Naturalists to pay Gilead $40,000, reduced from $125,000 demand

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Prince Edward County’s Field Naturalists will pay $40,000 in legal costs instead of $120,000 demanded by Gilead Power. The Divisional Court has found turbine project developer Gilead Power’s demand for $120,000 in legal costs from the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists “was too high and lowered it to $40,000,” said Myrna Wood, PECFN president. “More importantly, the reason given is that “clearly the case is of important public interest. It is significant that two judges have based decisions on the importance of the case to the public interest. We see this as a positive indicator that permission to appeal will be given. We will also be able to use this argument for an appeal against paying any legal costs to Gilead or the Ministry.”

The naturalists group has filed its submission to the Court of Appeal asking for leave to appeal the Divisional Court reversal of the decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal. Last July, the Tribunal revoked the approval of a Gilead Power wind turbine project at Ostrander Point Crown Land Block in the centre of the Prince Edward County’s South Shore Important Bird Area. There have been more than 20 appeals of Renewable Energy Approvals since the Green Energy Act came into effect in 2009. All but the PECFN appeal resulted in dismissals. Read article

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PECFN Files for Leave to Appeal Divisional Court Ruling

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Picton: PECFN has filed their submission to the Court of Appeal asking for leave to appeal the Divisional Court reversal of the decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal. Last July the Tribunal revoked the approval of a Gilead Power wind turbine project at Ostrander Point Crown Land Block in the centre of the Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird Area. There have been more than 20 appeals of Renewable Energy Approvals since the Green Energy Act came into effect in 2009. All but the PECFN appeal resulted in dismissals. In allowing PECFN’s appeal, the Tribunal rendered a landmark and precedent-setting decision.

Soon after the Divisional Court decision Gilead Power announced its intention to start construction in April. PECFN brought an urgent motion for a Stay of construction and leave to appeal the Divisional Court decision to the Court of Appeal. In his decision submitted on March 25, Judge Blair of the Appeal Court held that he had “no hesitation in granting the Stay” because the issues raised on the proposed appeal are of “broad public implication in the field of environmental law”. Further he found that the irreparable harm criterion had been satisfied on the basis that “once a habitat is destroyed, it is destroyed – for at least short-term purposes, in any event – and the species sought to be protected here is a vulnerable and endangered species.” Read article

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East Oxford group files FOI for wind farm details

Joan KeithBy Jennifer Vandermeer, Norwich Gazette/IngersollTimes
NORWICH TOWNSHIP - The East Oxford Community Alliance wants to know how the Ministry of the Environment has been handling the Prowind Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm file. The alliance (EOCA) has filed Freedom of Information requests and asked the Ontario Ombudsman to look into it because of the number of changes that have been made to the project without due process for the public to participate.

Joan Morris, spokesperson for EOCA, said one issue is the “substantive changes” to the project since it was first filed with the MOE and considered complete and accurate. “A change to the project area was announced to the public only four days before the application was deemed complete by the Ministry on February 7, 2014,” Morris also said in a press release. “Apart from a cover page from the Ministry of Environment, none of the documents for public review and comment were modified to account for the changes.” Read article

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New Battle Against Wind Turbines

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(Grey Highlands) – Grey Highlands Council will consider a bylaw on Monday to freeze any new permits for construction of industrial wind turbines in the municipality. It is part of the regular council meeting which begins at 5 PM.  CAO Dan Best says called the “Grey Highlands Renewable Energy Working Group” wants any proposed projects to take into account the concerns of nearby residents about any impact on their health.

Medical Officer of Health Doctor Hazel Lynn presented a report just over a year ago, that looked at various studies around the world, on the health complaints from people living near Giant wind turbines. Read article

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92 more wind turbines for Lambton Shores; NextEra Jericho Project approved

2013 MLWAG mapEnvironmental Registry
Decision on Instrument: A Renewable Energy Approval (REA) has been issued to Jericho Wind, Inc. (NextEra Energy Canada) 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 92 turbines with a total nameplate capacity of approximately 150 megawatts (MW). The wind facility will be connected to Hydro One’s distribution system.

This Class 4 wind facility, known as the Jericho Wind Energy Centre, will be located in the Municipality of Lambton Shores and Township of Warwick, within Lambton County, and the Municipality of North Middlesex, within Middlesex County.

Note that since the REA application was deemed complete on July 17, 2013, Jericho Wind, Inc. made changes to the project. The changes included the following:

  • construction disturbance areas were modified to reduce or eliminate impacts to archaeological resources,
  • infrastructure or construction disturbance areas added or changed to optimize project design/ constructability, including the addition of 2 turbine locations and relocation of several other turbines, and
  • turbines and associated infrastructure removed. Read article
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Talk: Carmen Krogh, Harm from Wind Turbines

CarmenCarmen Krogh is presenting on the harm to health from turbine projects at the University of Waterloo – May 7th, 2014.  It is open to the public should you wish to attend.

Presentation: “Harm from Wind Turbines: What Has Been Known for Decades”
Speaker: Carmen Krogh
Date: Wed 7 May 2014. 3:30pm.
Place: DC1302 (Davis Center), University of Waterloo
Abstract: The topic of adverse health effects associated with wind facilities is globally debated. It is acknowledged that if placed too close to residents, industrial wind turbines can negatively affect the physical, mental and social well-being of some. In addition to the general population, at risk are the vulnerable such as fetuses, babies, children, elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions. There is published research on the effects of Low Frequency/Infrasound (LFI) on people and animals dating back several decades. This presentation will provide some of the available evidence drawn from peer reviewed literature, authoritative references, and other sources. It is proposed that known risk of harm can be avoided by siting wind facilities a protective distance from residents. Continue reading

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Voices from the Thedford Bog: Wind turbines are “a social experiment, a mess, a failure.”

Protesters joined the remaining migrating tundra swans at the Thedford Bog near Grand Bend, Lake Huron, on Sunday, April 6, 2014, to condemn plans to build a bristling barrier of industrial wind turbines in what is a designated Important Bird Area. Every March some 10-15,000 tundra swans stop at the Thedford Bog and environs to rest and feed before continuing on their migration to the western Arctic.

Waterfowl scientist Dr. Scott Petrie told CBC News in 2012:
By putting the turbines in inappropriate places, it actually is tantamount to habitat loss. You wouldn’t put an office tower next to a coastal wetland, why would you put a wind turbine there?

Monte McNaughton, Progressive Conservative Member of the Provincial Parliament of Ontario (MPP) for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, reminded the protesters that his party’s leader, Tim Hudak, has promised, if elected, to repeal the Green Energy Act, the draconian legislation that has given unprecedented rights to industrial wind turbines over people, communities and wildlife. The Green Energy Act was enacted in 2009 in part as a response to the fake planetary emergency of man-made global warming/climate change. Read article

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Industrial wind turbines and human health: Whitewash for the white coats

“Don’t tell me about the science” – Wind Turbines and Human Health: An Emotional Topic.
You already knew from the cavalier seminar title where this presentation was going to be heading. However, in his introduction, the presenter promised a balanced discussion on the issue of wind turbines and human health so that health care practitioners and academics could have informed dialogue. Mmmm. Really?

The seminar/webinar was hosted in Toronto by Public Health Ontario on March 20, 2014, and was given by Loren Knopper Ph.D., an environmental health scientist and co-lead of Intrinsik Environmental Science’s Renewable Energy Health Team, with stated expertise in industrial wind turbines and human health.

Knopper failed to offer a disclaimer that “a number” of his clients are wind developers (unless he stated it when the webinar’s sound failed for two brief periods). This information came to light in the question period following his presentation. It’s a very important point because the wind industry denies, despite some good evidence, that industrial wind turbines can cause adverse health effects. Obviously, one would not want any inconvenient truths alienating clients with deep, government-guaranteed, subsidy-enhanced pockets. Read article

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NextEra: “We have to win the hearts and minds of the community by being nice”

Nexterror Bullies Canada IncGord Whithead, Regional County News
PARKHILL — Like it or lump it, a new crop is rapidly sprouting on the rich agricultural soil of southwestern Ontario. Owners of the land eventually will share in a harvest of the wind but the major immediate benefactors are construction companies, their suppliers, and local business operators.

Florida-based NextEra Energy estimates the construction value of its three projects now underway at a total $540 million, plus three more working their way through the approval process at $715 million.

Host farm owners are expected to pocket an overall $102.5 million over the first 20 years of the six wind centres’ operations, NextEra communications specialist Josie Bird told Regional Country News. Many are already receiving payments for the construction access roads and tower foundations being built on their properties. Once wind towers are “energized,” landowners’ payment amounts are guaranteed, no matter how variable the electricity output of the turbines on their properties, Bird noted.

Heading toward July, 2014 completion are the Bornish Wind Centre (45 wind tower generators) in North Middlesex Township, the Adelaide Centre (37 WTGs) in Adelaide-Metcalfe Township, and the Bluewater Centre (37 WTGs) in Bluewater Township. NextEra aims for construction starts this summer on the Jericho Centre (92 WTGs) in Lambton County, Goshen Centre (63 WTGs) in South Huron and Bluewater Townships, and East Durham Centre farther north in Grey County. Read article

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Ontario lays ground for 600MW more wind energy with RFP

Chatham Kent wind turbines from Lake Erie and Rondeau Bay26Renews
Ontario expects to issue a request for qualification (RFQ) by early June in advance of a 540MW call for renewable energy.The large renewable energy procurement (LRP) program replaces the feed-in tariff regime that was cancelled in 2013. Onshore wind, solar, biogas and hydroelectric projects may participate.

The Ontario Power Authority has posted the draft RFQ for stakeholder review and comment. It intends to launch the RFQ by 9 June and submissions will be due by 21 August. Qualified applicants will be notified by 4 November.The province plans to run two procurements. The OPA anticipates issuing the first 540MW call in January 2015 with winners selected in August of that year.

A second call is planned to kick off in April 2016 with winners announced that September. A third procurement will be held if any capacity remains.In each round the province seeks 300MW of wind, 140MW of solar and 50MW of bioenergy plus 50MW of hydroelectric in round one and 45MW in round two.

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Hydro costs are crippling Ontario

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Tales of skyrocketing household hydro bills are commonplace across Ontario. And understandably everyone — even with modest bills — should worry for the simple reason that it’s only going to get worse.

Thanks to the Liberal government’s “long-term energy plan,” Ontarians can count on their electricity rates going up 33 per cent over the next three years. And within five years, the average monthly bill of $125 will rise to $178 — a 42 per cent increase

For individuals and families, it’s going to be a huge burden. But what’s sometimes forgotten is that soaring energy costs are having a serious impact on the economy. According to the Association of Major Power Consumers of Ontario, the province already has the highest industrial rates in North America. Based on 2012 power prices, AMPCO — representing almost 40 of the largest power consumers in the province — says Ontario industries pay 7.6 cents to 9.4 cents for a kilowatt hour for electricity. Read article

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Six Nations finalizes wind energy projects

arms laength money shakeBy Michael-Allan Marion, Brantford Expositor
OHSWEKEN – Six Nations and two wind power companies are working on the last projects to be brought on stream under the Ontario government’s original green energy program. In the first project, Six Nations council has authorized Elected Chief Coun. Ava Hill to sign a capacity funding agreement with Dufferin Wind Power Inc. to build 91.4-megawatt project called the Dufferin Wind Farm in Melancthon Township in Dufferin County.

Council has authorized the signing of a capacity funding agreement with Grand Valley 2 Limited Partnership for the Grand Valley Wind Farm – Phase 3. That will allow for the building of a 40-megawatt addition to the wind farm. Grand Valley is along the Grand River in the upper reaches of the Haldimand Tract. The parties have been working for years on the necessary approvals for the two separate projects from the Ontario Power Authority under the Feed In Tariff program.

Lonny Bomberry, director of Six Nations land and resources, said that with the in-principle agreements signed, the parties will work on the specifics of the funding arrangements, including the percentage share of ownership and revenue each will take, and the method of financing. Read article

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Protesters speak in support of Tundra Swans

swansBy Terry Heffernan, Times-Advocate
LAMBTON — The provincial government has committed to a green energy plan for the foreseeable future, but at what cost? That’s the question from a group of protesters who gathered at the edge of the Thedford Bog on Greenway Road on Sunday. The group gathered to try and protect the resting and feeding stopover used by Tundra Swans every year on their way north to their nesting grounds on Canada’s northern tundra. Protesters claim that one of the effects of placing wind turbines near the bog will drive the swans away from the area, forcing them to seek other stopovers on their migratory path.

In addition to trying to protect the swans, protesters also point out that the Green Energy Plan is unsustainable from a financial and health aspect. Financially the protesters claim that the cost to implement and install wind turbines has cost the taxpayer over $2 billion and the cost will continue to rise. They add that there is too much power being produced, forcing Ontario to dump power overage into the U.S. at a reduced rate, again driving up the cost to the taxpayers. Read article

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Farmers not sold on wind turbines, survey says

prime-farm-landFarmers Forum, Brandy Harrison
OTTAWA — While farmers are among the few who can directly benefit financially from hosting wind turbines, Eastern Ontario farmers are more likely to oppose than support them, a Farmers Forum survey shows.

In a random survey of 100 farmers at the Ottawa Valley Farm Show from March 11 to 13, nearly half — 48 per cent — disapproved of wind turbines. Another 29 per cent approved and the remaining 23 per cent said they were neutral. But positions on the issue weren’t always clear cut. Even when farmers threw their lot in with one side of the debate or the other, their reasoning was peppered with pros and cons.

It’s in stark contrast to a Farmers Forum survey of 50 Western Ontario farmers at the London Farm Show in early March, where 58 per cent were strongly opposed to wind turbines. Farmers opposed outnumbered those who approved by nearly three-to-one.

The number of turbines reveal the difference: Of the 67 wind projects representing more than 1,200 turbines province-wide, almost all the turbines dot the landscape of Western Ontario. Only two projects are in Eastern Ontario, an 86-turbine project on Wolfe Island, south of Kingston, and another 10 turbines near Brinston, south of Winchester, which were completed in January. Read article

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Wind Turbines Close Flight Operations at Historical Dunnville Airport

Sadly, historical Dunnville Airport in Haldimand County is being taken over by 6 industrial wind turbines. The photo above is of the 1st wind turbine of Samsung’s 67-turbine wind project being constructed in Haldimand. This first wind turbine stands at the Dunnville Airport at Port Maitland. The airport was the base for No. 6 Service Flying Training School from the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP). Over 2,400 pilots from Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and the US earned their wings here from 1940 -1944. This training school was one of 41 such facilities across Canada and was one of the few remaining ones. In 1999, the airport was re-opened and about 25 planes were stored at and flown from the airport as well as a Skydive business operated there until May 30, 2013 when the airport was closed to flight operations because of an agreement by the owner to erect 6 wind turbines on and close to the airport. Not only did those planes and Skydive operation have to move out but the economy of Port Maitland and Dunnville area businesses will also be affected. Continue reading

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NextEra and MOE sitting in a tree….K…I…SS..I..N..G

moralWiarton Echo, Don Crosby
[excerpt] Earlier on the hearing was delayed while West Grey’s representative, Bev Cutting, left the meeting to get a couple of voice recorders after some witnesses for the appellant complained they didn’t have access to a recording of the proceedings

West Grey resident Maria De Melo said since NextEra and the Ministry of the Environment were sharing the cost of a qualified reporter who was recording the proceedings using sophisticated equipment, Van Den Bosch and other opponents deserved the same opportunity. Wright agreed to allow Van Den Bosch to record the proceedings, but only for personal record keeping. He forbade the use of the information for broadcast purposes to or appear on social media.

De Melo and Orah Randall complained lawyers for the Ministry of the Environment and the NextEra were sitting together and could be seen consulting one another. De Melo said it gave the appearance the ministry and the proponent were on the same side whereas she expected the MOE to represent the interests of the people of Ontario. She wanted Wright to order them to sit apart.

He denied the request. Read article

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Resolution sought in wind turbine dispute

Suncor BullyPaul Morden, Sarnia Observer
A delegation from Suncor Energy is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. today with Plympton-Wyoming council about the company’s Cedar Point wind project.

Suncor is seeking provincial environmental approvals to build 46 wind turbines in Lambton County, and has taken Plympton-Wyoming to court over several of its bylaws, including one requiring turbines be set 2 km back from neighbours. Ontario only requires a 550-metre setback.

Suncor spokesperson Jason Vaillant said today’s meeting with town council stems from a February court date in Sarnia. Read article

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Tribunal chair has more questions

ERTErie Media, by Dave Johnson
More than a month after final submissions were made at an Environmental Review Tribunal hearing involving Skydive Burnaby and Wainfleet Wind Energy Inc. an unusual situation has popped up, said lawyer Eric Gillespie. Gillespie, who represents Skydive Burnaby, said tribunal chair Dirk VanderBent has requested more information from a witness for Wainfleet Wind Energy Inc.

The hearing, which took place over three different weeks in Wainfleet, saw lawyers for Skydive Burnaby, Ministry of Environment and Wainfleet Wind Energy Inc. present witnesses to bolster their respective positions. It came about after Skydive Burnaby filed an appeal over two turbines being built by Wainfleet Wind Energy on Station Rd. The turbines would be located 1.5 kilometres west of the skydive facility, whose owners, Mike and Tara Pitt, are concerned over the risk to skydivers.

“Our clients are having considerable difficulty in understanding how a process they thought was over, is back to where it was at two months ago,” Gillepsie said. “We haven’t been able to find any cases where this has happened before.” Read article

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SpeakOut Ontario – Nikki Horton; Chatham-Kent Wind Turbines

“Nikki and her husband reside in Chatham-Kent, Ontario. Their rural home is surrounded by IWTs. Her family, including two young boys, have suffered health, environmental, and economic problems associated with living near turbines.

Nikki’s property taxes have doubled since the renovations mentioned in this video, despite real estate agents saying her house is “unsellable” – she is currently taking action to resolve this property tax issue.

Nikki started a blog which has resulted in international conversations between victims suffering the same health problems.

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U.S. company pulls out of proposed Manitoba wind farm

no_wind_turbinesGlobal News,
WINNIPEG – The plug has been pulled on a proposed 175-megawatt wind farm that proponents say would have added more alternative energy to Manitoba and be a boon to area farmers. Ed Pakulak, the Canadian spokesman for U.S.-based Competitive Power Ventures, said Manitoba Hydro is focused on hydroelectric power.

The planned wind farm, next to the 63-wind turbine wind farm at St. Leon, had been in the works for about three years, but never advanced past the proposal stage. Tentative agreements were in place with about 25 landowners for turbines on their properties and with the RM of Thompson. CPV’s decision to pull out of Manitoba comes as the province’s Public Utilities Board studies a bid by Hydro to build the Keeyask and Conawapa generating stations and a new transmission line to the United States. Read article

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Horizon seeks review

horizonBy Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch
Horizon Wind Inc. could be hauling the province into court. The Toronto-based company, which struck a deal in 2007 with the City of Thunder Bay to construct a 32-megawatt wind-turbine farm on the Nor’Wester mountain range, on Friday said they plan to file an and application for a judicial review at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice seeking a final decision on Big Thunder Wind Park.

The move comes about a year after the Ministry of the Environment told company officials their renewable energy approval was complete. They’ve since engage in a technical review of the province, which resulted in 400 online comments, for and against the controversial project. “We’d rather be generating clean energy than exchanging papers in a courtroom,” Horizon spokeswoman Kathleen MacKenzie said. “But sometimes you have to do one before the other.

Recent judicial review applications filed by Fort William First Nation against various ministries have created some confusion. We’ve asked for the court’s help in straightening it all out.” Read article

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Plug pulled on wind power in Manitoba

offshore_windWinnipeg Free Press, by Bruce Owen
More wind power might not be on the table for Manitoba Hydro now, but it has looked at the possibility of building a 100-megawatt wind farm not near Lake Manitoba, but in it. Like offshore wind turbines in Europe and the United Kingdom, Hydro has looked at locating massive wind turbines in Canada’s 13th-largest lake, taking up 2,000 to 4,000 hectares.

In a report to the Public Utilities Board, Hydro says there are drawbacks: The lack of experience with it in North America (there are no offshore wind farms in North America); The high cost of integrating it with the grid with underwater cables and; Dealing with winter ice. A 2012 best-guess estimate says it would cost $400-$760 million. Read article

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Southgate council rejects Samsung wind turbine project

buyout_noBy John Miner, The London Free Press
An attempt to win municipal backing for a major wind turbine farm north of London has been voted down despite an offer of millions of dollars for a community fund that could be used for everything from social events to lowering property taxes. Southgate Township near Mount Forest had been in discussions with Samsung for months for two possible renewable energy projects – a 120 megawatt wind farm and a 50 megawatt solar energy project.

A month ago Southgate council passed a resolution stating it would consider declaring itself a “willing host” for the projects if a satisfactory agreement could be reached for a community benefit agreement. A draft agreement from Samsung offered $5.1 million over 20 years in exchange for council’s backing.

But Wednesday night Southgate council voted to go in the opposite direction and passed a resolution declaring itself an “unwilling host” for industrial wind farm developments. Mayor Brian Milne, who initiated the motion, said it had become clear the wind farm proposal was splitting the rural community. “I could see this was going nowhere in terms of the community,” Milne said Thursday. Read article

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Wind Turbines and Autism – Sarah Hornblower

Wind Turbines proposed around Sarah Hornlower’s home: 92 NextEra turbines (Jericho Project), 44 Suncor turbines(Cedar Point Project).

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Legal claim drafted against wind company

legalListowel Banner, Andrew Smith
LISTOWEL – Residents in the community are taking legal action against a proposed wind energy project for North Perth and Perth East in hopes of keeping the development out of their backyards.

A community meeting was held at the Listowel Agricultural Hall on March 28, where organizer Karen Galbraith spoke to residents on the development of a draft legal claim against Invenergy Canada. Seventeen property owners have already joined the draft legal claim, Galbraith said, which was initiated after a meeting with Toronto lawyer Eric Gillespie last August. Gillespie has handled a number of cases against wind companies, fighting for residents who believe the proximity of wind turbines causes a drop in property value.

Galbraith said the legal action is still very preliminary, but feels the interest from residents is encouraging. “To have that amount of interest in a preliminary draft legal claim, is I think very positive for our community,” she said. “The more we have that can participate, it’s a stronger force against the whole project.” Read article

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Southgate Samsung Project Dead

not a willing hostBayshore Broadcasting, Jon Meyer
The large wind turbine project in Southgate has apparently been stopped. Mayor Brian Milne says the Samsung, Pattern Energy project needed willing host status from the Township to move ahead.

At last night’s meeting, Milne says Council voted unanimously to stop the wind project by declaring itself an unwilling host. Milne says there was no way the township could resolve a number of issues it had with the project, without more control. He says it was apparent the project would tear the community apart. Samsung needed willing host status to move ahead with its 50 turbine, 120-megawatt wind farm proposal.

Milne applauds the Province for giving them that out clause, and the ability to say no. But Milne wishes the Province gave them site plan control.  Instead, he says council had to say yes, with no conditions. Read article and listen

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Tagging ducks a worthy project

turbines-birdsChatham Daily News, by Peter Epp
[excerpt] The Lake St. Clair wetlands are an important part of the overall natural infrastructure that supports waterfowl such as ducks. Lake St. Clair, along with Rondeau Bay, provide an important habitat for the millions of migrating waterfowl that use both the Mississippi and the Atlantic flyways. Ironically, it was Kingsville’s Jack Miner who helped uncover those flyways. Miner started banding geese in 1909. That very first year, the original band was recovered in South Carolina.

Within 10 years, Miner’s banding program had included thousands of geese and ducks, and helped society discover the ancient migratory pathways used by waterfowl and other birds. It was learned that Canadian geese, for example, flew as far south as the Gulf Coast states during the winter, and as far north as Baffin Island in the summer. Miner’s work eventually led to the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, which made it unlawful to capture, sell or kill certain migratory birds in the United States, Canada, Mexico and three other nations.

But what Jack Miner couldn’t have anticipated 100 years ago was the development of hundreds of wind turbines in Ontario, with many of them located precisely in the migratory path of waterfowl. The Long Point Waterfowl study will also examine the impact that wind turbines have had on the movement of mallard ducks. Given the continuing controversy that exists over wind turbines in this province, that part of the study will probably carry the most interest. Read article

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One year anniversary of CAW/UNIFOR turbine

CAWThe Shoreline Beacon, by Wayne McGrath
We are approaching a dark anniversary of what I believe to a very bad and hurtful declaration pushed into our community by the combined forces of UNIFOR (CAW) and our own provincial government.

8,760 hours (one year) of suffering by members of this community should be considered a serious crime. The evidence is clear and precise. Industrial wind turbines project two levels of noise that effect certain people in a most horrid way. Currently, about 1,800 turbines are built and another 4,900 are planned to eventually total 6,736 turbines ruining rural Ontario. Within two weeks of the CAW turbine starting, 16 complaints had been made and that number kept increasing throughout the summer. If you used just 16 complaints for one turbine and multiply by 6,736 projected turbines, 108,000 Ontario citizens are and will become sick. The reality of actual facts makes this estimate very low.

When you know that Ontario produces more power than needed and the government has no intention of altering future turbine developments, you have to wonder where common sense disappeared to. Cronyism is thriving. One of the first companies to reap the windfall from turbine subsidies is now the president of the Liberal Party of Canada. This may partially explain why the CAW turbine, with no setback distance, was allowed to proceed despite the government’s own 550 m setback rule. Read article

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Libs’ green dream now a nightmare

wynneToronto Sun
The biggest scandal of the Kathleen Wynne/Dalton McGuinty Liberal government of Ontario — the cancelled gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga — stems directly from its disastrous blunder into green energy. The legacy of this foolish, reckless decision is now a criminal investigation that extends into the premier’s office, as well as billions of wasted dollars that will have to be paid by Ontarians for decades to come.

The controversy besmirches what the Wynne/McGuinty Liberals claim as one of their proudest achievements — their elimination of coal-fired plants to produce electricity, replacing it, they say, with cleaner, greener wind and solar power. That claim is nonsense. Wind and solar power can’t replace coal because they can’t provide base load power on demand to the electricity grid.

Aside from being outrageously expensive — wind and solar are only economically viable with massive public subsidies, costing billions of dollars, which taxpayers and hydro consumers will be paying for decades to come — they are also notoriously unreliable. Read article

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K2 Substation’s Newest Safety Device

K2 site newest safety addition a life preserver.

… a life preserver.

Samsung Pattern Energy Project

“Check this out.  Again, ya can’t make this stuff up, not even on April Fool’s Day. Next to Shawn and Trish Drennan’s sits a small lake created by K2 Samsung Pattern’s digging for a turbine substation.  They were warned there would be a problem with water.  K2 has been trucking tankers of water out of there for weeks now, at great cost to themselves.”

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