Province Announces No Offshore Turbines “for now”

Sherri Lange and her brother, David

MEDIA RELEASE: Toronto Wind Action and  Great Lakes Wind Truth, Canada

Sherri Lange, Founding Director of Toronto Wind Action and Executive Director, Canada, Great Lakes Wind Truth, today expressed her group’s excitement about the turnaround decision by the Province to halt offshore turbine development. The potential dangers posed by wind turbines are finally being recognized and she praised the Province for listening and indicating that full scientific studies would be conducted first.

But while this represents a reprieve for communities across the Canadian side of the Great Lakes, “We have studies in hand that attest to the evidence that huge industrial turbines are horrifically expensive, subsidized out of hydro customers’ pockets to a multiple of four times, and create environmental havoc,” Lange said. “In short, they don’t belong anywhere.”

This grass roots resistance to industrial wind turbines is international. On the other side of Lake Ontario, NY State residents are fighting the GLOW (Great Lakes Offshore Wind) project of 166 offshore turbines proposed by NYPA (New York Power Authority). Whether turbines are on either side of the Lake, Lange said, we will all suffer. Lange and Tom Marks of NY State have co-founded Great Lakes Wind Truth, a bilateral watchdog organization that aims to prevent any industrialization of the Great Lakes.

Lange remarked that the official announcement indicates no offshore turbines “for now” and the fact that the Province wishes to wait for the US shores of Lake Erie to be the “experimental canary” offshore, do not mesh with the permanent moratorium that residents hope for. “If turbines are premature on the Canadian side, why not contact Erie legislators, and share with them the task of doing the studies; environmental studies, including migration studies that are independent and transparent?” she asked. Where are the sound and noise propagation studies there, the aquatic studies, the health studies? Dr. Lu Lombardi is a well –known sound researcher and family physician in the Toronto Bluffs, who has spent thousands of hours examining all the available data and studies on sound and turbines, and their effects over water. Dr Lombardi has estimated that 60 miles off shore might be safe for human cohabitation with turbines. It’s only 34 miles (51 kilometres) across the widest part of Lake Ontario. Therefore, any turbine installation in the Lakes on the US side of the Great Lakes will affect Ontario as well.

Lange also commented on the recent ABC (American Bird Conservancy) announcement that with the proliferation of turbines “millions” of birds and bats are dying. She added that an eagle expert from Spain, Mark Duchamp, has more deeply researched the inadequacies of bird mortality studies. He estimates that with approximately 200,000 wind turbines internationally, there are eight million bird and 16 million bat deaths per year. “The alarming rate at which bird life is being chopped up, and lost to habitat fragmentation by turbines, is beyond frightening. Please don’t talk house cats and buildings. The numbers and equations don’t even come close. When is the last time you saw a cat with a Golden Eagle in its mouth? These developers have a get out of jail free card,” she echoed of Dr. Michael Fry, President of ABC. “If you or I kill an endangered species, it’s jail time.”

Lange also documented that Ontario is seen as a leader in wind turbine education. We have a very high number of moratoriums in this province. Councillor Paul Ainslie was very proactive and instrumental in attaining the Moratorium vote at the TRCA (Toronto and Region Conservation Authority), the largest Conservation Authority in Ontario. International groups are watching Ontario and are certainly feeling encouraged by the Province’s announcement today, she said.

With this announcement, comes the fervent wish that this is only the first step and that rural communities will now benefit from the provincial U-turn on offshore turbines. It has been documented that people have left their homes, or been bought out by developers, and have recorded unacceptable levels of stress and sleep deprivation, dizziness and a host of other ailments, loss of property values, and community disruption. This is not news. The Premier was made aware of these for some time now, even in the Legislature, she added.

Lange feels that the off shore announcement will bear more fruit. “The evidence is accruing internationally, we know the science doesn’t work, we know the environmental standards are not being met, we know that this technology is the worst possible of the so called “renewables.” What people want is truth, and to know that their lives and health, their economy, and their love of nature is not for sale. The passing of the Green Energy Act by the Provincial Liberals, has forced the creation of grass roots citizens groups to become audible and to organize and provide research which confirms that the Province has moved way too fast with turbine proliferation. The province’s recent caution with offshore turbines shows that the people are being heard and that people can hope and expect to be heard now in all parts of Ontario,” she said.

9 thoughts on “Province Announces No Offshore Turbines “for now”

  1. Ontario never should have installed wind turbines to begin with. The only reason the province backed down on IWTs in the lakes is that were forced to so by the people.

    Ontarians already have all the necessary information to stop IWTs on land and it’s time to use it.

    Have the Conservatives waited too long to present their IWT agenda? If so,then the people will set the IWT agenda.

    What is the NDP wind turbine agenda and the Green Party’s agenda?

  2. “The province’s recent caution with offshore turbines shows that the people are being heard and that people can hope and expect to be heard now in all parts of Ontario,” she said. ”

    Well said Sherri.

    Get ready Dalton – the winds of change are coming and, as BTO said, “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”

  3. Sorry, but this “moratorium” is strictly political. Those wind turbines were never going to go up off the bluffs anyway. Too much Liberal money in that neck of the woods. If the Liberals win the next election, suddenly they will have the science to go ahead on off shore full-throttle, it will just be elsewhere in the Great Lakes. The developers are more interested in on shore where they can put them up at much less cost and therefore much more profit so the off shore is not that big of a deal. There are not enough Liberal voters in rural Ontario for Dalton McGuinty to bother to make a similar political maneuver regarding on shore projects and even if he did you cannot believe him. It is all part of the say anything to get elected strategy. If the Liberals are given another majority, they will just do whatever they want (whatever some lobbyist whispers to Dalton McGuinty that sounds like a good idea), regardless of what they say now.

  4. The Queens Park Bandits are good at pretend, just look at Ontario’s (Pretend) Biodiversity. The Ontario government’s arbitrary decision to separate out a specified portion of an activity to make it affordable to proponents and or developers who would otherwise not be able to meet with current legislative requirements consistent to the activity had the activity not been declassified. Wind turbines no matter the size will kill Ontario’s wildlife at each site location from commencement to decommissioning, so there is no, Ontario’s Biodiversity, what is portrayed, is pretend.

  5. “These developers have a get out of jail free card,” she echoed of Dr. Michael Fry, President of ABC. “If you or I kill an endangered species, it’s jail time.”

    Please correct me if I’m wrong but it is my understanding The Species At Risk Act
    is a piece of Federal Legislation?

    I wasn’t aware the windy greenies were exempt?

    Therefore; why AREN’T they being prosecuted?

    B.B.W.

  6. Here in Reading, Michigan we are trying to put a hault to the building of 50 wind turbines in our own back yards! A handful of residents, including most township board members, stand to get a bundle of $ to allow turbines on their property. The rest of us, just finding out about this 2 yr. old plan, want them stopped! Can anyone help us?

  7. The Species at Risk Act is Federal. The Endangered Species Act is Provincial. Many species are listed in both Acts. Acts are nothing if they are not enforced. These Acts are rarely enforced unless it is a lonely individual wanting to chop down a dead tree. The Acts have compensation or mitigation actions which can be done whether compensation (usually money to study or create habitat somewhere else) or mitigation is possible or has a reasonable expectation of doing any good. It seems any sign of action can be acceptable as mitigation. How can enforcement ignore infractions of an Act? Does that not make them accessory to the infraction?

  8. Good point Zen2then. They are accessories to the infraction and should be included in penalties. However I won’t hold my breath.

  9. Patty said:

    “Can anyone help us?”

    Nope — no second amendment rights in Canada. We have been stripped of our right to bear arms. Heck we get citations if we “bare arms”.

    You’re on your own on this one. We are your poor northern cousins…

    Start digging through the reference papers on this site though…We still have our pens. For now…

    Check the Viability Section — guilty of penmanship…

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