CanWEA Poster Boy begs for “special” moratorium on 7 turbines.
by: Chatham-Kent Wind Action Group Inc
Oddly, on March 12, 2012 Mayor Randy Hope of Chatham-Kent sent correspondence to the Minister of Environment asking for a moratorium on 7 of the planned 55 turbines in IPC’s Erieau-Blenheim Wind Project. Not the whole project, but just on the turbines south of the Bisnett Line. On March 13 the Mayor– who publicly proclaims his love affair with turbines and their proponents — stated (on Blackburn Radio) that he continues to favour wind and was even interested in off-shore turbines as well.
So what is the reason for the letter asking for a turbine moratorium south of Bisnett Line? Certainly the area south of Bisnett is very environmentally sensitive—lakeshore, marshes, Important Bird Area– but we have been trying for years to protect similar areas in Chatham-Kent from the turbine invasion with no success.
In fact, the same company has turbines in the East Lake St. Clair Wind project being constructed in equally as sensitive areas around Mitchell’s Bay/Lake St. Clair, but the Mayor did not ask for a moratorium for those turbines. The area south of Bisnett is a beautiful area for homes and cottages, but then again so is Mitchell’s Bay and so are many other areas in Chatham-Kent that we have struggled to protect from turbine ruination.
So just what is so unique about the area south of the Bisnett? Maybe we need to ask not what, but rather who, is so important. We would like to find out, so if you live out there and you have some ideas, or your neighbour is someone like a councillor, a medical officer of health, a person who hosts turbines elsewhere, etc, please let us know. Perhaps the reason for the Mayor’s letter lies not in noble causes… but in “noble classes”.
Truly a foul wind!
This is Mayor Hope’s letter:
March 12, 2012
The Hon. James Bradley
Minister of the Environment
Ferguson Block, 11th Floor
77 Wellesley St W
Toronto ON M7A2T5
Dear Minister Bradley:
RE: Wind Turbine Development – Municipality of Chatham-Kent
The Municipality of Chatham-Kent Council, at its meeting held on March 5, 2012, approved the following motion with respect to the above noted matter:
“That Administration request the Ministry of the Environment, to immediately impose a moratorium on the wind turbine development south of the Bisnet Line in Rondeau and that existing permits be revoked.”
Due to the overwhelming number of objections and protests from residents in the Erieau and Blenheim communities, we respectfully request a moratorium on the development of wind turbine development by International Power south of Bisnet Line in the Rondeau area and that all existing permits be revoked.
Randy R. Hope, Mayor/CEO
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
cc The Honourable Dalton McGuinty
Rick Nicholls, MPP, Chatham-Kent Essex