Destructive behavior concerns OPP

[Editors note: Before everyone jumps to the conclusion that it MUST have been an anti- wind protestor who did this, take a moment to remember other 'incidents' that may or may not have happened: fire in Haldimand, gun in Grey, threatening letters about stakes and farm machinery - all of these looked terrible in the media, pointed the finger squarely at us, and yet nobody was charged...? Really? It could very well be the PRO-wind who did this to make our resistance look bad in the media. Pardon my skepticism, but I'm tired of SLAPP suits and crap like this that are facades that the media falls for every time, to distract from the real destruction happening in our communities by the wind companies.]
Grand Bend vandalismLakeshore Advance
Energy company Nextera has been given the green light to start building a 92-turbine industrial wind farm in Lambton and Middlesex counties. And that okay may have prompted the graffiti splashed on Grand Bend Highway 21 businesses and the municipal sign Friday morning. From the entry sign north to the Caldwell Banking sign “Stop wind power” was clearly written in red paint. At the Ausable Inn one car was splashed in red paint and the tires slashed.

Bill Weber, mayor of the Municipality of Lambton Shores, told the Lakeshore Advance that, “Reaction is disappointment. It’s disappointing that it would come to this in Lambton Shores.” Even more frustrating for Weber is that the municipality – which includes Grand Bend – is one of nearly 100 unwilling host communities in Ontario.

The municipality has been fighting to keep turbines out of the community and stands largely on the same side as those in the anti-wind movement. “Everyone understands the frustration that the anti-wind people have, that’s the frustration that the municipality has with the Green Energy Act,” Weber says adding he does not believe this destruction helps to further the protester’s cause.

Provincial approval to build 92 new wind turbines near Grand Bend was just handed down last week and although Grand Bend is not directly involved in the wind debate, yet, the businesses may have been targeted because they are close to homes and apartments being rented by wind company employees. Read article

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Managing energy rage

electricity costPeter Epp, Chatham Daily News
There hasn’t been this much angst about energy costs in Ontario for quite some time. Natural gas prices are rising, hydro-electricity prices are rising, and gasoline and diesel fuel prices are rising. It’s a perfect storm – and you can run but you can’t hide. If you own a home, or a business, or an automobile, these price increases are going to impact your life and your wallet in some way.

The latest jolt comes from the Ontario Energy Board, which has approved an increase in time-of-use prices, effective May 1. The energy board estimates that increase will mean an extra $2.83 a month for the average hydro customer in Ontario, or $33.96 annually. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s still an increase, and part of a pattern that we’re going to see unfold in this province in the coming years. Last December, the Ontario government announced that electricity rates in this province will probably be rising by 42% over the next five years. That’s an enormous increase, but its impact likely won’t be fully comprehended by most customers until they open their bill.

Part of the reason for the increases can be laid at the feet of Ontario’s Liberal government, which five years ago introduced the Green Energy Act. The cost to carry this program was never completely understood by dreamy-eyed bureaucrats at Queen’s Park. The legislation has required a major subsidization of wind and solar power projects. And while both of those forms of energy generation might someday be sustainable, they aren’t anywhere near that point yet. Indeed, it’s been estimated that Ontario’s green energy projects cost $1.2 billion more than the value of electricity they generated, according to a study done in 2012. Read article

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Thousands protest Pylons & Wind Turbines in Ireland

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Standing with rancher Cliven Bundy

bundy1Wind Turbine Syndrome, Calvin L. Martin
The other day, something significant happened in American history.  This man stood up to the American government  — and the government backed down.  (The “American government” consisting of a small army of heavily armed cops.)

This is a story about a number of things:  (a) The renewable energy scam.  (b) A foreign energy company taking adverse possession of rangeland used by this rancher’s ancestors going back 150 years, give or take.  (c) An unseemly collusion between a powerful U.S. Senator, the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, and a Chinese energy company.

The bullying and sleaze of wind energy companies inevitably come to mind.

In this case, it’s not wind energy, but another non-starter:  solar energy.  Involving U.S. Senator Harry Reid (Nevada) negotiating with a Chinese energy mogul to build a huge solar energy plant on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administered rangeland — right smack where this rancher and his forebears have traditionally grazed their livestock.  The Chinese company being legally represented, incidentally, by Senator Reid’s son, a prominent Nevada attorney. Read article

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STOP continues turbine fight, wants communication with Unifor

shame cawBy Sarah Sloan, Shoreline Beacon News
It has been just over one year since the Unifor (formerly Canadian Auto Workers’) wind turbine began fully operating in Saugeen Shores. There is just as much fight today from Saugeen Turbine Operation Policy (STOP), an advocacy group who has been at the forefront of public backlash since news of the turbine made its way into the lake front community, as there was on March 26, 2013 when the blades started spinning.

“We are planning another open public town hall meeting to give our members and the public a summary and an up-to-date review of the events of the past year and where we see our plans going forward,” said Greg Schmalz, spokesperson for STOP in an interview Thursday morning.

Thursday also marked the day Port Elgin residents Charlie and Ann Kelly moved out of their Stickle Street home to a house on the other side of Port Elgin – away from the industrial wind turbine located at the Family Education Centre. Read article

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Do not approve

South Kent Wind Samsung Pattern Chatham Kent Harwich Road 1Wellington Times
The municipality of Prince Edward will ask the Ontario Ministry of Environment not to approve wpd Canada’s White Pines Project—29 industrial wind turbines from Milford to the edge of the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area.

In a report presented to a committee of council last week, the municipality says it considers the Heritage Assessment Report prepared for the project to be “incomplete and deficient.” Further, it states that the proposed plans “lack appropriate mitigation measure” necessary to preserve the heritage resources (homes, barns and such) that will be impacted by the presence of 40- storey industrial wind turbines swooshing overhead.

The municipality wants the MOE to demand that wpd Canada move three turbines it knows will impact the heritage value of nearby properties. Read article

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How to drop a turbine

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MLWAG considering appealing MOE decision to approve 92-turbine project in Lambton & Middlesex

DSC_0812London Free Press, Tyler Kula
Energy company Nextera has been given the green light to start building a 92-turbine industrial wind farm in Lambton and Middlesex counties. Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment issued a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) earlier this week for the company’s proposal to build a 150-megawatt wind farm spanning Lambton Shores, Warwick Township and North Middlesex.

Some final details still need to be worked out, but construction of the Jericho Wind Energy Centre is expected to begin as soon as possible, said Ben Greenhouse, director of development with Nextera Energy Canada. The project has been in the works since 2008, he said, and was submitted for ministry approval 14 months ago. “We’re excited,” he said, noting a laydown yard — headquarters for construction — will soon be built on Thomson Line, north of Jericho Road and south of Northville Road.

But not everyone is enthused about the approval. Lambton Shores resident Marcelle Brooks, with the Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group, has been a vocal opponent of the project. It was a sad day when she saw the approval, she said. “It was just devastating that our voices simply aren’t being heard.” Read article

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Bluewater Wind Project creates divide in community

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CTV News
Construction is underway on 37 wind turbines just south of Bayfield. Once complete, they’ll make up the Bluewater Wind Farm. It’s a project that has divided the community, even families.

“I have cousins that have put up turbines and unfortunately we’re not talking right now,” says resident Mervin Steckle.

One of those cousins is Paul Steckle, the former Liberal MP is a turbine leaseholder. He says he’s never seen an issue divide his community like wind turbines. “To see the divisiveness within our own family name is not something that frankly I’m very proud of.” Read article

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

New environmentalismCounty Live
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

grey highlandsBayshore Broadcasting
(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.”

SwansFauxGreen
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

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“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. http://mywinddiary.blogspot.ca/

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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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