Suncor plans to erect 28 wind turbines in Lambton County

By TARA HAGAN, The Sarnia Observer

Suncor Energy is planning to erect 28 wind turbines in Lambton County, but at least one neighbour says they aren’t welcome.

“The problem with wind turbines is that there are a lot of problems the government seems to be ignoring,” said Eric Erhard, a chemical engineer who lives near where Suncor proposes to build a 70- Megawatt wind farm.

The project would see 28 wind turbine generators stretching across Lambton Shores, Enniskillen Township and Plympton-Wyoming.

Erhard was responding to a public meeting notice issued by Suncor, to discuss the “Camlachie-Cedar Point Wind Power Project.”

“It irritates me that they don’t do enough testing and studying,” said Erhard, noting U.S. studies that link health problems in humans and animals to living near wind turbines.

“I’m not against wind turbines at all,” he said. “But they’re too close to populations.”

Calls to Suncor were not returned on Monday.

Erhard said he’s certain his property value will drop if the project goes ahead, noting the “excessive noise” produced by the whirling blades.

“Wind turbines can also have a visual impact on the surrounding environment,” he added. “Many people think they spoil the landscape.”

In a letter Erhard sent to Victoria Barrington, senior communications advisor for Suncor, and members of Plympton-Wyoming Council, he asks, “How many migratory birds are you going to kill in Plympton-Wyoming with these turbines?”

He specifically refers to migratory tundra swans, which are a tourist attraction in north Lambton.

“You are probably not even aware that these Ôblenders’ you’re installing all over our area, will mash the tundra swans as they make their way north in the spring and south in the fall,” he said.

“I would like to know if it is OK if the residents of Plympton- Wyoming can Fedex you all the dead bird bodies that collect in your wind farm. In fact, you should have to publish the number of birds.”

Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper said he’s not surprised by the negative feedback.

“I have mixed feelings about it, myself,” he said. “I haven’t really seen a real health study on it yet, so I have concerns there. There are a lot of unanswered questions.”

Napper noted the new Green Energy Act, which allows wind farms to bypass the municipal planning process. The Act means no one can object to the farms based on rezoning, official plan or site plan issues.

“It looks like the province has their mind set. It’s going to take a pretty good fight to stop them,” Napper said.

Public meetings for the Camlachie-Cedar Point Wind Project will be held the following dates:

* Tuesday, May 18, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Camlachie Community Centre

* Wednesday, May 19, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Enniskillen Township Hall

* Thursday, May 20, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Forest

thagan@theobserver.ca

4 thoughts on “Suncor plans to erect 28 wind turbines in Lambton County

  1. We all have to rise up and March on Queen’s Park

    Please join over 50 communities from all over Ontario on April 28th at 11:00am at Queens Park-

    We demand real INDEPENDENT Epidemiology studies.

    We feel that set backs are not safe for these 40 story Industrial machines as Europe’s set backs are much larger.

    We feel they are a lousy choice of energy as they are relying on fossil fuels 80% of the time world wide.

    We feel that they have destroyed the economy in Spain, Denmark and Germany.

    We know that for every one green job they produce, 2.2 jobs are lost.

    We can not afford the massive cost.

    We feel that they harm wildlife.

    We feel that the Green Energy Act is irresponsible
    and a flagrant abuse of power that is undemocratic.

    Many people will lose their homes value therefore not have the money they counted on for their old age.

    We feel that McGuinty has allowed Ontario to be exploited by the wind industry purely for political ego to appear green!

    Wind turbines are NOT GREEN!

  2. Suncor obviously doesn’t make enough money producing oil that feeds the “gas gouging” Fuel Industry!

    Won’t have to worry much longer about Conservation…….nobody will be able to buy energy!

  3. I think they are counting on the Silence of the Lambtons.

    Hopefully they will be disappointed.

  4. Wind turbines are not green. What is the energy consumed to produce, install, operate, maintain and dispose of these behemoths?Their wide dispersement requires the installation of miles of distribution cables which will produce widespread corona values . Oh yea, What is it that causes the hole in the ozone layer?
    What is the life expectancy of these units? Then what? Do we get to admire a moonscape of derelicts?
    Why would any responsible company build these units along a Lake shore that has such highly desirable properties for residential and agricultural use? Could it be because it is the cheapest place for them to build them so as to make the most profit? Don’t forget the Provincial government has ruled that objections based on zoning and planning are not valid as if they understand the purpose of such foresights.
    Where are the studies showing any potential impact on the health of the local population or the impact on wildlife especially migratory birds?
    Finally, just how much is the government contributing to the Suncor bank accounts to help fund this project or is it in the form of guaranteed overpriced sales of power. Wait a minute, aren’t we the ones that are the government and the ones paying for the power? Looks like we’re fighting ourselves. Maybe some house cleaning is required

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