Wind blows, mayor of Lambton Shore says

Mayor Gord Minielly

By Paul Morden, The Sarnia Observer 

Building wind turbines close to the Lake Huron shoreline will hurt tourism, says the mayor of Lambton Shores.

A standing committee of Lambton County council backed Gord Minielly’s request Thursday for a staff report on the potential impact of off shore wind turbines.

Ontario proposed rules for offshore wind turbines in June that included a five kilometre buffer zone.

Three companies have submitted 12 off shore applications Lake Huron sites as near as 50 metres from shore, and as far as 30 kilometres offshore, the Ministry of Natural Resources says.

Minielly said Lambton Shores staff are also preparing a report on wind turbines.

“We don’t want them any where near the shore,” he said. “We want them far enough that they’re not going to be interfering with the beauty of the sunsets that we have.”

Whenever his municipality considers taking any action near the lakeshore residents say they don’t want anything done that interferes with their view of the lake and sunsets.

“If you had something winding around in the red sun, I don’t think it would help. So I don’t think it’s a positive thing. I don’t really thing they’re needed.”

Michigan is considering rules for offshore turbines and has proposed a buffer zone of six miles, or nearly 10 km.

“At six miles the acceptance rate becomes significantly greater,” said John Sarver, who heads Michigan’s Wind Working Group for its energy department.

Ask what distance he would like to see between the beach and off shore turbines, Minielly said they shouldn’t visible from shore.

The Ontario Power Authority has set a target of using wind to generate 15% of the province’s energy needs.

Currently, Lambton County’s only onshore wind turbines are located in Lambton Shores, but Minielly said he isn’t a fan of the province’s wind energy approach.

“The reality is they should have built another nuclear plant for base load and used (natural) gas for peaking, and the hell with the solar and the wind turbines,” he said.

“I think they’re just a waste of money.”

15 thoughts on “Wind blows, mayor of Lambton Shore says

  1. In Essex County we need the GEA, the setbacks are greater than our brain dead councillors have given us. It’s sickening to drive around here and see what our town councils have allowed the wind industry to do. If they had followed the Jones study they paid so much money for it would be bad enough, but no, under threat of an OMB hearing they just caved. Chatham-Kent is horrible also,that’s what happens when city people lord it over rural land.

  2. “I think they’re just a waste of money.” Yep.

  3. How about building some big dams in Northern Ontario where no one is living. There is plenty of water in the north, there are plenty of rivers that could be used for this purpose, the impact on the enviroment would be Finite rather than Infinite. Would wildlife be affected, yes, to some degree, but it would recover.

    With the continued use of Turbines, wildlife will continue to decline.

  4. If the OPA wants 15% wind power then keep in mind that for every 3 mw of wind power, one mw of gas/coal/nuclear have to be built for when the wind doesn’t blow. Currently with 1100 mw capacity of wind power in Ontario, the turbines are generating 137 mw of power or slightly over 10% of capacity (http://www.ieso.ca/imoweb/siteShared/windtracker.asp?sid=md) . Capacity does not equal output. Today, Ontario needs 18000 mw (this is on a Saturday when business is shut down)of power and wind is providing 137 mw.
    Have you ever seen so little for so much? You will need to build at least 10,000 more wind turbines and countless gas/coal/nuclear to counter when there is no wind. Never mind the shattered rural landscape, property values going to zero, illness,environmental damage to wildlife and the exorbitant cost of this mindless policy.You get nothing back and pay in every respect that makes rural life the joy it is or could be. Stand up, THINK,THINK THINK and don’t get screwed over by the quick talking man with a calculator.

  5. Mr Alias….How about a pipeline from Lake Simcoe to Lake Ontario with hydro generation all along the way. Not funny, Lake Simcoe is 700 feet above sea level, Lake Ontario 245 feet above sea level.The water is flowing into Lake Ontario anyway. You could intersect the pipeline 10 times easily along the way and generate hydro electric power.Most of this could be done underground.The impact on the environment, property, taxes,health etc when compared to windmills would be negligible . Its just an idea,maybe not an original one but certainly worth looking at.

  6. Scott Brooks:

    The wind power is correlated across the province. We regularly have drop outs to ZERO production. You cannot work with the averages. I know people try to do that but is not a valid design criteria.

    Take a look at the Watts With The Wind in the Viability section. You can see that the wind often produces 5% or less of face plate.

    The averages mislead.

    The pipeline? I have heard a lot worse ideas.

  7. Wind turbines are more about creating carbon off-sets than generating power. Carbon off-sets have to be in place so that carbon credits can be traded using the turbines as a trading basis.

    Cap & Trade may not be dead yet.

    So the turbine owners have going for them:
    1. Tax incentives & breaks
    2. Subsidies
    3. Future carbon credits to trade

    All of these compliments of the taxpayers/rate payers. Can’t get a better deal than this one is.

  8. Scott, it would be a good idea, then again how many oil pipe lines are there running throughout Ontario, just the gravity alone could push oil or whatever diesel, and or gas through the pipeline to specially built generators, however these ideas wouldn’t work because they make to much sense.

  9. “…to hell with the solar and the wind turbines…I think they’re just a waste of money.” Nice to hear someone says something intelligent.

  10. This Mayor is such an corporate money hungry dipstick. When I told him and his councillors about the health effects on neighbours near Forest his remarks are farmers have a right to earn some more income. Nothing on our concerns,now since his area in Grand Bend his jewel and near his home then he comes out with a bang with his issues. He is nothing more than a self pleasing DICKHEAD. I have written e mails to him often and not one reply back on my ill effects on what he allowed in Forest. He is a mirror image of McGuilty

  11. Funny that the mayor says he doesn’t want them ‘anywhere near the shore’. Um Gord, you HAVE THEM ON SHORE already, and you have snubbed those who are suffering from these machines hovering over their homes and making the ill. I think at the very least you owe the people onshore who are suffering a HUGE apology if you really have had a change of heart, otherwise you come across as a cold NIMBY.
    Too many small town mayors/councils put money way before people; they don’t seem to have a human heart.
    Lambton Shores has 10 IWT’s operating on land, and at least 175 more proposed…not counting the hundreds proposed to surround their township. Why didn’t he object to these projects on shore, if he’s just worried about them being a waste of money? Or is he really having a case of ‘put them on rural farm land, but not near my tourist money lake’?

  12. Vote them all out on October 25th!

    And VOTE for someone who you can trust!

    Or don’t you have anyone you can trust?

    If not then find one!

  13. Regarding Quiote No use here in Forest most or all of them are dead beats. Best just to move out of here and let them live with this junk town. I have not seen any help here locally.

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