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Light Bulb Moment brought by DWPI

December 10, 2014   ·   0 Comments

Mayor of Shelburne Ken Bennington (right,) with Grant Peterson of Melancthon (left,) lights up a 10 foot fluorescent light bulb in his hand with no other power source other than stray voltage from over head wind turbine transmission lines installed by Dufferin Wind Power Inc. alongside the County owned rail corridor on the southern border of Shelburne, December 9th. One of the hundreds of newly installed transmission poles, running through Dufferin County, and now undergoing an environmental tribunal hearing, can be seen behind them. A crowd, called by Green Party candidate Karren Wallace to the site Tuesday night, gathered to witness the disturbing revelation. Bystanders asked the Mayor questions about the process guiding the safety of the lines. The Mayor, who said he will be following up on the situation, called the citizen disclosure of the voltage risks “just one more disappointment from the Dufferin Wind Power corporation.”

Photos by Marni Walsh

 

Mayor of Melancthon Darren White (right) witnesses stray electricity from Dufferin Wind Power Inc. (DWPI) transmission lines on the 3rd line of Melancthon, Monday, December 8th, as it lights up a hand held fluorescent bulb with no other power source. Grant Peterson (left) and Lyle Clayton (centre) who live next to the lines that run through the Township were drawn to test the 10 foot fluorescent bulb under the lines by the disturbing electrical hiss radiating from the transmission line.  The bulb, powered only by straying electricity, fully lit up as they approached the line and turned on inside Grant’s vehicle when he drove down the road past the lines. Mayor White referred to Melancthon as “an unwilling host” saying “the project was forced upon us by DWPI and the provincial government using the GEA as its shield.”

Mayor of Melancthon Darren White (right) witnesses stray electricity from Dufferin Wind Power Inc. (DWPI) transmission lines on the 3rd line of Melancthon, Monday, December 8th, as it lights up a hand held fluorescent bulb with no other power source. Grant Peterson (left) and Lyle Clayton (centre) who live next to the lines that run through the Township were drawn to test the 10 foot fluorescent bulb under the lines by the disturbing electrical hiss radiating from the transmission line. The bulb, powered only by straying electricity, fully lit up as they approached the line and turned on inside Grant’s vehicle when he drove down the road past the lines. Mayor White referred to Melancthon as “an unwilling host” saying “the project was forced upon us by DWPI and the provincial government using the GEA as its shield.”

         

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