Message to Thunder Bay Council: ‘Take no straw vote’ on wind farm!

Lynn Peterson, Mayor of Thunder Bay

netnewsledger.com

THUNDER BAY – One of the more controversial issues facing City Council this year come before a special meeting on Tuesday. This past Thursday, Administration released their recommendations regarding the proposed Big Thunder Wind Park development. A Special Committee of the Whole meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 to review this report prior to several public deputations being made that same evening.

The pre-meeting – before the regular meeting is a 2 hour proposed in-camera session from 4:30 to 6:30 pm – and relates to issues of legal matters, lease negotiations and real property issues.

The Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee (NMEPC) in a statement released Monday state, “It is our message to Council, City Administration and the general public that absolutely NO ‘straw’ decision should be made or encouraged at that meeting regarding turbine locations on the Nor’Wester Mountains. There is no urgent need to make this important decision now and it will not hamper any required process Horizon Wind Inc. may have, since they can only submit their REA to the Province, after their Open Houses, currently scheduled for August 4th and 5th, 2010. It makes no sense to rush this project, forgoing public input and concerns”.

The NMEPC is very concerned that “We are not being included in the consultation process for this project, particularly since it was promised as a fair and open public forum. It is our position that NO decision should be made by Council or Administration until all public input, deputations and new third party information is collected and compiled for consideration by all concerned parties”.

2 thoughts on “Message to Thunder Bay Council: ‘Take no straw vote’ on wind farm!

  1. There may be a small amount of hope…

    http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/news/331848,summit-drops-clean-energy-pledge.html

    Toronto – The leaders of the world’s 20 most powerful developed and developing states (G20) on Sunday dropped a pledge to invest in climate-friendly energy generation from their final summit statement.

    “They went through this document with a vacuum cleaner to remove any reference to clean energy. In the Pittsburgh G20 summit (in September 2009), there were 8 references to ‘clean energy’ – in this one, there is zero,” WWF climate expert Kim Carstensen said.

    “This is demonstrative of the host country’s lack of drive and ambition on empowering a shift to renewable energy,” he said.

    The text also watered down a Pittsburgh pledge to phase out subsidies of fossil fuels.

    The final version said that that pledge should only apply to “inefficient” subsidies “that encourage wasteful consumption.” However, it removed a clause which would have made the pledge entirely voluntary.

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    Maybe this pointless drive to destruction will end!

  2. More than hope as progress made at the G20 level provides direction to follow.

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