CAW “trusts” the government on turbine setbacks yet will not abide by current GEA regs

This would be funny if it weren’t so sad:

Windsor StarDean Fowler said the OMB and the Ministry of the Environment approved the location of the turbine based on the most up-to-date information available about the possible effects on human health. Even though the turbine is closer to residences than the Green Energy Act allows, he said it still meets its stricter standards for noise volume.  Fowler said the turbine can’t be any farther away from residences because the property is too small.  Read article

11 thoughts on “CAW “trusts” the government on turbine setbacks yet will not abide by current GEA regs

  1. Never Mind! – We’ve been blessed!
    A – ‘too small’ – planning problem!
    But – who cares!

    Fowler said the turbine can’t be any farther away from residences because the property is too small.

    “We feel comfortable with it, with the government giving us the blessing. That’s what we’re basing it on,” he said. “We’ve done our studying and our homework and we’re pretty confident.”

    Read more: http://www.windsorstar.com/business/spat+over+Port+Elgin+turbine+plan/5723506/story.html#ixzz1dy4BjFCG

    A perfect example of ‘Willful Blindness’ – sick! – or something else.

    • Problem!

      CAW thinks ‘Wind Turbines’ – green!

      Union activists pushed for the centre to be as green as possible, he said. That included a desire to generate its own green energy.

      Union fights town @ OMB – and wins on appeal.

      Town council turned down the project initially, but the union appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board, which gave the turbine the go-ahead.

      Mind Cramp! What?
      Disgraceful!
      This is a double take:
      Lewenza said the union would delay the project if further information comes to light, but he’s seen nothing to change his mind so far, “and the municipality would have to absorb the cost of the delay.”

      Town council – Current situation!

      While the town has no legal tools at its disposal to stop the project, the town council voted on Monday to ask the ministry of the environment to withdraw the certificate of approval for the turbine.

      Hold on!

      Absolutely – get behind your town council –
      they’ve put up with a lot (from the evidence here -as I see it).

      http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1088750–caw-wind-turbine-sparks-port-elgin-protest?utm_source=Kazi+Group+Media&utm_medium=Kazi+Group+Media

      • Oh – one more thing – I forgot.
        This demonstrates –
        Mr Lewenza having a “hissy fit’ –
        Tsk! Tsk!

        Mind Cramp! What?
        Disgraceful!
        This is a double take:
        Lewenza said the union would delay the project if further information comes to light, but he’s seen nothing to change his mind so far, “and the municipality would have to absorb the cost of the delay.”

        p.s. Corporate responsibility! Be a good neighbour!

  2. If memory serves me correctly there are no actual human impact studies.
    And as the kent tribunal pointed out , every single development is different than another one.
    So if one cannot be compared to another….then what is going on ?

  3. ” We have done our studying and our homework and we’re pretty confident “.

    Is Dean Fowler trying to be funny? That really is hilarious, Dean. You must be the captain of the Titanic. Or perhaps the Hindenburg.

    May we presume that your own buildings will also be closer than 550 meters and that you are still trying to bring guests to your establishment, let alone encourage us all to buy North-American cars built by C A W members?

    Are you really trying to win the annual Darwin awards? And you run an education centre? Which is why you have done your studying and your homework? Yes Sir, it all makes sense now.

    • He`s the Dean of CAW`s Wind University just opened by McGinty and previously known as the CAW Family Education Centre

      “We know there are 100 homes existing inside the 550 m legal setback but our 80 acre alternate site owned by CAW is a full two minute shuttle bus ride from the university and since we really want it here on campus we have no space to put our teaching turbine (complete with FITT Contract) any further away from peoples`homes.“

      Greg Schmalz
      S.T.O.P. (saugeen turbine operation policy )
      519 389 3079

  4. Dean Fowler has no choice but to speak out in favor of this outrageous scam put forward by a union that is supposedly looking after its members..If he goes against CAW policy here, he risks the very real possibility he’ll lose his job….So,,, it’s all about money…Other people that work there are probably in the same boat.. I’m quite sure there are others that others that work there and live in Saugeen Shores are also scared out of their wits to do the right thing and speak out , for fear of reprisals from this bad neighbor… I have been a member of a union for more than 40 years, and have seen first hand what can happen if one goes against their grain..However, rest assured, this fight is FAR from over !!!.

  5. Well, like it or not the turbines produced might be made on Canadian soil,but the workers and contract is in the USA,from Detroit

    Go check out the car park in the factory.all USA plates………..

    The blades went up Hwy 21 this afternoon….I passed them on the way to Goderich.

    Canadian jobs?………

    this need’s sorting eh!

  6. If this turbine is installed, then IWTs can be installed the same distance from homes in urban Ontario sites. Government has deemed them safe so put them in cities even if they have to be shoe- horned in place.
    The present government knows that if IWTs were installed in urban areas they will be all through.

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