The MERE turbines are well within the 5 km’s of their community and certainly in a pristine area clearing out key habitat which will kill, harm, harass and displace wildlife.
The top of picture one is the Manitoulin’s only secondary high school and the town centre is below the bluff to the left.This is well within distances recommmended worldwide for communities and learning centres where low frequency pulsating noise travels great distances and affects health and concentration for learning.
Also in picure one is the hydro line clearing to the top right and the pics do not not show the sixty six foot concession road clearing for several kilometres to access this site on tower road in Rockville.
It seems the bases are poured and awaiting delivery of the cranes and turbines themselves.This is on Manitoulin’s highest point with a deal reached between Red Bird Energy and core landowner Chief Joe Hare of M’Chigeeng with a 20 year land lease agreement with a 20 year option as per Red Bird Energy website. A 25 million dollar project for two turbines.
Press releases show grants of one million dollars and M’Chigeeng to supply three million with Joe Hare stating requests will be made for another 8.5 million.
Other projects are planned for M’Chigeeng and elsewhere. This is not good for the community of Manitoulin and its culture and heritage should the turbines be erected. An election is coming this month for M’Chigeeng and this issue is certainly on the agenda. The provincial health and environmental studies are not in.
The traditional wisdom of the elders and youth of Wikwemikong have successfully petitioned their council to stop the industrial wind development in their comminity on Mnidoo Mnising, (Manitoulin).