Ontario weighs Trout Creek bid

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Ontario environment regulators are reviewing Sierra Nevada Power’s 9MW Trout Creek feed-in tariff project. The proponent, which bought the project in 2013, hired Ontario-headquartered Leader Resources Services Corp to develop, construct and operate the wind farm.

Sierra Nevada is a subsidiary of Colombia-based Santo Domingo Group, which holds 15% equity in SABMiller Plc, the second largest brewery in the world, and has holdings in hedge funds, private equity funds and direct investments. A renewable energy approval (REA) application for Trout Creek has been posted for a 60-day public review. Comments may be submitted through 9 September. Read article

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Liberals full steam ahead with wind projects in Ontario

MPP Jeff Yurek asks the Premier whether she will listen to constituents in West Elgin and Dutton who have stated they do not want industrial wind turbine development.

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Bluewater appeals Grand Bend wind project

democracy liberty freedomBy Terry Bridge, Times-Advocate Staff
VARNA – Bluewater has filed an appeal against an approved Grand Bend wind farm. The deadline to appeal the 40-turbine project was last Friday. The application went through their legal counsel, Eric K. Gillespie, who lodged the appeal on Bluewater’s behalf. The Ontario Power Authority selected the area as one of Northland Power’s projects.

The appeal is on the grounds of environmental and health concerns. Setbacks would fall under the health concerns category. The wind farm’s proposed location is north of Grand Bend and running north, east of Highway 21. According to documents on the project’s website grandbend.northlandpower.ca, the closest turbine is 650 metres from Highway 21, while the majority of them are 1,000-m away from it.

“This is the first project that’s been accepted that’s going to be this close to the highway,” Councillor-at-Large Tyler Hessel explained. “Basically it’s going to be setback from the highway, which I think is like 500 metres or something. It’s not that far.” Hessel estimated the appeal process could go on for a few months, possibly into the next term of council elected this October. Read article

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Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Makes Top Ten Heritage List

dans-house-with-wind-turbinesNet Newsledger
Thunder Bay’s Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment has made Heritage Canada Trust’s top ten list of endangered places in Canada. The annual list was released on July 17th.
The Top Ten Endangered Places List is released annually to bring national attention to sites at risk due to neglect, lack of funding, inappropriate development and weak legislation. From unique 19th-century landmarks to simple vernacular housing, stone railway stations to Modernist airports, heritage districts to single buildings, the list has become a powerful tool in the fight to make landmarks, not landfill.

The National Trust uses three primary criteria to determine the 10 final sites for inclusion on the list:

• Significance of the site
• Urgency of the threat/potential for a positive and creative solution
• Community support for its preservation

The group states, “The ancient Nor’Wester Mountain Range rises dramatically above Lake Superior and extends southward from the city of Thunder Bay toward the Ontario-Minnesota border. It defines the city’s setting and skyline, and is immensely important to the Anishinabe community of the Fort William First Nation (FWFN). Mount McKay (“Thunder Mountain” or Animikii-wajiw in Ojibwe) has been a landmark gathering place by the Ojibwe Anishinabeg for many generations. Read article

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Look in the mirror

McGuinty Visits Erie Shores WindfarmLetter to the Editor, Meaford Express, 2014 July 16
Power Rates, County Council and the Premier

The motion recently passed by Grey County Council read, in part, that “ …the County of Grey strongly urge the Premier to find out the reason why costs are escalating…”

Council could have helpfully added a practical suggestion to help move things along.

Specifically, the Premier could convene the entire Ontario Liberal Party, including herself and her Cabinet and Caucus, and simply stand in front of a big mirror.

Ron Hartlen
Clarksburg ON

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Pilot Reacts To Turbine Controversy

B-17Plane21-620x400Trevor Thompson, Blackburn News
The turbines near the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport pose a risk to air traffic. That’s the opinion of one of the B-17 pilots that flew into the airport Wednesday.

Grant Schwartz landed and took off more than a half dozen times. “My reaction is… you probably need a little bit more of a margin between wind turbines and airports,” says Schwartz. “You have to decide what your priorities are going to be.” Read article

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Turbines changing the landscape in Lambton County

2013 MLWAG mapSarnia Observer, Paul Morden
Fresh gravel roads cut through corn and soybean fields, and cranes swing on the horizon as the 92-turbine Jericho Wind Energy project rises this summer in Lambton Shores and Warwick Township. It’s the first large wind energy project in Lambton County that, until now, has only been home to three small sites with a total of 14 turbines. And, as wind projects often do, Jericho has brought controversy and hard feelings to the farm community.

“I often get painted by the brush of being too supportive of them, but I’m not,” said Lambton Shores Mayor Bill Weber, a retired dairy farmer and 14-year veteran of council.

Weber said he believes the municipality must follow the law, and Ontario’s laws allow wind projects to be built. “We have to do the best we can to minimize the impacts, without spending a lot of money to fight something that’s actually the law.” Read article

 

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Is it time to split Ontario into two provinces, Toronto and Not Toronto?

toronto-turbine2Scott Stinson, National Post
Whatever its merits in between writ periods, electoral reform is, in the days following a general vote, the refuge of the loser. You can always tell which party came out on the wrong end of a result by how quickly its members muse about rule changes.

In the case of Randy Hillier, the suspenders-wearing sometime-maverick PC MPP from eastern Ontario farm country, he skipped over the usual suspects like proportional representation and single-transferable vote electoral systems and went straight to the nuclear option: floating the idea that Ontario should be carved into two provinces, Toronto and Not Toronto. Or maybe the latter would be named something a little more catchy: Thunder Lonwindsawa or something. We’re just spitballing here.

As was, quite obviously, Mr. Hillier. “The time is either fast approaching or already here that Toronto ought to become a province unto its own,” he told Yahoo Canada, citing the “distinctive differences” between the province’s largest city and the rest of it.

Well, sure. There are indeed notable differences between Toronto and Not Toronto. Northern Ontarians want the right to shoot more bears, while most Torontonians would clutch their pearls tightly at the mere thought of it. Southwestern Ontario has seen its manufacturing economy devastated while the big city has largely chugged along. Rural communities remain spitting mad about the clusterfudge of the Green Energy Act, while at ground zero of the gas-plant scandal in suburban Toronto, the Liberals won easily. Read article

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Wind turbine fires ‘ten times more common than thought’, experts warn

fireEmily Gosden, The Telegraph
Wind turbines may catch on fire ten times more often than is publicly reported, putting nearby properties at risk and casting doubt on their green credentials, researchers have warned. The renewable energy industry keeps no record of the number of turbine fires, meaning the true extent of the problem is unknown, a study backed by Imperial College London finds on Thursday.

An average of 11.7 such fires are reported globally each year, by media, campaign groups and other publicly-available sources, but this is likely to represent just the “tip of the iceberg”. There could in fact be 117 turbine fires each year, it argues, based on analysis showing just 10pc of all wind farm accidents are typically reported.

Fires tend to be “catastrophic”, leading to turbines worth more than £2 million each being written off, because the blazes occur so high up that they are almost impossible to put out, it warns. Read article

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Bornish turbines have to be removed and rebuilt

It appears it’s not just a rumour, this turbine is coming down in NextEra’s Bornish wind project – blades were removed on July 7th, 2014.North Middlesex-20140705-00227 (2)

What we are hearing is at least 6 possibly as many as 9 turbine bases were not excavated deep enough, approx 3 feet too shallow, and they are leaning/unstable enough that they have to be dismantled, cement broken out, dug deeper, repoured and reconstructed.

They cannot just move them over and pour another pad.

Remember everyone— these people are EXPERTS!!!

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Parry Sound district wind project up for 60 day public comment

Powassan.8Environmental Registry  — Comment HERE by Sept 9, 2014

Description of Instrument:
This posting is for a proposed Renewable Energy Approval by Trout Creek Wind Energy LP (a subsidiary of Leader Resources Services Corporation) for the Trout Creek Wind Project, proposed to be located in the Municipality of Powassan, Parry Sound District. This is a Class 4 wind facility with a total expected generation capacity of 9 megawatts (MW).

The proposed facility is considered to be a Class 4 wind facility under Ontario Regulation 359/09 (O. Reg.359/09) Renewable Energy Approvals under Part V.0.1 of the Environmental Protection Act. Applications for Renewable Energy Approvals are required to be submitted in accordance with O.Reg.359/09 for consideration for approval. Read more

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Wind turbines generate trouble for two Ontario airports

plane chatham airportChristina Blizzard, Toronto Sun
Darwin understood these things so well. Survival of the fittest. Or, more succinctly, people who do dangerous things often don’t survive their own stupidity.

Sadly, when it comes to building wind turbines near airports, the consequences of a foolish act performed in the name of the flawed Green Energy Act are borne by innocent people who had no part in the stupid decision. Two rural airports in this province are facing the serious consequences of wind turbines sited too close to their runways.

Transport Canada recently issued an order forcing the removal of eight turbines near Chatham-Kent’s airport. And Collingwood airport is fighting a plan to place massive turbines close to its runway. Read article

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Brakes put on Grand Bend Wind Farm

2014_06010089John Miner, London Free Press
Faced with appeals against its $380-million project hugging the Lake Huron shoreline, the developer of the Grand Bend Wind Farm is applying the brakes.​ Some preliminary work for the wind farm will likely start later this year, but major construction now won’t begin until the appeals are settled, said Gord Potts, director of business development for Northland Power.

“Our company policy is not to do much during an appeal process,” Potts said Wednesday. Work likely will be limited to clearing sites, building some access roads and preparing to install transmission lines, he said. “I wouldn’t expect we will see any foundation work for turbines or anything like that,” Potts said.

The appeal process is expected to take about six months. If it wins against the appeals, Northland anticipates the Grand Bend Wind Farm will start commercial operation in the first quarter of 2016. The Grand Bend Wind Farm is a joint project of Toronto-based Northland Power and the Aamjiwnaang First Nation at Sarnia and Bkejwanong First Nation at Walpole and involves installation of 40 turbines on 2,400 hectares of land. Read article

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GDF to fight turbine removal

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GDF Suez Canada intends to appeal a federal order to remove or lower eight turbines at the 99MW Erieau wind farm in Ontario. Transport Canada said the turbines, which have a 125-meter tip height, exceed a 45-meter height limit within a four-kilometer radius of the Chatham-Kent municipal airport. GDF commissioned the wind farm in May 2013. Erieau employs 55 Vestas V90 1.8MW turbines on 80-meter towers.

The federal agency in 2013 asked the developer to voluntarily comply with its request to dismantle the turbines, said Transport Canada spokesman Clay Cervoni. “When this was not achieved, Transport Canada issued a notice requiring the company to lower or remove the wind turbines in compliance with the Chatham airport zoning regulations,” said Cervoni. The notice sets a 31 December 2014 deadline.

The developer was surprised by Transport Canada’s demand to remove the turbines, GDF spokesperson Bonnie Hiltz told reNews. “GDF understood that we had received all the required approvals prior to construction,” said Hiltz. Read article

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Questions raised by Municipality of Kincardine council over Armow Wind deal

samsung-logoKincardine News
Municipality of Kincardine council is looking deeper into questions posed about the Samsung Pattern Armow Wind Project development agreement. Councillor Jacqueline Faubert explained that the wording of the motion was largely provided by a letter to council from Karen Breitbach, whose concerns she shares.

Staff will prepare a report to answer questions including why the agreement was discussed in closed session as opposed to an open session, and why it was approved while the project is still under appeal at Divisional Court. Faubert gave notice of motion asking staff to provide clarification on contents of agreement during the June 18 council meeting. “I thought staff had been asked to reply to the letter,” Deputy Mayor Anne Eadie said. “Has that happened?” Read article

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NextEra makes a dump of Adelaide township

Adelaide concrete2From Adelaide Twp:
This (at right) is a pile of concrete rubble from a turbine base in the Adelaide Wind Project from NextEra. Well, better known as NextError, how else could this pile happen… The base was poured in the spring, on one of the nice days unlike some of the others that were done while thunderstorms were happening. Recently we saw that the base was chewed up and piled near the edge of the participant’s land. If you look close enough you can see the rebar in the cement.

So lets figure this out… how many trucks of cement was needed to pour the 800 metric tons of concrete for each turbine?  Forty. Then also 40 tons of rebar loaded on 4-6 flatbed trucks, then it needs to be busted out by what and how many diesel machines? Then the used cement is loaded by more diesel machines, into more diesel machines and dumped in a big pile. Can’t you just smell the green fumes?

From there it’s picked up by another excavator and loaded into more dump trucks and buckets and taken to another site. In this case some of it was seen being taken to another participant farmer and placed into another pile for fill and dispersed yet again for other sites for fill. So… is this how the first few feet of concrete will be “disposed of” when the turbines die? Buried somewhere again in our township? We can probably safely assume that’s what will happen with the hundreds of fiberglass blades as well. Strike a deal with a local quarry or something. This is what ‘decommissioning’ really looks like. Shoot, why didn’t they have pretty pictures of rubble piles at those wind company public info meetings!

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And then the beginning of the hamster wheel to get the next 40 trucks of cement and rebar for the cement base re-do! Oh yes so green! Can anyone figure out the carbon footprint figure for all that? This is just one pile, there was talk of more mistakes in this project alone that were done.

Wouldn’t it have just been easier to plant some trees instead of the turbine? Nope, they burn trees. The township is becoming part of NextEra’s new landfill business.

Pictured below you can see this project participant willingly took refuse from cleared turbine sites. There was a pile of cement (not in this picture, behind the other waste), where it was dumped and worked on by other machines for a long while. This pile was later set on fire and burned for days. Here’s a question… how much money is offered to take garbage on a large parcel of land only to put it in between your barns and set it on fire?

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Oak Ridges Moraine wind project a threat to Ontario’s water

Oak_Ridges_Moraine_mapThe Star, By Maude Barlow and Cindy Sutch
The Sumac Ridge wind project is the first industrial wind project approved on the environmentally sensitive and protected Oak Ridges Moraine, the rain barrel of southern Ontario. The approval sets a precedent to open up the Oak Ridges Moraine for other wind projects and industrial development of all kinds. The project is currently under appeal before the Environmental Review Tribunal and has received a record number of 43 requests for status from community and First Nation groups.

Sumac Ridge is one of five proposed wind projects on the Oak Ridges Moraine that residents have been fighting for the last five years. Community members have spent significant amounts of time and money trying to protect and preserve the moraine. When the Sumac Ridge wind project was posted on the Environmental Registry, 2,874 comments were registered. Frustration with the process is mounting along with the fees of lawyers and experts hired to prepare for the Environmental Review Tribunal. Read article

 

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CCSAGE — Down Wind documentary on Thursday, Turtle Concert on Sunday

DownWind-DVD_largeDown Wind documentary on Thursday, July 10, APPEC
A showing of the new documentary, Down Wind, at the Regent Theatre, 7 pm, $10 admission at the door.  Proceeds to help pay APPEC’s legal bills, past and future.  An excellent overview of the fallout from wind energy development in western Ontario, 100% relevant to the County.  Rebecca Thompson, Sun News Network contributor and host of this documentary, will be on hand to introduce the film.

Gillan Richards of SOAR (Save Ontario’s Algoma Region) describes Down Wind as a film “that exposes how the lights of liberty went out for Ontario citizens deeply opposed to wind turbine projects. It tells the stories of communities torn apart, and the rural warriors now fighting for their rights, health and happiness. . .The film tells the ugly truth about lucrative big wind power contracts, skyrocketing electricity prices, and the political connections behind it all.  It uncovers the skeptical sales pitch that wind turbines are good for the air and won’t impact health. And it provides a glimmer of hope that this nightmare can be overcome with fair-minded solutions.”

blandings_turtleTurtle Concert on Sunday, July 13, PECFN
THE major single event on the County’s summer entertainment calendar.  Picton United Church, 2:30 pm, admission $20 at the door or in advance at www.saveostranderpoint.org.  Proceeds to support PECFN’s continuing legal battle to save Ostrander Point and Blanding’s turtle.  An afternoon of County-grown music, featuring a wide variety of local musicians covering blues, Celtic, folk, jazz and rock & roll.

Here’s the all-star line-up confirmed to date (in alphabetical order): Bud Gregory; Jeannette Arsenault; John, Penny, and Roanna Kitchen; Lenni Stewart; Little Bluff; Mark McGreevy; Suzanne Pasternak; The Frere Brothers; The Reasons; The Reasonettes; Tom Leighton.  We expect that hundreds of County folks and visitors will attend.

Regards
Gary Mooney
613-919-8765
On behalf of CCSAGE Naturally Green: 17203 Loyalist Parkway, Wellington, ON  K0K 3L0
www.ccsage.wordpress.com

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Transport Canada orders wind turbines gone by Dec. 31, 2014

John Norton, Chatham-Kent’s chief legal officer, met as recently as two months ago with Transport Canada officials and proposed that the eight turbines be recognized as “exceptions.” The proposal was based on an aeronautical expert’s advice.

“It’s a simple solution,” the mayor said. “It wouldn’t cost anybody any money . . . it could be easily resolved.”

turbChatham Daily News
Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope finds it ironic that shortly after Transport Canada has ordered the removal of eight turbines near the municipal airport, a C-130 Hercules military aircraft landed there safely for a training exercise.

“How can you have an unsafe airport when you’ve got that type of a plane landing there today,” he said early Sunday evening shortly after the municipality issued a media release about Transport Canada’s position.

The order calling for the removal of the turbines by Dec. 31, 2014 is change from the federal agency originally issuing a letter last year “requesting voluntary compliance.”

The turbines are owned by GDF SUEZ, which is expected to formally object to the order from Transport Canada seeking a hearing before the Minister of Transport through a process in the Aeronautics Act. Read article

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Residents Plan Bluewater Appeal

ertBy Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer
Patti Kellar, who lives in Bluewater, said a group of residents in the project area are planning to appeal the project’s provincial approval to Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal. The $380-million wind energy project received provincial environmental approval at the end of June.

Each of the two First Nations own 25% of the 40-turbine Grand Bend Wind project being developed by Toronto-based Northland Power. Kellar said that between the Grand Bend project and NextEra Energy’s proposed Goshen Wind project, nine wind turbines are planned for within two kilometres of her home.

“There’s a lot of negatives and they haven’t proven to me that they’ve done any good,” Kellar said. “I think that the propaganda that has been used to sell this idea of it being free, clean, green is just hogwash.”

Gordon Potts, director of business development with Northland Power, said the company will wait to see what happens during an appeal period before beginning construction. While construction is generally allowed to begin on wind projects that have been appealed to the tribunal, that isn’t Northland Power’s practice, Potts said. “We would typically wait for the appeals to be resolved before we would spend the big bucks,” he said.

The Northland Power wind project is planned for just north of Grand Bend, in the Huron County municipalities of Bluewater and South Huron, with all of the turbine locations east of Highway 21, Potts said. Construction, once it begins, is expected to take 15 months to complete, he said. Read article

 

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Where eagles fly

dead golden eagleWellington Times, Rick Conroy
The south shore of Prince Edward County (PEC), where two industrial wind turbine projects, wpd White Pines and Ostrander/Gilead are slated, is a main migration path for the endangered Golden Eagle. This has been made clear in the wpd Species at Risk report, obtained by us through a Freedom of Information request, and is confirmed on the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) website.

The wpd surveys reported an average of four golden eagles per day on each of the three survey days in November—and, according to the surveys, most were flying at blade height. This indicates there could be at least as many as 120 golden eagles migrating through the area in the month of November alone—at blade level. Presumably the birds would also return via the same pathway.

According to the MNR website, only six pairs of golden eagles nest in Ontario, but over 200 have been observed in southern Ontario, presumably migrating to nest in northern Ontario and Quebec. From the information in the Species at Risk report and on the MNR website, it appears that most, if not all, of the eastern North American population of golden eagles will pass through a killing zone of wind turbines, if these are permitted to be constructed on the south shore of PEC. Read article

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Lambton County council backs request to participate in second environmental review tribunal ERT

LAMBTONBy Barbara Simpson, Sarnia Observer
Lambton County may join a second legal battle brewing over the development of another industrial wind farm in its boundaries.

County council voted Wednesday in favour of joining a potential environmental review tribunal hearing in the event the Ministry of the Environment approves Suncor’s 46-turbine Cedar Point Wind project set for Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores and Warwick Township.  This move would mark the county’s second time participating as a party before the environmental review tribunal.

The county is currently participating in a tribunal hearing over NextEra Energy’s 92-turbine Jericho Wind Energy project. The tribunal must find serious harm could be caused to human or environmental health before it can overturn the project’s MOE approval. Read article

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Golden sand, garbage turbines for Grand Bend

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London Free Press, John Miner
Dozens of wind turbines are coming to a stretch of Lake Huron shoreline boasting some of the most beautiful sunsets in the province. The Ontario Environment Ministry is giving the green light to a $380-million wind farm that will add 40 turbines in a 16-kilometre corridor along Lake Huron starting near Grand Bend and running north. Most of the turbines will be about a kilometre inland from the beaches.

The wind farm is opposed by some local residents who say turbines will be built too close to homes and cottages. “We hate it. We don’t want it,” said Ray Vlemmix, who owns a home near Grand Bend. The Grand Bend wind farm will place its turbines much closer to residences than Next Era Energy, another wind energy company that has several wind farm projects operating or planned for the area. Vlemmix said he expects the turbines will make the area less attractive for tourism.

Bill Dowson, mayor of the Municipality of Bluewater, said his council has had few direct dealings with Northland Power, the company building the Grand Bend wind farm. The municipality is already the site of about 40 wind turbines constructed by Next Era. Dowson said the municipality will gain financially from building permits and tax assessment from the Northland wind farm. Council hasn’t taken an official stand either for or against wind farms, he said. “It hasn’t been as stormy here at council as it has been in some areas.” Read article

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New study points to health concerns again about wind turbines

98 the Beach
Photo-Dr_%20Lynn%20&%20Larry%20Miller%20Presentation%202A report from the United Kingdom is shedding new light on low frequency sound dispersion and the overall impact on nearby residents and the environment. Infrasound is lower than 20-Hertz in frequency, the “normal” limit of human hearing.  Grey-Bruce Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hazel Lynn, tells Bayshore Broadcasting News the document suggests Health Canada and similar organizations should consider the effects of infrasound in regards to wind farms.

At 550-metres the sound pressure wave coming off of an industrial wind turbine is reduced to 30-decibels, which is no louder than the noise in your bedroom at night. However, infrasound is dependant on atmospheric conditions such as air pressure, wind direction and cloud cover — and the lower the frequency, the further it travels. According to Dr. Lynn, if you move people two-kilometres from wind turbine developments, the distress level decreases significantly. Read article

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Grand Bend Wind Project approved. Another 40 massive turbines along Huron coast.

Grand BendEnvironmental Registry
A Renewable Energy Approval (REA) has been issued to Grand Bend Wind GP Inc. (Northland Power) to engage in a renewable energy project in respect of a Class 4 wind facility consisting of the construction, installation, operation, use and retiring of 40 turbines with a total nameplate capacity of approximately 100 megawatts (MW). The wind facility will be connected to Hydro One’s distribution system.

This Class 4 wind facility, known as the Grand Bend Wind Farm, will be located within the municipalities of Bluewater and South Huron, in Huron County. Portions of the transmission line also traverse the Municipality of Huron East, in Huron County, and the Municipality of West Perth, in Perth County.

Note that since the REA application was deemed complete on August 28, 2013, the applicant submitted details regarding modifications made to the project. The modifications include:

  • Change in turbine model from Siemens SWT-2.3-113 to Siemens SWT-3.0-113 (turbine/blade physical specifications remain the same)
  • Reduction in the number of turbines to be constructed, from 46 to 40 Read more
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Haldimand suspends Samsung from using gravel roads

Haldimand transportJennifer Vo, Sachem
Samsung Renewable Energy has been suspended from using gravel roads in Haldimand County to build Industrial Wind Turbines and solar panels. “[The suspension] is on the project areas with gravel roads, so not all of the construction will stop,” said Don Boyle, chief administrative officer, adding that residents might expect to see vehicles leaving those sites, but trucks should not be driving on gravel roads to build.

He also noted that construction would continue along Highway 20, which is not a gravel road. County staff issued Samsung the suspension notice on June 23 after they said the company failed to comply with Haldimand’s road use agreement – in particular, the company’s obligation to deal with daily dust control.

“They have been doing some of the temporary [road] repairs, but we want it to be done quicker,” said Boyle. “The dust control was the last straw.” While the issue with staff involves the road use agreement, councillors also made note of other issues with the company. “My whole experience with the corporation as well as the subcontractors that they’ve hired has been so unacceptable,” Councillor Tony Dalimonte said. “They said, ‘We understand. We’ll do better.’ And what happens? Absolutely nothing,” Councillor Leroy Bartlett added. “It’s just not fair for residents of Haldimand County.”

Tim Smitheman, manager of communications, government and public relations with Samsung Renewable Energy, said the company plans to resolve the issue and gain access to gravel roads “in the very near future.” Read article

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Our vision here today is to expose the corruption, to expose the injustice

6883422-corruption-in-the-government-in-a-corrupt-systemBy Megan Stacey, The London Free Press
Emotions are running high at the opening day of an Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal hearing to determine the fate of a wind turbine project by NextEra Energy in Lambton and Middlesex Counties. Community members and the County of Lambton are facing off against the Ontario Environment Ministry and NextEra Energy over the Jericho Wind Energy Project, which would bring 92 turbines to the region.

An opening statement by resident Muriel Allingham, who is appealing the provincial ministry’s approval of the Jericho project alongside several other community members, attacked NextEra as greedy. In order to overturn the province’s approval of the Jericho Wind Project, Allingham and the County of Lambton must prove it will cause severe harm to humans or the environment.

The first presenter of the day, Elizabeth Bellavance, a local community and social justice advocate, urged the tribunal to consider the injustice of the requirement. In any project other than renewable energy where products like wind and vibration are released into the environment, showing “adverse effects” is enough to halt their use.

The community’s case against NextEra is virtually non-existent without the testimony of Sarah Hornblower, a local woman and mother who would have been a key witness in the hearing. The tribunal denied a summons for Hornblower late Wednesday afternoon. read article

Incase you want to hear what Sarah Hornblower said last year before she signed her gag agreement, see the video below. (Now why wouldn’t the ERT want to hear about this? And why would both NextEra and Suncor fight so hard to have her silenced too?)

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Wind turbine near hydro and water lines raises concerns

2014_06010041By Nicole O’Reilly, The Hamilton Spectator
DUNNVILLE Residents opposed to a Haldimand County wind project say they’re concerned about at least one turbine being built too close to hydro and water lines. However, the Grand Renewable Energy Park developer Samsung says it’s following all laws and regulations. “The REA (Renewable Energy Approval) does not require specific setbacks from water mains,” Samsung spokesperson Tim Smitheman said. “Each turbine has received a building permit from the Haldimand municipality.”

Ministry of the Environment spokesperson Lindsay Davidson said the Green Energy Act only contains setback requirements for noise, natural heritage and water bodies. Brad Smith, who lives just outside Dunnville and has a turbine under construction just 900 metres from his property, said he believes there should be setback requirements for hydro and water lines. “The Green Energy Act just supersedes anything,” he said.

Smith, who is part of the group Wind Concerns Haldimand, said the project has decreased his property value and the trucks for the construction have destroyed roads. Read article

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Government cannot just let Goliath win

osmar_schindler_david_und_goliathGrimsby Lincoln News , By Amanda Moore
I really didn’t think David had a chance. No offence to David — in this case, an ordinary group of citizens who have spent an extraordinary amount of time becoming pseudo-experts on all things industrial wind turbines — but at first there didn’t appear even the slightest chance of stopping the threat of wind power. It certainly seemed that way when the turbines began to rise from the rural landscape last fall. Though I understood your efforts, it seemed as though they were futile.

Yet you pushed on, and because of you operation of the project was stalled, and the project’s status went from approved to awaiting approval. Four out of the five were built closer to neighbouring property lines than the stipulated distance — the height of the turbine from base to hub. That’s an 80 per cent error rate. If that was a math test, they’d have failed miserably.

If your neighbour builds a shed or fence too close to your property, there are steps that you can take to correct that action. But when the something they built too close is a 95-metre tall metal tower weighing 205 metric tonnes (plus the blades), it’s a little tricky. But in this case, I don’t know how the provincial government can justify letting this madness continue. Read article

 

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First Nation returns to court seeking injunction against wind farm

Thunder Bay Protesttbnewswatch.com 
THUNDER BAY — The Fort William First Nation, Horizon Wind Inc., and the province were back in a Thunder Bay Courtroom Monday. Fort William First Nation is seeking an injunction against the Ministry of Environment and other provincial ministries. The First Nation alleges Crown ministries have failed in their duty to consult over the proposed Big Thunder Wind Park.

The First Nation has also filed Judicial Reviews against the province. On Monday they were seeking an injunction to prevent the Ministry of Environment from approving Horizon Wind’s project until those Judicial Reviews are heard. Read article

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