Chatham-Kent wind mega-project starts Monday

ENERGY: 110 turbines to be constructed, despite concerns
By Bob Boughner, Chatham Daily News
The Daily News has learned initial work on a new $600 million wind turbine project in Chatham-Kent will begin next week. The approved project is not impacted by the Ontario Federation of Agriculture’s demand for a moratorium on all future wind turbine projects in Ontario. OFA president Mark Wales, interviewed by phone Tuesday – while enroute to meet with Ontario Energy Minister Chris Bentley – said there appeared to be some confusion by the public on the farm organization’s stance. “We are asking the government to not issue any new contracts for wind turbine construction until a number of key issues have been dealt with,” he said. Read article

20 thoughts on “Chatham-Kent wind mega-project starts Monday

  1. What is the MOE thinking? Obviously no one is connecting the dots.

    Take a look at the following link to see what is planned for the Lake Huron area http://ontario-wind-resistance.org/2012/01/23/lake-huron-coastline-if-mcguinty-gets-his-way/#comments.

    The Melancthon council has written to McGuinty as well and has said enough is enough, they have reached the saturation point.

    The Plateau Wind Project is just the beginning of what is planned for Grey Highlands. The Flesherton Wind Project near Lake Eugenia is awaiting its final approval. Another project, Northern Lights is planned near Markdale. A project in Badjeros will be surrounded by 4 other developments. Bordering that is a project in Melancthon with 50 turbines planned. The cumulative effect of these projects will be to surround the Osprey Wetlands and make it IWT locked.

    The government sanctioned gold rush is turning rural Ontario into one giant industrial facility, the cumulative effect will be devastating for Ontario for Years to come.

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    Please do not give up the fight, the cost is to great. Continue to share what you know with family, friends and associates. Keep writing to your MPP and MP, local council and letters to the editor. We can no longer afford to be the silent majority. Go to:http://ontario-wind-resistance.org/mpp-contact-information/ for contact information.

  2. A clearing in the fog –
    Oops!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CduA0TULnow&ob=av2e

    Mark’s moment – Oops!….it’s media distortion!
    Stop the presses!
    OFA still ‘IN LOVE with GEA!

    NOTE: “Rarely does the opposition to wind towers come from the farming community,” he said.
    “It comes from elsewhere. It’s a very politically-charged topic.”’

    ‘[excerpt] OFA president Mark Wales, interviewed by phone Tuesday – while enroute to meet with Ontario Energy Minister Chris Bentley –
    said there appeared to be some confusion by the public on the farm organization’s stance.

    “We are asking the government to not issue any new contracts
    for wind turbine construction until a number of key issues have been dealt with,” he said.

    Wales emphasized the OFA’s position supporting green energy has not changed.

    “But the government needs to get some issues resolved,” he said. “It’s too important for all us not to get it right.

    “Let’s slow it down and get it right and bring some calm to the issue.”

    Wales said it’s possible with the amount of media interviews he’s given since Monday that some of the information may have gotten distorted.

    He said it was likely the OFA would issue a follow-up media release following the meeting with Bentley.

    Jay Wilgar, vice-president of field operations for International Power GDF Suez, said Tuesday,
    in an interview with The Daily News, he is “surprised by the position taken by the OFA in such an abrupt manner.”

    Wilgar’s company plans to erect 110 wind turbines in two areas of the municipality –
    55 in the Erieau area in south Chatham-Kent and another 55 in the Mitchell’s Bay-Wallaceburg area.

    He said the company, which has spent the past seven years obtaining the necessary approvals,
    is dealing with more than 50 individual property owners.

    “Rarely does the opposition to wind towers come from the farming community,” he said.
    “It comes from elsewhere. It’s a very politically-charged topic.”’

    http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3447842

  3. “while enroute to meet with Ontario Energy Minister Chris Bentley”
    Here we go, damage control meeting ordered/requested by Bentley.
    Wales likely won’t have much more to say, or just told what to say.
    “there appears to be some confusion” thats his start.
    As I see it this whole article from Chatham Daily is one sided.
    Lets hear from the people forced away from their homes, not this Wilgar or Timm.
    And then Townsend, absolutely baseless, of course he’s a participant.

  4. To begin with 50 + IWT landowner hosts do make up the local community nor do they speak for the whole community. IP GDF Suez has had good support from politicians but which politicians are these? Local/provincial or both?
    IP GDF Suez is partly owned by the French government. So send your concerns about these IWTs in Chatham-Kent directly to the French Ambassador/ French Embassy, Ottawa.
    The idea that a foreign government can come into any area in Ontario and make life miserable for people is outrageous!

    • Ontarians need to know that this whole renewable energy scheme was begun by a few people who wanted to sell renewable electricity to Ontario Hydro. They tried to force this renewable electricity sale onto Hydro by means of a lawsuit but this failed.
      The next steps were to get the Ontario laws changed to force this sale of electricity to Hydro and this was accomplished in about 2 major steps with the last one being the passage of the Green Energy Act.
      The activites of the ENGOs provided cover for these events to take place and make them look legitimate.

      • One of the latest moves is to get Ontario IWT guidelines established at the federal level and make this scheme look even more ligitimate.

    • InsideView, http://www.insideview.com/directory/aim-powergen-corporation
      Jay Wilgar, Co-founder, VP and Director
      David Timms, VP of Strategic Affairs
      Mike Crawley, CEO
      Founded 2001 and aquired by IP Canada Inc. Oct.21,2009. the parent company, International Power plc, was 70% aquired by GDF-Suez. which is 35% owned by the French government.
      So as such Wilgar,Timms & Crawley should also be employees of the French government

      • Sorry –
        What I meant was – committee within the township – itself.
        Is shresbury-on – something that grew from inside of your township offices?

      • Yes, our little hamlet has a Community Association, and I am a member. I’ve done work with local NGOs, the municipality and the Province creating, organizing and managing projects. The Shrewsbury Community Association is a new entity, formed last year in response to citizen need for municipal awareness and action of our concerns, as a community. It was created at the suggestion of the Chatham-Kent Mayor, but all organization and planning is our own. With respect to the Erieau Wind Farm, I am acting as an individual, but, should this be a concern of the communities of Rondeau Bay, which it probably will be, then I will ask other local wind-action groups for help. First, we need accurate info. Wayne has kindly shared the South Kent Noise Assessment report, the source of the turbine locations in his KML files.

    • Hey Ken,

      You say,
      ‘The Shrewsbury Community Association is a new entity,
      formed last year in response to citizen need for municipal awareness
      and action of our concerns, as a community. It was created at the suggestion
      of the Chatham-Kent Mayor, but all organization and planning is our own.’

      Okay –
      1. what NGO was hired to ‘implement’ the ‘sustainability plan’?
      Is this the company? – working for ‘wind’…………..& doing both?
      HATCH – http://www.hatch.ca/News_Publications/News/2010/jun21_10.htm

      2. re: Gas Excise Tax – do you know how much money was given to your municipality?
      3. Trillium grants etc.?

      • Yes, I know of the conflict-of-interest issues with HATCH working both ends. Not sure about about the Gas Excise Tax transfers or how Trillium funds were used. Any Ideas?

      • Ken,
        Do you know how much money – HATCH was paid – for their services?
        They do not work – for free.
        And this is taxpayer money.

      • Hey Ken,
        ……you can judge!
        Land Heist! – Kabuki Theatre

        Firstly, this is NOT legislated by
        Provincial Government – or Federal Government.

        It’s ‘Volunteerism’!

        You say,
        ‘The Shrewsbury Community Association is a new entity,
        formed last year in response to citizen need for municipal awareness
        and action of our concerns, as a community. It was created at the suggestion
        of the Chatham-Kent Mayor, but all organization and planning is our own.’

        The problem:
        C-K Sustainability Plan – built in pre determined end –
        this is nothing new – worldwide.

        Your group:
        ONLY contributed – to the process –
        forming ‘consensus’.

        Implementation:
        The Sustainability Plan -still is – only a ‘suggestion’ –
        for the municipality to adopt – voluntarily!

        Results:
        Chatham-Kent Sustainability Plan =
        an ‘ism = Mayor is King! –
        Ending:
        Council – ‘no say’, because ‘consensus’ rules!

        Language in everything!!!!!!

        pdf. pg. 65(pg.61) Action #5. Establish a Shoreline Regeneration Trust
        Pray tell – Trust? – Let’s hope not!
        http://www.chatham-kent.ca/NR/rdonlyres/1B99C7E8-4B1F-46B3-8D21-50A1FE4301CE/14670/ChathamKentSustainabilityPlanApril112011lowresCOMP.pdf

        Note: Freedom does not end in an ‘ism.

        C-K Sustainability Plan:
        Rip it up! Boot them out!

        p.s. 2010 – Election Year –
        the PC’s determined 44 municipalities (+ now) received Gas Excise Tax –
        Bonus Bucks!
        Why just them?

        p.p.s. McGuinty – could be off hook – if ‘Volunteerism’ is @ play.

        You be the judge!

      • Oh yeah –
        Let’s not forget –
        All politics – IS ‘local’ politics!

        Still disturbing!

        Topic: ‘Volunteerism’

        The Trillium Fund gave out more than $114 million in grants in 2010-11 to non-profit organizations,
        community groups, sports associations, environmentalists and others
        to meet its mandate of helping to strengthen the capacity of the volunteer sector.
        The auditor also criticized the Trillium Foundation for allowing some board members
        to operate consulting services and obtain contracts from grant recipients,
        creating what he described as the perception of a conflict of interest.

        The Trillium Foundation doesn’t advertise the availability of its grants in any formal way,

        and staff solicit applications from groups,

        something the auditor said was another potential conflict of interest.

        “The same people who invite certain groups to apply for grants,

        or who tell them about the program, later view those applications and determine who gets funding,” said McCarter.
        http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20111222/opposition-liberals-slush-funds-111222/20111222/?hub=TorontoNewHome&cid=top

        p.s. How revealing! – let’s press snooze

      • I was asked to be part of the Shoreline Sustainability Plan, and asked for a definition of sustainability. You can read my reply in the first paragraph of the report. When I found out that the Committee was seeking an “alternative” and more “workable” definition, I declined further involvement.

        To answer your charge that the Shrewsbury Community Association “ONLY contributed – to the process –forming ‘consensus”. I would challenge you to come to one of our meetings. The next meeting is March 8th at 7:00pm at the Baptist Church on Peel St., Shrewsbury.

        Regarding the Gas Excise Tax and it’s redistribution, I’ve exempted myself by building an electric vehicle, although it saddens me to see people so dependent on gasoline.

        I’ve been involved in various Trillium funded projects, like the Children’s Water Festival and some community habitat restoration projects. Although I know that at some level, many organizations are prone to conflict of interest issues, I believe this to be more an issue of general lack of transparency and accountability. Things which a responsible government can demonstrate and inspire.

      • Hey Free Thinker, I was just finishing up that cigar … she was lovely.

        The Nature Conservancy in the USA is a different group than the Nature Conservancy of Canada. As long as NCC continues to buy up and protect huge acreages in Canada and does not erect IWTs on said properties, I’m OK with sending a few dollars their way.
        All other make believe “green” conservation groups have been stricken from my donation list.

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