Wainfleet wind turbine meeting packed

Wainfleet resident Tim McCormack slams the development of wind turbines with passion

by Eddie Chau, Niagara This Week

It was all about wind energy in Wainfleet this past Wednesday.

About 100 people packed Wainfleet Township council chambers on Feb. 23 to voice their two cents worth on the hot topic at the moment in the municipality: wind turbines. Wainfleet Township Council held a public meeting in order to receive feedback from residents regarding the matter.

The subject in mind is the proposed wind farm by Wainfleet Wind Energy Project, developed as a joint venture between IPC Energy and the Loeffen Farms. The project calls for the installation of five turbines over a land area of 3,400 hectares in Wainfleet’s lakeshore area.

While the purpose of the meeting was for residents to give input on matter such as building permits, landscaping, emergency procedures or the environmental issues pertaining to the project, residents chose to freely express their concerns in general about it.

Rathfon Road resident Andrew Watts said council cannot support things that aren’t good for the community. Watts said he doesn’t understand why the township doesn’t have the authority to protect its residents from the project.

“I think they are the biggest money cash grab in Ontario,” Watts said.

Lakeshore road resident Lee Bott said the concept of erecting turbines tears apart communities all over the world and would not like to see the same happen to Wainfleet. Bott said she moved to Wainfleet to live in a “peaceful, simple” community and it could be taken away should the turbines goes up.

Bott said she did some research and noted in a 2007 study from Denmark that the country imported more electricity then it gave out due to wind turbines not working properly. Bott said the turbines have serious environmental effects, high production costs and serious noise output.

“It’s not a matter of affecting a few people. It’s affecting a lot of people,” Bott said. “Be careful what you wish for.”

Ald. Ted Hessels wondered about road allowances pertaining to the project and whether the cost of maintenance would be covered by the proponents. Township planner Grant Munday said as part of the agreement with the proponents they will have to pay for any damage to the roads caused by construction of the turbines.

Munday said in some cases deposits are taken to ensure work is completed.

Sideroad 23 resident Tim McCormack said he was concerned about infrastructure. With turbine project going in, McCormack said taxes will go up because the roads will be torn up.

“Did you drive down Lakeshore Road to see the quality of the roads?” he said. “Think of infrastructure. What will you have to build in order to keep residents here?”

Augustine Road resident Dan Augustine said he supported wind energy in Wainfleet. Augustine noted wind mills are ancient technology having been around for 900 years with no problems and wind power is an inexpensive resource and not harmful such as coal or fuel-based energy.

Augustine took a shot at users of nearby Skydive Burnaby, the main business concerned about turbine development. Augustine said mother nature has given birds internal navigation skills to guide around the turbine.

“I hope the parachuters can do the same,” he said to gasps from the audience.

Buckner Road resident Lewis Shedden said he doesn’t know how natural habitat will be affected by the turbines. He believed the turbines will kill off hawks and falcons and possibly chase deer away.

“They also kill bats,” Shedden said. “They don’t have to hit the blades. They are hit by sonar, which decompresses them. Their lungs will explode.”

Ald. David Wyatt said turbines is a huge issue in Wainfleet and something he took to heart when he was elected to council last October. Wyatt stated he wasn’t against green energy, but concerned about how to develop windmills in Wainfleet.

“I don’t’ think the issue will go away anytime soon,” Wyatt said. “We want the moratorium to gather as much information pro and con so council can look at the benefits for Wainfleet.”

Council accepted the feedback Thursday as it goes into deciding the fate of a proposed moratorium on wind turbines at its March 8 meeting.

18 thoughts on “Wainfleet wind turbine meeting packed

  1. These people need to educate themselves. Do they not know about the bird and bat mortality’s reported on Wolfe Island and around the world. Also there is a reason that wind turbines have not been used to produce electricity for 100 years of the 900 hundred years they have been around. …they do not work! period. Subsidies around the world are being stopped! Truth has burst the green bubble.

  2. Wyatt stated he wasn’t against green energy, but concerned about how to develop windmills in Wainfleet.

    Energy is not green — get over it. We simply choose the environmental damage we wish to accept. Accept that or the alternative is obvious.

  3. Perhaps Augustine would also like to get rid of all diesel and nuclear driven ships and go back to the days of sailing. Perhaps when the wind doesn’t blow and the ships are becalmed he could be a rower! Incredible, where are these people still calling a 400ft tower a windmill!

  4. And besides, does Augustine realize that the “windmills” he so lovingly refers to are also motor driven using oil and neodymium is used for the motors magnets. Addionally 1 ton of rare earth is used per megawatt of generating capacity.

  5. Correct.
    Not windmills….Industrial scale wind turbines.
    Think the blade span matching a 747 jumbo jet!
    No sir, not a windmill and not green.
    We must bust down these notions, continue to educate those who are just hearing about it and be patient with them. We were all there once.
    Educate, educate, educate….there is no one else to fall back on, it’s up to everyone to spread the information in your community.
    Truth will prevail.

  6. OK take a deep breath, Sierra Club has the audacity to post this campaign on their website. I suggest we contact SC instead with our own education outreach!

    http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/action-alert/support-wind-energy

    “Dear Councilor,

    I’m writing to urge you to be a supporter of wind energy in Ontario.

    Wind energy is the fastest growing energy sector in the world. It’s a key part of Europe’s climate change action plan where turbines are operating in close proximity (and harmony) with communities.

    Wind energy is not only an important tool in the fight against climate change, it’s good for the economy creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs and providing sustainable, non-polluting electricity around the world.

    Wainfleet Township should welcome the opportunity to be part of a cleaner and greener future, and, more importantly, part of the solution to climate change!

    Health and other impacts of wind turbines have been studied in conditions similar to Ontario and have been shown NOT to be significant. Please look beyond the rumours and unsubstantiated claims being circulated. Those behind the rumours and misinformation have a vested interest in killing wind energy – don’t be fooled by them.

    I realize I’m not a resident of Wainfleet Township, but this is clearly a situation in which we should all be “thinking globally and acting locally”. What’s good for Wainfleet Township is good for Ontario, and what’s good for Ontario is good for Canada and the world.

    When the upcoming vote on wind energy takes place, you can make an important contribution to the future of Ontario. Please stand strong and support wind energy.

    As Tommy Douglas said: “Courage my friend … ’tis not too late to build a better world.”

    Sincerely,”

  7. These are the same like-minded eco-nuts that have brought energy poverty to the United Kingdom.

    Hope all have read the problems that wind turbines are causing in the U.S. Pacific northwest. Wind turbines are causing problems there with electricity generation in the Bonneville Power Administration.

    Bonneville Power administers & manages the hydo electric Columbia River system and the wind turbines that are fed into this system which cause lots of power problems in high water times. There is also nuclear power which feeds into this system.

    This system is similar to Ontario which also has hydro & nuclear power generation and wind turbines can cause the same problems in Ontario.

    http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/02/25/25climatewire-bonneville-power-to-wind-generators-shut-pow-22723.html

  8. The New York times link is down today but can still be picked up from my post yesterday under “Ontario moves forward with wind and solar projects” Feb.24,11.

    This is an important article as it explains what happens when you try to mix hydro,nuclear and wind power generation. All MPPSsshould also read this article as well.

    You can also Google the article.

  9. Not only are they the same eco-nuts who have helped pauperize the commoners worldwide, but Sierra Clubs have armies of volunteers who dedicate “countless hours” per month indoctrinating naive students, all with a wink and a nod from Gaia teachers.
    Sierra Clubs toss out millions to their poohbahs and support staff in salaries and expenses, while holding King’s ransoms in assets. I’d call this big business, not non-profit organizations.

  10. Bluenoser,

    These eco-nut groups know that it is now or never for them. When they lose they will be out of money and jobs.

    Expect a big pushback from them and lots of political pressure put on.

  11. “I think they are the biggest money cash grab in Ontario,” Watts said.
    Cash and carry, when we say bye-bye!
    “I hope the parachuters can do the same,” That dude deserves to be spat at when he walks by. He doesn’t care about anyone else but himself.

  12. Current output of Ontario’s fleet of spinning twirlers? 26MW!! Awesome (not).

  13. Environmental issues with IWT’s tend to be secondary when we are worried about our famlies health or how to pay the mortgage when the bank just rejected a loan because your property value went down.Wainfleet council approved a new official plan last fall. Wainfleet Township’s wetland area went from approximately 6% of the total land area to over 20%. This was sent down from the MNR and passed with few changes.The MNR normally would act if endangered or protected species of birds or bats were being killed. I am sorry for the dedicated individuals of the MNR,who disagree with the Liberal goverments policies, that must remain silent at this time. The NPCA, the policy enforcement body, has also been strangely silent.

  14. Tides Foundation maybe took the name from “Tide” laundry soap where the source of the origianl funding could be washed out?

  15. Sierra “Club” is exactly that………………….a “Club” of eco-whackos who only listen to their indoctrination from Green Industrialists who are completely “jaded” by $$$$$ and power!!!…….it has absolutely nothing to do with an honest discussion about wildlife protection or human health!

    Tides Foundation are nothing more than “power brokers” who pull the Gang Green’s “puppets” strings!

    These organizations have finally been “outed” for what they really are and should now be totally “ignored” so they can disappear!…………. “Ostracized” from Society isn’t near good enough!

  16. I have sent my letter to Wainfleet’s council. Have you?
    Dear Councilor,
    Another take on Sierra Club’s recent bombardments of letters to you:
    I’m writing to CONGRATULATE you in seeing through the scam called wind energy.
    Wind energy is the fastest growing energy sector in the world and kills millions of bats and birds each and every year. Foolishly it’s a key part of Europe’s climate change action plan where turbines are operating in close proximity and therefore harming its communities.
    Wind energy is not only an ideological tool in the fight against Al Gore’s un-sicentific beliefs in climate change, it’s not good for the economy and kills hundreds of thousands of jobs and provides costly unsustainable, polluting dirty electricity around the world due to their need for fossil fuel backup and neglect for proper engineering.
    Wainfleet Township should not welcome the opportunity to be part of a scam that is not clean and nowhere near green. Wainfleet Townships needs to protect present and future generations to come. More importantly wind energy is not part of the solution to climate change because climate has always changed and man has little, if any capability of impacting the climate.
    Health and other negative impacts of wind turbines have been studied in conditions similar to Ontario and results have been shown to be significant. Please look beyond the rumours, propaganda and unsubstantiated claims being circulated. Those behind the rumours and misinformation have a vested interest in earning huge profits for themselves and the wind energy companies – don’t be fooled by them. Their lack of science is unconscionable and will create energy poverty to Ontario’s citizens.
    I realize I’m not a resident of Wainfleet Township, but this is clearly a situation in which we should all be “thinking globally and acting locally”. What’s good for Wainfleet Township is good for Ontario, and what’s good for Ontario is good for Canada and the world.
    When the upcoming vote on wind energy takes place, you can make an important contribution to the future of Ontario. Use your head and not your dreams. Please stand strong and DO NOT support wind energy.
    As Tommy Douglas said: “Courage my friend … ’tis not too late to build a better world.”
    Sincerely,
    A Fellow Citizen of Ontario

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