Horizon lawsuit may kill project in Thunder Bay

In launching their $126 million law suit, it is now likely that the Big Thunder Wind Farm in Thunder Bay is now finished. Councillors, who in 2006 were enthusiastic, are now far more aware of facts on the project. Candidates for office in Monday’s election have seen how the project has been one that has divided this community.

With the launching of the law suit against the city, the one thing that the company likely didn’t expect has happened, they shifted the tide of opinion against themselves.

by James Murray  newsnetledger.com

THUNDER BAY – Under the Ontario Municipal Act there are specific areas where a municipal government should go “in camera” or behind closed doors for discussions.

One is when discussing legal issues, such as Thunder Bay City Council has done over the Big Thunder Wind Farm over recent meetings.

On Monday night, a motion was put forward to indemnify Loch Lomond Ski Resort over possible legal implications from wind turbines. Legal advice was needed, and that led to over four hours of “in camera” time while the Mayor and Councillors discussed the issue.

The speed on Tuesday which Horizon Legacy Energy Corporation, Horizon Wind Inc., Horizon Wind Limited Partnership, Big Thunder Wind Park Inc. and Big Thunder Wind Park Limited Partnership launched legal action demonstrated the importance of Council having those guidelines from the Municipal Act.

It is likely that City Councillors now have the full measure, and more about the complaints that opponents of the Big Thunder Wind Farm proposal have tried to share with them.

Horizon Wind LLC, a Houston Texas based wind energy company, which some have mistaken as a part of the Thunder Bay project were very quick earlier this week to get the information out that they are not associated in any way, shape or form with Horizon Legacy Energy Corporation, Horizon Wind Inc., Horizon Wind Limited Partnership, Big Thunder Wind Park Inc. or Big Thunder Wind Park Limited Partnership.

As Horizon Wind LLC is now seeking to operate in Ontario, their speedy action in distancing themselves from the Ontario company is an interesting statement.

In launching their $126 million law suit, it is now likely that the Big Thunder Wind Farm in Thunder Bay is now finished. Councillors, who in 2006 were enthusiastic, are now far more aware of facts on the project. Candidates for office in Monday’s election have seen how the project has been one that has divided this community.

It will be difficult at best and impossible at most, for any agreement after a law suit to be reached by the City of Thunder Bay and the company. For the most part, the law suit had done one thing already; it has united many people in our community against the current proposal and its proponents.

There can be critical commentary against City Council for getting into this situation. However back in 2006, the shift to anything “green” was popular. It is still atop the McGuinty Government’s political agenda, and Premier McGuinty has price tag blinders on when it comes to the price tag of green energy.

That however is a discussion for provincial politics. In Thunder Bay, Councillors are now in a position where without the ability to seek legal advice behind closed doors, we could be facing a law suit that could be hard to win.

The Big Thunder Wind Farm divided Thunder Bay with some for, and some against. With the launching of the law suit against the city, the one thing that the company likely didn’t expect has happened, they shifted the tide of opinion against themselves.

James Murray

6 thoughts on “Horizon lawsuit may kill project in Thunder Bay

  1. This is just the beginning. Wait and see TransCanada Corp’s lawsuit against Oakville and Ontario over the Gas Plant reversal by DooGood and McGoofy!

    One way or another these Greenies will get their “pound of flesh” out of us lowly unwashed and unclean taxpayers!

  2. The proverbial “wolf in sheep’s clothing” has shown its fangs!

    We have also witnessed how Energy Farming Ontario Inc., a wind energy proponent and M. K. Ince & Associates, a company contracted by EFO to provide consulting services, have forced residents of Ontario to sign in or forfeit their right to attend a “Public Open House” mandated by O. Reg. 359/09 as a means of “consulting the public” regarding proposed industrial wind turbine projects in the Township of Asphodel-Norwood, the Township of Cavan Monaghan, the City of Kawartha Lakes and various other municipalities across Ontario.

    The legal action brought forward against the City Council of Thunder Bay by Horizon Legacy Energy Corporation, Horizon Wind Inc., Horizon Wind Limited Partnership, Big Thunder Wind Park Inc. and Big Thunder Wind Park Limited Partnership certainly remove any doubt there might have been as to the ‘almighty dollar’ being their primary focus with this wind energy development.

    It would certainly appear that the monetary damages being sought is the main focus of the legal action as opposed to any secondary concerns about the so-called “green energy” side of their proposal.

    Most definitely this wind energy proponent has demonstrated its true colours – and believe me, it is $$$$$$$ GREEN!!!

  3. This damn lawsuit bloody well SHOULD kill the project!

    I’m still incredulous at the absolute absence of intelligence in our elected officials. I can’t believe
    that it is possible to be both human and that stupid at the same time. These people certainly don’t deserve to be linked with arguably “the most intelligent species of life on the planet” Even a Neanderthal would see through this “green energy” charade!

    As for the wind developer, that is just pure unadulterated greed!

    AARRGGHH!

    Sean Holt.

  4. “a motion was put forward to indemnify Loch Lomond Ski resort”

    So the ski resort would have to go out of business and the owner/owners would have to be paid for loss of the busines. How much is that going to cost the taxpayers besides the loss of jobs?

    More taxpayer money to be paid out so that wind turbines can be installed on the adjoing property.

    Can this be construed as self dealing or just a plain cover up?

    At the very least this is/was not a smart thing to do with the people’s money.

  5. Horizon Wind LLC statement that they have nothing in common with Horizon Wind Inc. may not be as clear as they would like it to be. If Horizon Wind Inc. took on that name to give an illusion of being a bigger company they are not the kind of company anyone should want to deal with. The trick is for Thunder Bay to get out of this wind deal and to stay out of any future wind deals. If they can it will be a lucky break for Norwest Escarpment, though, look out for other companies who have the smarts to appear to play nice though with no plans to play different in the end once things are beyond stopping.

  6. The cost of indemnify the ski resort could be more than the City of Thunder Bay would receive from Horizon Wind of ~4-5.5 million over 20 years.

    Ski resorts are not cheap. Loch Lomond said it couldn’t obtain insurance so that means they can’t operate the business.

    Just find out what Loch Lomond’s value is for taxable valuation and go from there. The additional loses for loss of business will add up very quickly.

    Due diligence was not done.

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