Protesters gather at Horizon Wind meeting in Thunder Bay
Fort William First Nation Chief says company walked out of meeting
While protestors stood outside, a meeting involving the Fort William First Nation, the Ministry of the Environment and Horizon Wind took place in a Thunder Bay hotel on Tuesday to discuss plans to install wind turbines on the Nor'Wester Mountains.
The company wants to erect 16 turbines on the escarpment south of the city.
Chief Georjann Morrisseau said she called the meeting to express her community's concerns about the project.
But, according to Morriseau, the company walked out of the meeting after twenty minutes.
"They ended up leaving right off the beginning of the meeting," said Morriseau. "So be it."
Morriseau added that the discussions were only preliminary.
Horizon Wind officials issued a statement late in the afternoon saying the company believed it was clear the First Nation wanted to speak with the Crown.
The company said it was inviting Fort William First Nation to participate in a community liaison committee that will address any issues that come up.
'Like a smokestack'
Outside the meeting early Tuesday morning, a group of protesters gathered from the Nor'Wester Escarpment Protection Committee.
"To us, it's the same as a smokestack,” said John Beals, head of the group.
“It's destroying the integrity of the environment up there, and the land," he said.
"They are called industrial wind turbines. So make no doubt that they are an industrial production of energy."
The meeting wrapped up just before noon.