Quebec wind developer cancels meetings – afraid of “violence”

The Montreal Gazette, 

The developer of a proposed wind farm in St. Cyprien de Napierville cancelled two public meetings scheduled for yesterday, citing the possibility of violence.

“We would have preferred to meet the residents and present our project in a fully transparent way, but we have heard that certain people, who may not even be from St. Cyprien de Napierville, have decided to be present only to provoke others, and even engage in racist acts, furthering the potential for violence,” John Bud Morris, president of Kahnawake Sustainable Energies (KES), said in a statement.

Morris said the company, owned by the Kahnawake Economic Development Commission, made the decision after the municipality warned that tensions could get out of hand at the meeting.

St. Cyprien Mayor André Tremblay confirmed that he told organizers that emotions are running high over the project. “Sometimes people can get carried away,” he said.

KES has submitted a bid to Hydro-Québec for a $68-million wind farm in the community 45 kilometres south of Montreal. The project, which has not been approved by the utility, calls for eight 125-metre turbines to produce 24 megawatts of energy.

The mayor and the council are firmly opposed to the proposed wind farm. Opponents said the giant turbines would disfigure the landscape, lower real-estate values and disrupt wildlife.

In an email, Morris complained that a Gazette article inaccurately identified Continent 8, which would finance the wind project, as an online gaming company based on the Isle of Man. In fact, Continent 8 is an Internet gaming hosting service.

Morris added that the company plans to lay a complaint with the Quebec Press Council over a series of articles on the project in the Journal de Montréal, which he charged “were tainted with sensationalism that contains misleading and discriminatory information.”

5 thoughts on “Quebec wind developer cancels meetings – afraid of “violence”

  1. This cracks me up!

    Quebec gets 100% of their electricity from CO2 free sources almost all of which is so called
    “renewable” hydro. She has a CANDU or two but I’m not sure these units are still in operation.

    It matters little. Quebec generates so much power she exports more then 14% of her total generation capacity of over 36,000 megawatts. She does not import any power at all. Ontario on the other hand can import or export 12% of her total capacity, much of this (more then 30%) imported from hydro Quebec! Hydro Quebec is the largest electricity generator in Canada and amongst the largest in the world.

    This means that 100% of her wind capacity (she has over 600 industrial wind turbines) is exported.
    The wind companies receive a subsidy from Quebec residence to the benefit of the importer who only pays market rates. Now where have we heard that before? Could that be not only Denmark but right here in Ontario?

    Now, as CO2 reductions, energy security, environmental impacts, economic development and all the usual fraudulent arguments, could not be used by the wind industry to steal the Quebec ratepayers money, the only route left would be direct bribery of elected officials. I’m guessing this is part of the reason why MacLean’s Magazine chose Quebec as the most corrupt province in Canada! I can’t see how Ontario could be far behind!

    And these bozos wonder why the people are starting to get a tad peeved?

    This would actually be funny if the costs both monetary and otherwise weren’t so high.

    Sean Holt.

  2. …an online gaming company based on the Isle of Man…

    This is worth a bit more probing.

    Thanks, Sean Holt, for this information about power generation in Quebec.

  3. IWTs cost the host province money and even more money if the sporadic bit of IWT power produced can be mixed with other power to be exported. So why would a province like Quebec pay to put up more IWTs? Obviously not to produce power as they don’t need more power. Selling the IWT power costs them money. It is no different anywhere as IWTs do not produce much if any useable power. The purpose in building them is for the money transfers and most likely we know little about the money transfers that are making IWTs possible and why some organizations and media have given their blind support. A company ripping people off, telling lies and hiding the truth must have staff feeling a bit paranoid.

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