Credit:  Wind energy: Amherst Island family's lives 'changed dramatically for the worse' by development, states letter | By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard | Friday, October 24, 2014 | www.thewhig.com

In a letter Tuesday to Glen Murray, the Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, the Association to Protect Amherst Island explained fears of one family living on the islands.

Under Windlectric's current proposal, Brian and Eva Little's home on the Second Concession will see three 155-metre-tall wind turbines built on the north, south and west sides of their property.

The letter, complete with personal photographs, described the family as moving to their current home to "raise their family in a friendly, peaceful environment."

"Then the Ontario Government introduced the Green Energy Act and the Littles' lives changed dramatically for the worse," the letter stated. "Not only did Windlectric propose to blanket the Island with wind turbines, the company plans to make life hell, specifically for the Littles."

The personal appeal was the result of a "spontaneous and impassioned" plea Eva Little made during an Oct. 5 fundraising event.

"Her words brought tears to the eyes of many in the room," association member Debbie Barrett wrote in an email to the Whig-Standard.

Along with the turbines, the proposed development could see a transformer station built within half a kilometre of the family's house. The proposal could also see a cement plant built adjacent to the transformer station within 800 metres of Amherst Island Public School.

"To make matters worse, the family cannot move, for those same conditions will render their home unsaleable. No one will want to live there. Their equity will be lost and they will not be able to afford to move elsewhere."

read full letter at www.thewhig.com



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