or organizations active in wind energy development or from wind farm opponent groups.

What are you going to do?

  • People that are active in wind energy in the eastern Lake Ontario region will be interviewed and asked to rank a number of statements about wind power
  • People from three groups are asked to participate: (1) wind farm opponents (2) wind farm proponents (3) officials involved in decision-making and planning

Who can I contact for more information?

 

One Comment

  1. Dr Maureen Briscoe March 16, 2014

    As a landowner on Wolfe Island I wish to state that the wind turbines have been the ruination of the island.

    The turbines surround our property and in December a farmhouse close to the turbines had been left to deteriorate and had to be demolished because of the turbines.

    We do not want our property value to be decreased in value, but it seems that way!

    I believe that the property owners not being paid by the turbine industry and government are not caring and that to speak out is hopeless.

    I have heard no positive remarks from my associates about the current siteings
    close to humans! They seem pleased not to have to deal with this problem.

    Maureen Briscoe M.D.,FRCP., ARCT

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