MERE Wind Turbine Bases, Key Habitat, M’Chigeeng Manitoulin Island

As in Australia the Industrial Wind Turbines are not permitted within five kilometres of regional growth areas and have established no go zones for pristine areas.

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).

Raymond Beaudry
MCSEA

6 thoughts on “MERE Wind Turbine Bases, Key Habitat, M’Chigeeng Manitoulin Island

  1. And once again this whole wind issue is about making money… what a sad sad day.. The most important things in life are not what money can buy. We all know money cant buy health…

  2. What?
    “The provincial health and environmental studies are not in.”

    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.

    which council?
    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).

    What’s really going on here?

  3. This project did not require a Renewable Energy Approval from the
    province as per Doris Dumais,Director of Approvals Program. Permits from
    governing authorities were from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada,
    Daniel Johnson EO, Jason Innes Industry Canada and Carmen Demarco
    Director. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency report signed by
    Daniel Johnson, Environment Officer who states that after taking into
    consideration the screening report, and taking into account the
    implementation of appropriate mitigation measures, they are of the
    opinion that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse
    environmental effects.

    The document also contains;
    Implementation of mitigation measures is required for the project to
    address:
    birds and/or their habitat
    fauna at risk (as defined under the species at risk act)
    flora at risk (asdefined under the species at risk act)
    mammals and/or their habitat
    human health and safety
    socio-economic impacts
    air quality
    climate change
    noise levels
    sedimentation
    soil quality
    vegetation
    water quality

    Their letter goes on to state “A follow up program for this project was
    not considered appropriate” Etc..

    Obviously this is rubber stamped approval was given with little concern
    to the environment and private adjacent landowners rights within the 550 metre
    zone that seems to cross the First Nation Boundary as per the handout
    though exact distances are not supplied.

    Safe provincial setbacks are not determined and proper health studies, noise, LFN etc.No mitigation plans I believe.

    M’Chigeeng is having it’s local community First Nation Elections this month with incumbent Chief Joe Hare being challenged.

    Another First Nation on Manitoulin is unceded Wikwemikong where the elders and youth have successfully pettitioned their chief and council to halt the proposed wind farm developments there.

    The Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation and Sheguiandah First Nation are having their elections shortly also.

    It was all Manitoulin area chiefs other than Wikwemikong through the UCCMM (United Chiefs and Councils of MNidoo Mnising) that partnered with the Northland Power McLeans Mountain windfarm pending REA approval and funding of about 90 million dollars though they did not consult with the people of each community. This may determine the outcome of the upcoming First Nation elections.

    The UCCMM includes, Aundeck-Omni-Kaning; M’Chigeeng,Sheguiandah; Whitefish River and Zhibaahaasing.

    • Hi Raymond,

      After reading the article – what you are describing –
      does not surprise me at all.
      It’s a shame – on display for everyone to see.

      anyways,
      thank you – for posting you comment.
      God Bless your community!

    • My son, despite my warnings, just bought land near Little Current. Kids!

      • We’re done with Manitoulin … we’d rather vacation in another kind of hell.

        How long before the blame game starts?
        If all else fails, Chief Hare can always put the finger on that readily available straw man: Mike Harris.

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