By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer HAGERVILLE – A hearing into a proposed wind-turbine project near Jarvis is tentatively scheduled for Hagersville at the end of the month. The province’s Environmental Review Tribunal has pencilled in 10 days of testimony beginning May 28. The tribunal will confirm the appointment if several motions of dismissal are themselves dismissed at a preliminary hearing in Hagersville this Friday. At issue is the 58-unit Summerhaven wind farm in west and central Haldimand. The Ministry of the Environment approved the Nextera development earlier this year. Appealing the decision are Haldimand Wind Concerns and subsistence hunter Bill Monture of Six Nations. Several others were granted participant and observer status at a preliminary hearing in Hagersville Monday.
The tribunal has a mandate to hear challenges to projects that may pose a risk to human health, wildlife, plant life and the well-being of the environment. MOE representative Nadine Harris signalled her intention Monday to have the appeals thrown out at Friday’s hearing. Harris and representatives for Nextera maintain that the appellants’ concerns fall outside the tribunal’s mandate.
There were several testy exchanges during Monday’s proceedings. Monture began by chiding the tribunal for setting up the hearing so that the appellants were speaking with their backs to the audience. Read article