Carol Mitchell is suddenly “anti-wind” (just offshore though)

Offshore wind is off the table

A press release from Huron-Perth MPP Carol Mitchell applauded the news that no offshore wind projects will be located on Lake Huron “as Ontario is not proceeding with proposed offshore wind projects while further scientific research is conducted.”

By Susan Hundertmark, Clinton News Record

An announcement Friday afternoon that the provincial government will not be proceeding with offshore wind projects, including the 12 offshore wind applications in Lake Huron made in 2008 by three companies, was greeted with cynicism by a local anti-wind group.

“It’s a partial victory. All anti-wind groups are against putting turbines in the lakes because of the unknown potential damage from ice, navigation issues and potential environmental concerns. But, it’s really unfortunate that the province is not using the same criteria with on-shore wind,” said Rob Tetu, a spokesperson of Huron East Against Turbines (HEAT).

A press release from the Premier’s Office said Friday, that no renewable energy approvals for offshore wind developments have been issued and none will proceed “at this time.” The province said it will no longer be accepting applications for offshore wind projects in the Feed-In-Tariff program and current applications will be suspended.

“We will be working with our U.S. neighbours to ensure that any offshore wind projects are protective of the environment. Offshore wind on freshwater lakes is a recent concept that requires a cautious approach until the science of environmental impact is clear. In contrast, the science concerning land-based wind is extensive,” said Environment Minister John Wilkinson in the press release.

A press release from Huron-Perth MPP Carol Mitchell applauded the news that no offshore wind projects will be located on Lake Huron “as Ontario is not proceeding with proposed offshore wind projects while further scientific research is conducted.”

“We listened to the concerns from our communities, loud and clear, and our government is taking the responsible and necessary steps to protect the environment, while ensuring there is enough clean energy to keep the province working,” said Mitchell.

Tetu disputed Wilkinson’s statement that land-based wind projects have extensive research to support them.

“All of the science has been cherry-picked from two reports – the report from the Dr. Colby, the Medical Officer of Health in Chatham-Kent, which was a study of available literature until 2007, and the report from Dr. Arlene King, which was cherry-picked from Colby,” said Tetu.

“Wilkinson said he wants to protect the environment. Our statement is that we need more research to protect people. We seem to be being ignored,” added Tetu.

He pointed out that the first people to protest offshore wind projects were cottagers who live in the city.

“The needs of Ontario’s agricultural community are constantly being ignored. They appear to be moving full-steam ahead on on-shore wind,” he said.

Burkhard Metzger, a Central Huron councillor who is an outspoken opponent of industrial wind projects, said he also saw the announcement ruling out offshore wind as “an important first step.”

But, he added that he sees the announcement as politically motivated.

“Why is it perfectly fine to spread them over the countryside? The people who live along the lakes are very concerned about their property values,” he said.

Representatives of the Central Huron Against Turbines (CHAT) group declined the opportunity to comment.

9 thoughts on “Carol Mitchell is suddenly “anti-wind” (just offshore though)

  1. “We listened to the concerns from our communities, loud and clear, and our government is taking the responsible and necessary steps to protect the environment, while ensuring there is enough clean energy to keep the province working,” said Mitchell.

    53% nuclear and 22% hydro, (for a total of 75%) oughta’ be sufficient clean energy to keep the province working, I’d say.

  2. Mitchell’s phoniness, I mean
    sincerity, warms the cockles
    of me heart.

  3. too little too late, hasnt she been fed to the wolves by her own party?? how many on land turbines is she standing behind

  4. Do not believe this woman. They listened to nothing except the stampede of former Liberal voters in Toronto. They are trying to appease them in the hope of remaining in power come October. How exactly were the concerns about off shore any more “loud and clear” than those about on shore? The legal challenges are with respect to on shore. The suggestion that there is a need to consider health effects for turbines 5km off shore but not those 500 metres from someone’s home would be laughable if it wasn’t so pathetic. Ms Mitchell is hoping that appearing to side with cottagers on Lake Huron will keep her seat. Let’s hope the voters are not as clueless as the Liberals believe.

  5. This is only a token reprieve.
    In 2 years they could be there.
    In less than 2 years they will be behind the cottages on land 550m away or did that law go through yet about temperary residential use is not concidered in the set back (law?!!!)(rule?)(guess?)

  6. Well,in the meantime while all the IWT discussion is taking place, GM is going to greatly increase auto production in China. Seems they know where lots low cost electricity will be available.Ford is doing the same thing. No decision from Chrysler yet.

    Many MPPs don’t seem to be able to connect the dots between low cost energy and good paying jobs.

  7. “Let’s hope the voters are not as clueless as the Liberals believe”

    An equally accurate statement would be: “Let’s hope the voters are not as clueless as the Liberals!”

    “Many MPPs don’t seem to be able to connect the dots between low cost energy and good paying jobs.”

    Another equally accurate statement would be:” Many MPPs don’t seem to be able to connect the dots -PERIOD!” (pun intended)

    R.R.

  8. I say whoever requests the scientific studies pays for it out of their pocket. It’s clear the public doesn’t want the studies, the turbines or the consequences. Let’s start looking for some wind concern folks for these offices now.

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